Here in the United States, it’s become perhaps impossible to approach and evaluate the Ford Mustang entirely unencumbered by bias; the car has been a high-profile staple of American culture far longer than most of us have been alive, the name alone conjuring all sorts of images and notions to absolutely everyone.
As far as obtaining a clear, neutral evaluation of the car goes, perhaps it would be best to turn to a country for whom the Mustang isn’t such a cemented symbol.
That’s where Top Gear magazine comes in, who recently drove and reviewed the 2015 Ford Mustang GT on the roads of Great Britain. The car tested happened to be a left-hand drive model, as its RHD counterpart has yet to materialize, but the specifications are identical regardless.
So, how did the 2015 Ford Mustang GT sit with the crew at Top Gear? Remarkably well, despite Europe’s preconceived notions of American cars being bloated, crude things (okay, maybe the English aren’t so unbiased after all). TG noted some driveline shunt at lower speeds, though they note that it’s been lessened since the magazine last drove an early preproduction car. The Ford Mustang GT also gets some points off for a relatively high emissions tax rate.
But as for performance and value, the English seem perfectly happy with the independent rear suspension and progressive handling, and the power is tough to beat at that price point. The folks at Top Gear seem equally pleased with the refinement of the 2015 Ford Mustang GT, and find the interior “neither premium nor cruddy.”
The 2015 Ford Mustang GT is slated to go on-sale sometime this autumn, at a price of just over 33k pounds – or $51k US. And if the sticker price, emissions tax, and fueling costs are too much for the Brits to stomach, of course they have the EcoBoost option as well.