We test out Ford’s latest Ford Mustang GT and it’s a riot
Let’s get one thing straight.. the 2019 Ford Mustang is the best Mustang ever built. It won’t be remembered as the good ol’ iconic 65 Stang’ and it’s not even the first year of a new generation, but so far, there’s none better. It’s faster than ever, rides better than ever and handles better than ever. It goes hard and corners flat. It’s a sports car, and for its performance, it’s actually a bargain. However, maybe the Mustang 5.0 V8 is not everyone’s cup of tea. And maybe you’ll struggle to justify that with a starting price of BD18,400 is not a lot for a thirsty sports car. But you won’t struggle to hold back that grin on your face as you floor this absolute beast. So, what’s it like to drive and would you actually want to own one?
So what is it?
This is undoubtedly a muscle car in the most traditional American way. If you think about it, you’ll be very hard-pressed to find a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine like this in modern cars nowadays and that makes this a rarity. Of course, the main reason that makes this rare is that the hard-thumping V8 isn’t a friend to the environment or polar bears. But for rear-wheel-drive fun, it has definitely made a friend in us. Under the hood, sits an impressive 460horsepower V8 which gives this pony a 0-100km/h time of just 4.3 seconds. This new engine uses a dual-fuel, high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system to get all that power. Move to the cockpit and you’ll notice that it features new tech, all without deviating too far from the original looks the Mustang is loved for. Another nice feature worth mentioning is the ability to change the exhaust note. While you might enjoy the noise, it’s sometimes not ideal when trying to creep down your road late at night or sneaking out of the house.
How’s it like to drive?
To put it in simple words, it’s fast and it’s loud. A combination we here at AM seem to love a lot. From starting the engine you’re immediately met with a low rumbling burble that starts to get you excited behind the wheel. Tap the pedal and you can sneak away quietly as the threatening engine noise rumbles and is waiting to be unleashed. Plant your foot down and the harmonious V8 roar surrounds you as the acceleration pushes you back into your seat and makes your adrenaline flow throughout your body. Knowing that folks like us enjoy such thrills, Ford has put in a Drag Mode as well as a Track Mode. The former is all about pulling away with ultimate straight-line speed. You can feel the power intelligently being distributed across the rear wheels as you pull away, always threating to push out to one side or the other. Going around a corner is a more complicated affair with that much going through the rear wheels. The traction control does its job holding you to the road and the new MagneRide adaptive damping which adjusts a few thousand times per second to balance out the load of the car, reducing body roll in turns or nose dipping during hard braking definitely helps. The option to turn off traction is also there which lets you really feel the twitchy power that can help you toss the back end to satisfy your inner hooligan... Good fun indeed. Steering modes vary with Normal, Sport+ and comfort on offer. Speaking of modes, the engine is the same with Normal, Sport, Sport+, Track and Drag Modes so you can easily adapt to suit what you need.
Should you buy it?
In a day where most V8’s are either turbocharged for fuel efficiency purposes, the N/A Coyote 5.0 V8 in the Mustang might seem a bit impractical to some. But seriously, who buys a 5.0-liter sports car and expects it to be practical? With that said, this car is a symbol of purity and fun that not a lot of cars can offer, I mean the noise alone is worth the price tag. Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment combined with comforts like AC and techy-everything does make this a capable modern car that maintains the classic styling we all grew up to love. If you have the cash and want fun, this is for you.