Five-Point Inspection: 5 Reasons Ford Needs to Modernize the Mustang

Five-Point Inspection: 5 Reasons Ford Needs to Modernize the Mustang

4. It's too big and too fat

The current Mustang is both too heavy and too big. Yes, it’s lighter than its muscle car competitors, but it’s a bit hefty for a sports car, which it has transformed into.

The current Mustang V6 weighs in at just over 3,500 lbs, though our convertible tester is a more hefty 3,630 lbs.

High strength steels and other components are certain to help the new Mustang shed weight – early reports suggest the 2015 model will shed 200 lbs. Hopefully it can also minimize its dimensions, or at least make the car feel smaller. The car’s massive front prow does nothing to diminish any sailing metaphors you can dream up holding onto that steering wheel.

  • CA_Refugee

    Having both my grandfather and father work for Ford in Dearborn, MI, I am partial to the “old” or out going ‘stang. The solid rear axle is what I love about it. If you enjoy a “lively” feel and a fun car to drive. Now granted the V6 need not apply, I’m talking about the full power V8 version. I even made a sales clerk at a dealer turn white on a test drive on more than 1 occasion. Fun, fun, fun. I will miss this version of the Mustang for sure. But, I do agree, it is time to update it, and kick some Camaro A$$ all over a track! (and street)

    Having looked at the new leaked pics of the ’15 model… Hmmm… Not quite sure if I like it yet. The headlights are quite interesting… The rear is a bit too angled on the tail lights, but not too bad looking. It has potential, can’t wait to see what the BOSS and GT500 versions will look like!

  • CA_Refugee

    Oh, yea, forgot to mention…

    If you don’t like, or have issues with the solid rear axle’s handling characteristics, all one has to do is install a watts link to the rear axle. Handling issues are pretty well solved by this solution.

  • Lex

    Colum Wood is an idiot.

  • Fox Body Mustangs

    This is a shit article