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

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

3. It's outdated

Ford will replace the solid rear axle in the Mustang with a fully independent rear suspension (IRS) in 2015.

Long overdue, debates about what what’s best for drag racing are irrelevant. For the car, and for the vast majority of drivers, IRS is better.

Certainly it’s better for road racing, though the flaws of the current ‘Stang’s setup are never really as obvious on a smooth racetrack. Rather, an independent suspension will deliver a vastly superior ride quality, something all drivers will appreciate.

The 2015 Mustang’s new suspension will do away with excessive wheel hop and our tester’s horrendously choppy ride .

  • 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