Bank On It
Itâ€™s the moment youâ€™ve been waiting for. What options will you choose?
By Steve Turner
Photos courtesy of Ford Motor Company
They say the waiting is the hardest part, and for fans of the 2015 Mustang, the wait is getting shorter. After giving us our first peek at the S550 six months back, Ford has finally opened the order banks for the highly anticipated new Mustang. Thatâ€™s right, you can finally place your orders. Then the wait will continue until â€œlate 2014.â€
â€œFrom the six cities around the globe where we revealed the all-new Mustang, to auto shows to the recent 50-year celebration events, weâ€™ve received an amazing response from people when they finally see the new model,â€ Steve Ling, Ford car marketing manager, said. â€œThis car is all-new with enhanced sophistication and craftsmanship, but it still exudes the essence of Mustang thatâ€™s been honed throughout its history.â€
Of course, your big choice will be which engine to put under the hood of your shiny new Mustang. The obvious choice is the upgraded Coyote 5.0, which Ford coyly says makes more than 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. That doesnâ€™t mean those are the final numbers, but that the engine will make at least as much as the outgoing 5.0. We suspect the official numbers will be higher.
Then there is the intriguing Ecoboost 2.3-liter four-cylinder, which we recently sampled in Concord, North Carolina. The possibilities from the light, powerful engine are tantalizing, and the modification upside of a Gas Turbo Direct Injection engine sounds like a lot of fun. The turbo four will make at least 305 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque.
For those that just love the styling and arenâ€™t hot for power, thereâ€™s the base 3.7-liter V-6 and its more than adequate 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. This model packs a lot of bang for the buck, as it kicks off the 2015 Mustang pricing structure at $24,425. It is followed by the base Ecoboost which starts at $25,995, and the base GT, which starts at $32,925.
Weâ€™re pretty sure youâ€™ve already got your heart set on an engine, but the transmission might take some thought. Opting between the six-speed manual and the paddle-shifted six-speed automatic might be a tougher choice than ever for those that like to shift themselves, as the auto allows drivers to shift manually when they choose to.
Now, there are plenty of cool technology options, like navigation and the Blind Spot Information System, but the choices we are eyeballing are the Performance Packs, which add a strut-tower brace; an upgraded radiator; a larger rear sway bar; heavy-duty front springs; oil pressure a vacuum gauges; a K-brace, larger brakes, summer tires, 3.73 gears, a Torsen diff and more. Both EcoBoost and GT variants are can opt for this option.
Now, if you want the 50 Years Limited Edition, we hope you have long been in line to get one of these 1,964 examples, which is available in only Wimbledon White and Kona Blue. This package offers unique interior and exterior trim. Otherwise, options are few.
Of course, for those outside that exclusive group still in the mood to celebrate the Mustang anniversary, they can choose the 50 Years appearance package. It is offered only on Mustang Ecoboost Premium and Mustang GT Premium models. This package adds a chrome-accented grille, a round 50 Years rear badge, 19×8.5-inch wheels, anniversary floor mats, and unique stitching in the seat and door trim.
After you place your order, comment below and let us know which 2015 Mustang is headed for your driveway.