The 2019 Ford Mustang: Style, Performance, & More
It's hard to think of any more iconic nameplates in the entire automotive world than the Ford Mustang, and this latest generation of the legendary Ford is now a worldwide sales success story. But what is it that makes the 2019 Ford Mustang so fantastic? This probably isn’t a definitive list, but here you can read about five fun features built into the new 2019 Ford Mustang that are at least partly responsible for the on-going success of this tremendous sports car.
The way the Mustang looks has to be its number one attribute, surely? This current sixth-generation model was unveiled as long ago as 2013 and went on sale as a 2015 model year. The Mustang has undergone a fair amount of change over the years, and some observers describe the current model as something of a Mustang greatest hits collection of styling cues. The best thing about that being a pretty accurate statement is the designers certainly look to have chosen the best hits to put together this current model.
Performance has always been a key attribute of the Mustang and this model is no different. The naturally aspirated V-6 has now been dispensed with, so buyers now have the straight choice between a thoroughly modern four-cylinder turbo and a more traditional V-8. Mustang purists might not have been completely happy with the introduction of the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo finding its way into the Mustang, but that resistance has largely abated how people have experienced this sensational powerplant.
Of course, it wouldn't really be a Mustang if there wasn't a V-8 option, and the 5.0-litre unit currently under the hood of the Mustang GT certainly fits the bill with its 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque. But as well as being quick off the line, this latest incarnation of the mighty Ford is a great handler too, which really is a bonus, and probably one of the reasons the Mustang is now such a favourite in Europe and elsewhere these days.
A huge part of the success of the Mustang from day 1 has been the fact it's an affordable sports car and not one that's out of reach of the ordinary buyer. The starting Ford Mustang price today here in Canada is extremely affordable, more than an entry-level Ford Escape. It's unlikely anyone would consider a base Ford Escape as an extravagant purchase, but the fact you can have a Mustang for just that little bit more has to be a big part of the car's continued success?
To accentuate the Mustang's sports car credentials, all models now come standard with Track Apps. Track Apps allows the driver to instantly view a number of performance metrics on the instrument panel, and the information displayed can be customized to suit the driver's preferences. The information available includes lateral and longitudinal g-forces, acceleration times, lap time, automatic and countdown starts and more.
Sporty manual transmission
The automatic transmissions are excellent, but nothing gets you more engaged and gives you a pure driving experience quite like a stick shift, and the six-speed manual with Rev Matching in the Mustang GT is outstanding. An aggressive first gear delivers a power launch away from the line, and the short shifter throws deliver positive internal shift stops and full gear synchronization.