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The market of muscle cars is inconsiderable. Despite this, each representative deserves a high praise, take along Ford Mustang that has been heating everybody’s imagination for decades. For the 2016, the maker offers a plethora or unique facilities which support the vehicle’s unprecedented performance. Let’s review new Ford Mustang to learn its privileges over key competitors, namely Chevy Camaro & Dodge Challenger.
Design & Chassis
The 2016 Mustang is available in a couple of body types: coupe and convertible. Its external dimensions approximate to those of mid-size sedans: 107.1 inches wheelbase and 188.3 inches length. The body is differentiated by aerodynamic features with a decklid spoiler, winding roofline and muscle sides.
Each modification of the fastback comes with HID headlights, signature LED taillights as well as sequential turn signals. The rear-end boasts dual exhaust pipes, while the front-end accommodates air extractors. The chassis rests on a wide range of wheel options, the size of which varies from 17 to 20 inches (aluminum, machined aluminum, nickel-plated alloy, painted carbon fiber).
Mustang’s chassis promotes for a responsive driving experience. Perfect maneuverability is achieved thanks to an optimal choice of suspension and braking systems. Thus, the hood comes equipped with a ball-joint suspension that ensures the high-end driving dynamics; the tail houses independent integral-link suspension, attended by alloy knuckles & H-arms which help decrease unsprung mass.
Since the brakes are the foundation of any muscle car, Ford has chosen solid Brembo brakes with voluminous rotors. Driving comfort is provided by electric power-assisted steering system that entails three settings, including Normal, Comfort (the least steering effort) & Sport (more strenuous steering) modes.
For the 2016, Ford has prepared four different engine options which add to the Mustang’s superiority. The first 2.3-liter EcoBoost motor delivers 310 hp & 320 p-f of torque. EcoBoost twin-scroll turbocharger technology transfers high-pulse power to the turbine, ensuring the fastest ever response.
The 3.7-liter V6 produces 300 hp & 280 p-f of torque. It is furnished with independent twin variable camshaft timing technology, securing optimal fuel consumption showings: 19/28/22 mpg (city/highway/combined).
The next 5.0-liter V8 item offers 435 hp & 400 p-f of torque (standard on GT & GT Premium trims). Finally, the most powerful 5.2-liter V8 engine is capable of 526 hp & 429 p-f of torque (standard on Shelby GT350).
All available powertrains are bundled either with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The GT350 comes standard with Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox.
Interior is the other vital point to disclose in Ford Mustang review. Upon the whole, the vehicle is estimated for 2+2 passengers. There is plenty of room in the front for the passengers to feel utmost comfort on the move. The driver’s seat is set in a sporty low position.
The leather-wrapped steering-wheel can tilt & telescope; the front left-side boasts a footrest, located at the same angle as the accelerator. The cup-holders are set outside the shifter. The rear seats offer not enough leg and head room for full-sized adults. They can be folded to allow for more boot spacing.
The Shelby GT350 boasts Recaro seats (cloth + Miko Suede Sport inserts). The cockpit features exclusive aluminum trim, while the steering wheel is coated in leather + alcantara.
The 2016 Ford Mustang is shipped with a bunch of exclusive equipment. The next-gen Sync 3 technology is one of the attractions. It boasts user-friendly interface as well as all-innovative features: color touchscreen, voice recognition and voice activation, all-in-one multimedia (audio, video, phone and navigation), Siri Eyes Free technology, Wi-Fi connection.
As far as comfort facilities are concerned, Mustang has no peers. It comes with integrated:
- adaptive cruise control that responds to the traffic movement;
- rain-sensing wipers;
- launch control with TrackApps that embraces powertrain, traction, stability & brakes control to facilitate with trouble-free starts;
- one-of-a-kind electronic line-lock system that keeps the front brakes locked and the rear brakes released simultaneously.
Furthermore, standard safety facilities include forward collision alert, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, traction & stability control, throttle & steering settings.
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