Ford Mustang GT an American Icon

To muscle or not to muscle…that is the question.  Most shoppers look for practicality, space for the kids and their stuff, and/or super-sized mpg when debating their next car purchase.  Ford however, has thrown a wrench into that thinking for the last 53 years.  Thank God for the designers who had more than cargo in mind…my recent test drive of one of the most legendary sports cars ever built-in America gives testimony to that fact.

Power, performance and pure ego bubble-up inside just looking at the fine lines of the Mustang GT.  Seeing that 5.0 stirs emotions that no van ever will.  Gazing at the design features that make my ride prime, sharpens senses.  Opening the door is like entering the cockpit of a fighter jet.  Where is my helmet?  My flight plan?  Oh yea, I’m just coming home from golf, but boy does it feel good.

I’m lowered into a body hugging surround of power and placement.  Everything is at my fingertips.  The clutch is tight, I feel power under me.  This is not your Mama’s grocery getter.  The six speed manual transmission is a must and directing the symphony that is Mustang begins.

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Photo by Jules Stayton

Purring like a tiger, not a kitten, I rumble from the clubhouse to longing looks from jealous spectators.  Angels in heaven could not sing a more beautiful aria than the flow of air that rockets out of those pipes.  Just a little rev for the crowd and I’m off…

If you’re new to the Ford Mustang GT or just love hearing that exhaust note click here.

For $33,195 Ford presents it’s Mustang GT 5.0L 302 cu. In. Ti-VCT V8 engine.  Seems like a small price to pay for the head turns and feel of pure power off the line.  435-hp and 400 lb. ft. of torque assure its success every time.  My beauty actually rides for a combined 18-mpg in the dancing 6-speed manual transmission that I wouldn’t trade for the world.  Perfecting it’s dynamics is short in tutelage and killing the engine at the line is no option, so rev it up and launch your dream.

The rubber on my 18″ wheels grip the pavement and the Advance Trac® with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) pepper my enthusiasm with reasonability…but not too much.  Selectable-effort Electric Power-Assist Steering (EPA) helps me focus on the drive, not the iron I’ve neglected to pump.

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Photo by Jules Stayton

 

As I settle into the spacious cabin and enjoy the surprising amount of leg-room for both driver and passenger, my dream is complete.  I pass the vans with vim and vigor and peer around to enjoy the envy of those passers-by intrigued by the aforementioned exhaust note.

Important to mention is that the trunk, even without the 50/50 fold down seats in use, holds two sets of clubs easily.  That weekend away is the perfect use for this baby.

Ford offers ten models for 2017 in the Mustang line.  The V6 base model will be discontinued as they refresh for 2018.

Flex your muscles in the Ford Mustang GT, an American icon built at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, MI.

 

 

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