With all the news coming out about the all-new 2015 Ford Mustang in the past year, one bit of information has been oddly missing, its weight.
This is notable as all the chatter in the past couple year is that the all-new Mustang would be up to 200 lbs lighter, so we have been waiting on this little detail.
This week however Ford finally let the cat out of the bag that the car is indeed a bit porkier, spinning the story with lots of colorful prose about increased content, better power to weight ratios, and more safety features.
Talking about power power to weight ratios. The 2015 Mustang GT has now 435 horsepower and a ratio of 8.52 pounds per horse. The math makes the new Mustang GT 5.0 weigh in at 3,706 lbs. That’s a weigh increase of about 87 lbs.
Ford explains that the new 2015 Mustang body-in-white is actually lighter than the outgoing model. It’s all the features you want which they had to add to keep you people happy and safe that made the car heavier.
They also explain the 2015 Mustang had to be designed to meet new, more stringent crash safety standards. Content like the new independent rear suspension reduces un-sprung weight for far better handling.
In fairness, this is all true. While we all wanted a lighter Mustang, everyone clamored for IRS, more safety, and a higher quality interior. And Ford thinks we wanted infotainment systems like SYNC and MyFord Touch. These things all weigh more.
We’ll have to wait until we get behind the wheel, but Ford says, that despite the extra weight the 2015 Mustang GT beats lap times of the 2012-2013 Mustang Boss 302. We’ll see. For more news and test drives of Fords and Mustangs see our partner channel TheMustangNews.com.