The Mustang GT has been the muscle car of heroes since the first one rolled off the line. It just gets better and better each year as Ford intricately improves on the minute details that casual fans may miss.
The 2015 Mustang GT was the strongest and most comprehensive pony package up to that point, with a throaty, deep growl that could be heard around the block and shake your neighbors out of a deep sleep.
For 2016, you get more of the same, with some very important tweaks that make the ride even better than its not-so-long-ago predecessor.
It’s the Little Things that Count
The Mustang GT of last year was heavily updated, and it just begged to be beaten into oblivion.
The latest package offers the raved about independent rear suspension, but now it’s offered in a multi-link variation. What this adds up to is a smoother and more forgiving ride. This dictated the need for a front strut setup tune, but you will barely notice this aside from a slightly higher amount of torque steer.
The interior is more insulated this time around, and this means you’ll have less of that annoying wind noise ruining your good time (this was especially bad for convertible fans). The one downside to the 2016 Mustang GT update is the rear fast glass, which requires a fair bit of folding up to get into those backseats.
If you’re in these seats for a good chunk of time, you better hope you’re not a tall, lanky fellow.
Additional electronic aids make life easier for the commute, and include: adaptive cruise control and blind-spot warning.
The Important Parts
Now is the time to discuss the real stats that muscle car goers drool over. Ready?
We’re looking at 435 horsepower, 400 lb-ft of torque, a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds, and a quarter-mile time of 12.9 at 112 mph.
All of these numbers are up from last year.
The engine displacement is still a mammoth 302 cu in, 4951cc.
The base price is $33,295, and a heavily equipped model would run you about $41,768. The premium version of the2016 Mustang GT comes with a Shaker audio system with 9 speakers, the Pony Package that includes all those fancy lighting mechanics for your interior that make your friends make faces, premium Brembo brakes, stiffer suspension, limited-slip differential, 10-inch wheels, and Recaro seats.
These are all optional, but they do make your expensive muscle car more joyful to be in on a daily basis.