|You can't see much of the new i.r.s., and how its geometry works, even if you lie down on the showroom floor and|
embarrass your salesman (if not yourself).
The new Mustang with independent rear suspension looks to be a very nice car, and an improvement on the S-197 in both handling and looks. (That is, over the 2010-2014 car; I still prefer the looks of the 2005-2009 "retro" S-197.) But it's still big, and heavy: a pony car, not a sports car. And I got a sticker shock. My dealer's 4-cylinder turbo, not heavily-optioned, has an MSRP of $34K. His V-8 GT, which has a $400 paint job, 19-inch wheels, a rear-view camera, and navigation, has an MSRP of $41K. The latter is about 18% more than the MSRP for my lightly-optioned 2008 V-8 GT convertible.
So I won't be spending my children's inheritance for improved handling. But if I were, the turbo four coupe with light aftermarket wheels, summer-only tires, and the biggest rear stabilizer bar would intrigue me as a wannabe Tail Of The Dragon slayer. I was shown some text in in-house promotion materials to the effect that Ford has altered the steering geometry to improve feel. Hmmmm... Lack of steering feel has been a complaint of mine about Ford products (including my own Mustang) for decades. The 2.0 liter turbo four in Hotshoe's Focus ST is powerful with good driveability, and a similar engine over the front wheels of the new Mustang removes maybe 200 lbs. of weight where it needs it the most.