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I just bought a 2014 Mustang base in manual ($22,200) with the V6 Performance Package ($1995) and the Tech/SYNC Package ($1295). That, plus the $795 delivery charge totals $26,285 MSRP. My dealer discounted the price to $22,700, AND I got another $3500 in rebates -- $19,200 for a truly great car. I am very pleased. It probably helped that I bought the car in the last hours of New Year's Eve -- the last selling day of the last selling month of 2013. I thought about waiting until later in the year for a potentially better discount, but you can't bank on future rebates, and the very rare V6 Performance Package would be almost impossible to find then.
You won't get a better deal with the 2015. It's new, has more issues to work out, weighs about the same, (the base model is the same weight - it's the turbo for my guess would be $25K that saves you 200 lbs), and is going to cost you MSRP, period, for the first year due to the fanboys driving prices up. Your total loan after taxes and license will probably be close to 30K. The Mustang to get will be the next generation after this upcoming one (2018 would be my guess) - the real major update. This one is to much evolution and not enough revolution.
You can buy a basic Corolla for $19K or a Mustang for $19K. Um... Yeah. Thought so.
EDIT - That Ruby Red Tricoat is basically laquer-style 70s paint (multiple coats of color and clearcoat mixed together). It'll last twice as long as normal paint and look better as well. Get the car and don't look back.
One thing to note, though, if you can possibly get the FP6 package, GET IT. The Ruby Red and FP6 makes the car look like a $30K+ car. I'd take it over the "Performance" package any day.
Apologize in advance for the long post. I've driven German cars for soooo long I'm really conflicted about whether or not to get a new GT and need your advice and thoughts.
I'm considering the new 2015 GT and am curious about the horsepower. The last Mustang GT I bought was the new 1988 GT when I was in the Army had I think... 225 HP. Great car really the most fun to drive car I've ever owned and it just smoked anything stock it came up against back then. My wife is Thai and... she used to the silly Tokyo drift movies and I explained to her that long before the spikey haired mall ninjas were "drifting"...we used to do power slides in our old pony cars. Anyway we've been driving Mercedes and Bimmers for years (and I will never own a (GM) Gubment motors car EVER again) and I'm considering trading in my 328i for a 2015 Mustang GT. I have an hour long commute each day and live on a twisty mountain road the 328i handles like a champ and has plenty of zip in sport mode...great style...yet...I have to admit having a 302 V8 that promises noticeably more HP than the current 420...nice...I've driven the new 2013-14 V6 Base Mustangs as rentals on business trips and no offense to anyone but they just don't do anything for me. The steering feels really soft and the interior looks dated vs. retro to me. Also the V6 power seems to lag even though my 2007 328i only has 230 HP...it feels considerably more powerful and more available. That said I'm bored with 3-series...the new ones except for the top of the line models just don't feel like they are worth the price when you sit in them. I spend 2 hours a day in my car so I want something with the power, interior quality and overall fit and finish to stand up to the righteous pounding I give my cars. My old GT so many years ago was great in these departments.
So bottom line: what's the expected GT horsepower expected to be?
The reason the V6 rentals felt like they did was due to the lack of a manual transmission (and stock suspension). With manual and the performance package, it's a blast on mountain roads. If you can possibly drive a manual, do it. I drive manual and I deal with 2 hours of Los Angeles traffic every day. I'm not some superman, either. It's just that the difference between manual and automatic in this car is so dramatic that I made the decision to re-grow my left leg and learn to enjoy it.
As for the V8, it has tons of power. And that's before you do even the simplest mods. That V8 is seriously underpowered and tuned down in base form. The V6 is pretty much as good as it's going to get. It's fine, but modding the V6 is going to net you almost nothing while even basic changes to the V8 will help greatly. Just adding a supercharger and nothing else will net you almost 600HP.
So, yes, the GT has plenty of power.
There was a famous auto review a year or two back comparing the current generation GT to a M3. The auto reviewer (fanboy?) gave the win to the M3 since in the hands of a professional with every safety and stability control turned off, it won by 0.03 seconds. With the safety systems turned on, the Mustang beat the M3 by almost 2 seconds. The rest of the world reading all of that that gave them a tie. Just... You can almost buy two Mustangs for the price of a M3. The average driver would drive both and not even get close to those limits, even.
It's a serious car with great handling. The new one looks.. odd. And it loses the whole muscle car feel to it from what I've been reading. Kind of like what Inifniti did with their Z. They turned it into the G37... The G37 is nice, but it doesn't feel exciting. I'd rather have (even a little) old-school redneck fun in my drive than going Audi or Mercedes' route of smoothing out all of the edges.
But as far as luxury goes, the Mustang has none. It's decent enough, but its charm is that you get fun and performance in a rock-bottom price and not that it wins any refinement contests.
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