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Short Gearing Is Fun Gearing - 2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited May 2015 in Ford
imageShort Gearing Is Fun Gearing - 2015 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.com's long-term 2015 Ford Mustang GT has a 3.73 final drive that brings many benefits to the driving experience, but also hurts fuel economy.

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  • bankerdannybankerdanny Posts: 1,021
    I think that is probably an interesting graph, but since I am not viewing it on a 24 in monitor I don't know, because the damn font size for the numbers is microscopic on my 15.4" laptop screen. Why can't I click to view a larger version?
  • The dark grey lines are 50/100/150 mph. Hint: CNTRL+ (Command+ on a Mac) will zoom in, even on your laptop.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Posts: 234
    The RPMs drop exactly the same, no? Ratios between gears doesn't change with the different final drive.
  • defyant15defyant15 Posts: 74
    Some poeple complain about short gearing as something that requires constant shifts. I personally like it - I didnt buy a manual transmission to be lazy! Seems like the 3.73 as you said is a good choice.

    Welcome to the Long Term blog Carlos. I'm a fan of your work on MT.
  • mtnbiker8mtnbiker8 Posts: 39
    Have the 3.73. If I'm shifting casually I usually short shift (1,3 or 2,4). When I want to have fun a 3.73 will pull a little harder. Not my road trip car so highway stuff is fine. YMMV.
  • christoplechristople United StatesPosts: 27
    Is this Carlos's first post??? Welcome to the team, I wonder if edmunds.com will start doing video productions like Motor Trend

    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that"

  • boffboff Posts: 91
    I do wish 6th gear wasn't so tall. I can't imagine how gutless a 3.31:1 car would be accelerating at highways speeds.
  • yellowbalyellowbal Posts: 234
    boff said:

    I do wish 6th gear wasn't so tall. I can't imagine how gutless a 3.31:1 car would be accelerating at highways speeds.

    You can always downshift.
  • boffboff Posts: 91
    yellowbal said:

    boff said:

    I do wish 6th gear wasn't so tall. I can't imagine how gutless a 3.31:1 car would be accelerating at highways speeds.

    You can always downshift.
    Very true. I got good at that driving a Mazda RX-8...but a Mustang??
  • fordson1fordson1 Posts: 1,512
    boff said:

    yellowbal said:

    boff said:

    I do wish 6th gear wasn't so tall. I can't imagine how gutless a 3.31:1 car would be accelerating at highways speeds.

    You can always downshift.
    Very true. I got good at that driving a Mazda RX-8...but a Mustang??
    One is doing 1900 at 70, the other 2100. Not a hell of a lot of difference. I don't think that 5.0 is hurting in its ability to pull long gears.
  • desmoliciousdesmolicious Posts: 671
    In one of Carlos' motortrend videos he is sliding a red Miata CS around a race track, really beating on it. Awesome stuff.
    Well, I was shopping for a used Miata CS and a local LA dealer had one. Red, low miles, claimed only one careful driver.
    I compared the license plate to the one that Carlos drove and guess what? Yup, same car! I guess Mazda sold its test car to this dealer, who tried to pawn it off as one driven by a little old lady from Pasasdena!

    Welcome aboard Carlos!
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