Race Car Driver Reviews New Mustang GT

March 25, 2012 by staff 

Race Car Driver Reviews New Mustang GT, It hasn’t been long since I last removed my race helmet, pulled off my gloves, and leaped out of my 650-hp IndyCar. I’m used to speeds in excess of 230 mph and I’m in my element sliding a 1,600-lb missile on wheels through a bend just inches from a concrete wall. One of my jobs, as a race car driver, is to evaluate a car’s performance at triple-digit speeds and find its true essence.

My most recent mission: To evaluate the all-new 2013 Ford Mustang – on the city streets of Portland, in the rain.

Growing up, I had a poster of the 1968 Mustang on my bedroom wall, and used to imagine being hurled around the hairpin streets of San Francisco by Steve McQueen in “Bullitt.” It’s the world’s icon for muscle cars, and for 2013 Ford’s tweaked the modern Mustang design that draws from that ’68 pony car with a dollop of 21st-century aggression.

Ford’s engineers have kept pace with the pony car wars by raising the power from the 5-liter V-8 in the GT to 420 hp from 412, while the 3.7-liter V-6 keeps its 305 hp rating from last year. This year’s model also sports a 4.2-inch LCD screen featuring Track Apps, which allows the driver to monitor performance measures such as g-forces, acceleration times, and other novelty items that sound wonderful but aren’t particularly useful in the real world.

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