I have driven the Ford Mustang a couple of times. The first time was in Perth in Feb 2017. On that fateful day at the car rental outlet, I was given the choice between a Toyota Camry and a Ford Mustang 5.0 V8. I think I was in a trance because the phrase YOLO kept ringing in my head.
Before I left, I asked the Hertz lady how do I switch to the Sports mode. She said, ‘it’s always in Sports mode’. I trembled with delight.
I drove to Swan Valley and tried to test the acceleration but it was difficult as my wife did not enjoy knocking her head against the car seat. At one point, I managed to do a century sprint test from stop (without launch control). I counted to five secs, probably about right. The brakes worked very well.
The handling was good. I recall there was once when I made a sudden turn at fairly high speed and the car was poised. I cannot imagine doing that maneuver with any car that I have driven hitherto. My back started to hurt after 30 minutes of driving, that means the suspension was
good firm. Parking was a bit difficult as the car was wide and had a long nose.
Interior controls are quite unusual, you flip up a switch to turn on the hazard lights, probably similar to some of the airplane controls I suppose. It’s nothing like continental cars though. The Mustang came with a GPS so you can save on the GPS option if you are renting one. I don’t find it particularly user-friendly. Maybe I am not very smart. The position of the GPS screen was not ideal as it was very low.
When I drove it the third time, and this was in Sydney, it was a new model. The transmission has 10 speeds (!) and the digital display was quite cool and changed according to the driving mode selected eg Sport, Track, Dragstrip.
Can the Mustang be your everyday car? It depends. It has a small boot which can swallow a sack of rice and other groceries. I doubt a golf club can fit in. It’s a coupe so it can seat four in principle, but your rear passengers should be less than 1.7 metres ideally and enjoy challenges to get in and out. They should be comfortable with legroom of 2mm. I tried to convince myself that it’s easy to navigate to the rear seat and hit my head. Do not consider if you have kids.
Looks wise, it’s a nice car. Get it in flashy orange and half of your midlife crisis will be gone.
The last time I drove it, I just went through the motion as I thought it’s the same car. I did some hard accelerations and called it a day. Little did I realise that the century sprint has been trimmed to 4.0 secs. It was also very noisy. Prolonged exposure to the car will definitely hurt your hearing. Don’t envy supercar owners.
The car is available in Singapore. YOLO. My wife says I can buy it but she won’t sit in it. My question is: is that a yes?