Brace yourselves, Oppo. 2015 Mustang Oppo Reviews are coming. This review is only the tip of the iceberg. I can't wait to see the rest. This is also based entirely on just one test drive, and I didn't even push the car to its limits. Enjoy!
(Full disclosure: Ford wanted me to drive the Boostang so bad, they started delivering the new cars to dealers specifically in my area — as well as dealers not in my area — in hopes that I (and everyone else) would test drive one.)
Now about that score. I assigned this car a score of 89, but that's not based on anything specific. I just happen to like this car, so 89 it is.
So Monday afternoon, I stopped in at the local Ford dealership just to get my hands on whatever cool cars they might have in stock. But I had no idea I was going to run into this beauty parked right out front.
To the delight of the salesmen, this car had gathered a small crowd of admirers in only a few minutes. One salesman had the key fob, and remotely started the car to a fanfare of "ooo's" and "ahhh's". I was standing behind the car when the car came alive. I was immediately impressed with the depth of the exhaust note. It sounded clean too.
So now it's running. And we're all just standing around, drooling, lusting, and dreaming.
Well if no one else is going to open the door, I'll just go ahead and...
Oh Heavens, yes. Now I'm standing at the opening to the cockpit. The Captain and First Officer's seats weren't Recaro, but that didn't make them any less irresistible to me. I had to get in.
I didn't even know I was going to see this car today! And now I'm sitting in the new Boostang. Behind the wheel. With the engine running.
You know what? I should rev it. For science.
Now what? I can't just rev this thing endlessly. I won't be that guy. Plus I don't have the key fob anyway. If I touch the brake, the engine will cut. Oh man, I hope someone lets me drive this thing.
Looking around, I see excellent interior everywhere.
The rear seats are practically soft padding stuck to the back of the cabin! Sweet Baby Jesus, that is so cool.
Should've brought some syrup.
I start digging around. The center console is outstanding.
I love it when the auxiliary input is inside the console. Stowing an iPod/8-track/whatever securely is so easy!
Oh right. There's one thing I didn't mention.
Well this is awkward. But don't worry.
I kept my cool.
Next, I got a feel for rearward visibility through the mirror.
Not bad, right?
What happened next was completely unforeseen. The salesman opened the door, sat in the passenger seat, made a little small talk... and then popped the question!
Yes! Yes! Oh my God, I said yes.
I hand him my driver's license, and then I waited. Minutes became hours. Upon his return, we busted a Chinese fire drill and the test drive began.
His name is Alex. He put it in reverse. The car started rolling backward.
The rear view camera is pretty good, but really I was just a little saddened to see there were no cool metal toggle switches below. Damn.
We were on our way.
He pulled over. We switched seats. Now it was time for me to drive the Boostang!
Couldn't SR-20 my drive because racecar and whatnot, but it went something like this. He tells me not to push the car too hard right away. We meander down the road. I get a feel for the steering, and it's good. Was it a little numb? Could it have been a touch more communicative? Maybe. But only maybe. It's not worth nitpicking the Mustang's steering. The car is wonderful, and only a relatively small sliver of vehicles could be any better. I mean c'mon, this isn't a 458 after all.
The brakes felt good, but I couldn't push the limits. Not on public roads, and not if I don't want to get my ass kicked by Alex.
Just before the ride ended, I mashed the throttle on a 5 - 45 mph run. The car was almost exactly as fast as I expected it to be. Almost. Something was missing, but what was it again? Oh right. Put a stick shift in there, and call it a day. The automatic transmission in this car is by far the best of any I have driven. But that's like saying we listened to Paris Hilton's best song during the ride.
I pull into the dealership lot. We get out. He pops the trunk.
I was impressed! According to Alex, I could fit two whole sets of golf clubs back there. Wow. If only I played golf.
He said these cars started hitting the lot a couple weeks ago. He's already seen people buy a few of them, and at least one guy dropped a check without even looking at the car. Something about wanting the latest/greatest just because. Sheesh.
I asked for his card, and we parted ways.
I took some time to admire the Boostang one last time before I left the dealership. The red paint pops in person, but in photos it looks orange under direct light. But Christ on a bike, look at that ass.
I had to get my hands on those tail lights.
Went knuckle deep before full dragon.
That was my experience driving the Boostang. It was the first Mustang I ever drove. But now I have to live with knowing the first Mustang I ever drove was a four cylinder automatic.
Oh, and one more thing. Auto dealers, stop it with this nonsense. No one wants ads on their car.
BASE PRICE — $25,995
VEHICLE LAYOUT — Front-engine, RWD, 4-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE — 2.3L/310-hp/320-lb-ft turbo DOHC 16-valve I-4
TRANSMISSION — 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) — 3658 lb (53/47%)
WHEELBASE — 107.1 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT — 188.3 x 75.4 x 54.4 in
0-60 MPH — 5.6 sec
QUARTER MILE —14.1 sec @ 97.8 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH — 106 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION — 0.96 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT — 25.5 sec @ 0.80 g (avg)
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON — 21/32/25 mpg
Stats via MotorTrend