The new generation Ford Mustang, as you may know, is the first to have independent rear suspension. That opens the door for all sort of improvements and turns the Mustang from a crude muscle car into a sophisticated sports car. Well, sort of.
Ford has now announced a Performance Pack for the new Mustang which promises improved handling and ride quality as well enhanced stopping power, and in the case of the high-performance GT variant, better aerodynamic and cooling.
Basic ingredients of Ford Mustang Performance Packs include uprated suspension with retuned springs, bushings and monotube rear dampers, additional cooling capability for track-day durability, thicker rear sway bar, K-brace struts, sport ABS, electronic stability control and electric power-assisted steering, and center gauge pack. The EcoBoost version gets its own tailored package consisting of 19×9-inch alloy wheels painted Ebony Black with Pirelli 255/40R19 rubber and beefier front and rear brakes.
The best of Ford Mustang Performance Packs is reserved for the GT variant. It gets Brembo six-piston caliper brakes, 19×9-inch Ebony Black painted alloy wheels with Pirelli 255/40R19 tires, Strut tower brace, 3.73:1 final drive ratio with Torsen differential, and unique front splitter to channel cooling air to the front brakes.
Ford has also confirmed the official power outputs for the GT and EcoBoost variants of the 2015 Mustang. Based on that, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost version is rated at 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 5.0 liter GT V8 at 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.