2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost 2.3 Manual Tested

We know that you already know many things about the new 2015 Ford Mustang. Maybe you know that the 2.3 liter EcoBoost I-4 slots above the V6 engine in the United States and produces more power, it is lighter in weight, puts 320 lb-ft of torque and boasts better fuel economy.
Aside from the 6 speed manual transmission, the Racing Red EcoBoost Premium tester is almost the same vehicle like the automatic-equipped EcoBoost Premium that they already put through its paces. The weight of the car is 146 pounds less than the manual Ford GT that they tested. This car weighs 150 pounds less than the manual version, and that means it is 4 pounds lighter than the automatic version.
With the same 2.3 liter EcoBoost 4 cylinder engine delivering 310 HP as the automatic, the manual has almost the same numbers. Both Mustang completed the 0 to 60 MPH sprint in 5.6 seconds, but the manual little trailed the automatic in the ¼ mile. Their tester got there in 14.4 seconds at a speed of 97.4 MPH, while the automatic in 14.1 seconds at 97.8 MPH.
Because the car was equipped with the Performance Pack that costs $1,995, which adds beefier braking hardware and a larger-diameter rear anti-roll bar, the unique performance test where the automatic win over the manual was the braking test, where the automatic stopped two feet shorter than the 108 feet of the manual. It looks like the tires 255/40 Pirelli P Zero of the automatic included in the performance package didn’t make a difference around the figure 8, either, like the manual posted a 25 second lap time and a 0.85 g average, while the automatic has a 25.5 second lap time and 0.80 g average.

Despite the fact that is heavier, it also bests the last generation automatic Ford Mustang V6 performance pack in most of the tests. That car delivers 305 HP and 280 lb-ft of torque, completed the 0 to 60 MPH spring just 0.2 second slower than the EcoBoost manual. Also, it lagged in the figure 8, where it recorded a 25.5 second time with just a 0.74 g average. The only test where the V6 matched the performance of the EcoBoost was the ¼ mile, where both cars passed the mark in just 14.4 seconds, and the V6 just did it with a faster speed of 98.5 MPH. This could happen because the EcoBoost;s 4th gear sucks the acceleration out of the powerband, according to the associate online editor Benson Kong. He said that there is a shift to 4th right before 90 MPH, so we can expect whatever RPM the EcoBoost lands on is just a little lower that what’s needed to hold that advantage over the V6 engine.
When we speak about the manual transmission on the car, Ford guaranteed more precise drive and easier engagement thanks to the new shift linkage design that surely delivered a silky smooth feel. The clutch of the car was easy on the calves in stop and go traffic, and hill hold help held for a great amount of time, so you could never feel like you are going to back up into the car behind you as soon as your foot left the brake. Driving all over the town in the Ford Mustang was rewarding and that is thanks to its low rpm torque. Shifting the gears by yourself, returns 1 MPG more in the city and combined MPG.
Even though in this EcoBoost model you can hang onto a gear for the time you desire, you still won’t be able to find much excitement in the note of the engine. It is very subtle and many times you will forget what exactly you are driving. It didn’t sound like a muscle car for sure, and it didn’t even look like a muscle car from the inside, but that is not a bad thing. The cabin is finely appointed, though the display screen is positioned a little lower into the dash. The good additions on the tester included $795 voice-activated navigation system and $1,595 Recaro seats. With many other goodies, including adaptive cruise control, reverse park assist, and 20 inch wheels, the grand total for the tester came out to amazing $37,775. For that money you can buy a bare-bones GT with a $650 reserve.

It looks like more people splurge on the GT, as Ford says about 50% of the sales are for the GT, and the other 50% split between the V6 and the EcoBoost. Ford did note that the sales for the EcoBoost are beginning to creep up. Although this Ford Mustang makes the most sense like a daily driver, it all depends on if you do the things for yourself or just sit back and enjoy.


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