2015 Mustang Parts
Information had slowly been leaking out regarding Ford's all-new 2015 Ford Mustang for the past several months until, finally, Ford came clean with the much-anticipated specs. The official unveiling was on December 5, 2013 and, in the months that followed, Ford gradually has been releasing more information on this amazing new muscle car, which now has began production. Read on for our Complete Guide to the 2015 Mustang.
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Ford Mustang 2015By Bill Tumas
2015 Mustang GTThe 2015 GT’s 5.0L Ti-VCT V8 engine can produce 435 horsepower and 400 ft./lb. of torque—an upgrade of 15 and 10, respectively, from last year’s model. Ford has said its focus with this generation of the Mustang was the power-to-weight ratio. At 3,705 lbs., the GT is rated at 8.52 lbs. per horsepower, which beats the previous generation's 8.62 lbs. per horsepower. What’s more, Ford has claimed the GT will top out at 155 MPH.
Ford called 2013’s Boss 302 the performance benchmark for the 2015 Mustang models and claimed that the new GT fitted with a performance pack would be able to beat the Boss 302 in a race. With those specs, the GT is certainly in the neighborhood of the Boss’s 444 HP. The 2015 Mustang comes with either an automatic or manual transmission in the GT, with the six speed automatic coming fitted with paddle shifters, as it does on all 2015 models. Ford says this transmission now operates with less friction. Launch control will come standard on the GT, as does a remote start system.
Also available for the new 2015 Mustang is the Premium Package. The Premium Package comes with the same 2015 Mustang parts as the regular GT, but it adds a brand new feature never before available on a pony car: selectable driving modes. These modes—which give drivers the ability to custom tune the steering effort, throttle response, and stability control—can be adjusted for normal, snow/wet, sport and track. The Premium option also adds a few higher-end features to the interior. The 2015 Mustang GT Premium comes with an aluminum accent dash panel, illuminated sill plates, aluminum foot pedals, dual zone climate control, ambient lighting, unique premium door-trim, and leather heated and cooled seats.
The GT Premium also offers some technological advantages over the standard GT as well. It comes with a nine-speaker sound system with an amplifier, along with a complimentary six-month Sirius satellite radio subscription. It also features the MyFord Sync Touch system that has an 8” LCD touchscreen. Sync can be activated with voice commands, buttons on the steering wheel or by pressing the customizable LCD touchscreen.
The GT has a robust performance package that is available with both the regular GT and the GT Premium. Included in the $2500 package is a strut-tower brace, a larger radiator, unique chassis tuning, an upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs, a gauge pack—which includes oil pressure and vacuum--a K-brace, 15-inch rotors and some sharp looking 19-inch high gloss black aluminum wheels. The package also includes a Torsen limited-slip differential, which gives the GT a 3.73:1 final drive ratio. Also included in this package is a spoiler delete, which gives the car a much sleeker, lower profile look.
If you really like the look of the new 2015 Mustang without the spoiler, but don’t want to opt for the entire performance package, the spoiler delete is available as an optional feature, independent of the performance package. Other optional features, beside the common ones like spare tire and all weather floor mats, include a reverse park assist for increased safety. If you’re willing to pay more for a custom color, the GT has Ruby Red and Triple Yellow available.
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Mustang, the GT also has a 50 Years Appearance Package for an additional $1600. This package includes 19-inch Y-spoke wheels, a throwback custom corral and running horse in the grille, a “50 Years” faux gas cap, unique seat inserts and interior accents, custom “50 Years” floor mats, a unique “50 Years” dash emblem and chrome taillight surrounds. If you’re springing for the Premium GT with the 50 Year Appearance Package, you might be tempted to include the optional enhanced security package as well. The security package, available for an additional $395, comes with an electronic locking center console, an active anti-theft system with a perimeter alarm and even a wheel locking kit.
The 2014 Mustang GT price was $31,500, and, as is to be expected, the newer version, with its 2015 Mustang parts, is more expensive. However, for that much power you really can’t get a better deal. The base price of the regular Mustang GT, $32,500, is only $1000 more than last year’s incarnation. The Mustang GT Premium, with its added bells and whistles, starts at $36,100.
2015 Mustang EcoBoostThe EcoBoost is a brand new edition to the Mustang family. Fans and industry experts alike are excited to see what this new model can do. It comes fitted with a 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged, direct injected 4-cylinder engine, and it is the first Mustang since the old SVO to have a turbo. After a long wait and much speculation, it has been revealed that the EcoBoost is capable of producing 310 horsepower and 320 ft./lb of torque, which is the best ever power density from a Ford engine, and since it’s an EcoBoost, we know it’s at least designed to have better fuel efficiency than engines of a similar size, though no MPG figures have been released quite yet.
Like the GT, the Mustang EcoBoost model comes with your choice of a manual or automatic transmission, and just like the GT, paddle shifters are standard for automatic transmission EcoBoosts. Like on the GT, there is a Premium version of the EcoBoost model available. The Premium version of the EcoBoost has the same features as its GT equivalent. However, if you don’t want to opt for the Premium, the EcoBoost still has the same optional security system, reverse sensing system and spoiler delete as the GT. The “50 Years” appearance pack is also available for the EcoBoost.
The EcoBoost also has a Performance Package available. This package gives the car fixed, four-piston front calipers, bigger, thicker rotors and heavy-duty front springs. To give the EcoBoost better acceleration, the performance pack comes with 3.55:1 final drive ratio, which is far better for performance than the standard 3.15:1. It also comes with things seen in the GT’s performance package, like a larger radiator, gauge pack, K-brace and stability control tuning. Ford claims the EcoBoost with the performance pack will have a top speed of 145 mph, compared to 121 mph on the EcoBoost base.
The EcoBoost has a lower starting price than the GT: $25,170. The EcoBoost Premium pushes that starting price up to $29,170. The performance pack for the EcoBoost is also cheaper than the GT’s, at $2000 rather than $2500. The other optional features though—like the “50 Years” appearance pack and the backup sensors—are the same price for the EcoBoost and the GT.
EnginesThe standard 3.7L V6 is serviceable enough, but the real stories here are the EcoBoost and upgraded V8 engines that are available for the 2015 Mustang. The EcoBoost is a marvel of engineering. The shape of its intake manifold and the housing for the turbocharger were purposefully made to allow for maximum air intake and output. It’s the first Ford engine to have a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger, and it has a lively response while maximizing MPG and minimizing emissions.
It works by having an exhaust manifold that divides the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into two intake passages to the turbo. By having the exhaust pulses cordoned off from the next cylinder in the firing order, there is less loss from mixing and much more force going to the actual turbine wheel. This allows the turbine to spin-up much quicker, effectively delivering torque when the driver needs it.
The V8 engine was the beneficiary of some tweaking designed to help it perform better at high speeds. Its upgrades included: bigger intake and exhaust valves, reworked intake and exhaust camshafts, sturdier valve springs, new cylinder head casting, lighter and more durable connecting rods, redesigned piston tops and a rebalanced crankshaft that will help it perform better at higher RPMs.
2015 Mustang Specs
|V6||3.7L V6||300 hp / 280 ft./lb.||$23,600|
|EcoBoost||2.3L Turbo I-4||310 hp / 320 ft./lb.||$25,170|
|GT||5.0L V8||435 hp / 400 ft./lb.||$32,100|
2015 Mustang ConvertibleThe Mustang Convertible will be available for all premium models of the 2015 Mustang. This year’s version of the ragtop comes equipped with a completely electric mechanism for opening and closing the top, replacing the electro-hydraulic system used in years past. The all-electric Webasto mechanism is capable of raising the top in 9-12 seconds and lowering it in 7-10 seconds; half the time it took the old electro-hydraulic system. However, if it starts raining on you during a drive on the freeway, you’ll still have to pull over, because the top will only go up or down at speeds below three miles per hour.
The improvements in the convertible’s top aren’t purely mechanical. The 2015 Mustang convertibles will come with an additional fourth bow and a 10 mm layer of foam between the bows and outer layer. These additions combine to create a smoother appearance for the Mustang’s top when it is up. The extra bow doesn’t create storage problems, either; in fact, the top actually folds down into a smaller space, making the trunk lid even lower than before and increasing trunk space from the 9.6 cubic feet of the 2014 Mustang Convertible to 11.4 cubic feet in this year’s model.
Naturally, the convertibles are a little pricier than their hardtop counterparts. The 2015 Mustang convertible’s starting MSRP is $29,100, while the fastback’s $23,600.
Performance ModelThere has yet to be definitive word from Ford about what kind of performance model we’ll see for the 2015 Mustang. Due to the fact that Ford’s own SVT team is behind the production of the new performance model, chances are the name Shelby won’t be attached to this year’s highest end Mustang. It seems more likely it will be called something like a 2015 Mustang GT350, or it will have an even more historic name like Cobra or Mach 1. Those are likely monikers for the new performance model, but given that Ford has said outright that they’ve based this new generation on the Boss 302, we can probably expect this new performance model to be a Boss 302 in spirit.
Unfortunately, as of now, all we have to go by are spy photographs of a camouflaged performance model undergoing testing at Germany’s Nurburgring, which, interestingly, is something past incarnations of the Mustang rarely did. Appearance wise, the model spotted at the German track seems more aggressive than its 2015 counterparts, thanks to a revised front bumper and splitter, along with large quad-exhaust pipes. Truthfully, though, it looks more like a 2015 GT than a 2014 Shelby. It has average sized wheels and tires, no vented hood, and it is totally without a large rear wing. While the sound of the engine on the video of the disguised Mustang sounds promising, we’ll have to wait until someone sneaks a camera under the hood to know for sure what we’re really dealing with here.
There is also a good chance we may see more than one Mustang performance model released in 2015. Given that the GT350 supposedly is projected to be on the same performance level as the 444 horsepower Boss 302, we may see an even more powerful model from Ford as an answer to Dodge’s 707 horsepower SRT Challenger Hellcat.
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The most budget-friendly version of this year’s Mustang will be a fastback model, since the convertible costs an additional $6,000. The cheapest available model is the V6, but this is still a respectable choice: its 3.7-liter engine is capable of producing 300 horsepower and 280 ft./lb. of torque.
If you’re lucky enough to know how to drive a manual, you will save an additional $1,195 on your Mustang. There is no premium package available for the V6, but it still comes with some decent standard perks for the interior: push button start, an audio input jack, a rear view camera, a tire pressure monitoring system and even SYNC with MyFord Touch. This model, which comes with the spoiler delete included, looks especially sharp in competition orange, which doesn’t cost extra like the ruby red or triple yellow. Built like this—as bare bones as possible but still pretty well-equipped, thanks to some generous standard features—this is a $23,600 Mustang. You may be stuck with an additional destination charge depending on your location.
On the other end of the spectrum, the highest performing 2015 Mustang, loaded with as many extras as possible, is going to cost a little bit more than $23,600. Though the EcoBoost is high performing by many standards, in terms of raw horsepower, no model released so far is beating the GT. An automatic might be worth the added cost for some people, but others might want a manual transmission in their 435 horsepower Mustang. For the sake of this price calculation, let’s assume anyone willing to shell out the cash for a GT Premium is too much of a purist to opt for an automatic. The addition of the optional the Shaker Pro Audio System, the power driver’s seat and mirrors and the potentially helpful blind spot information system (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert will add $1,795 to this model.
The “50 Years” appearance package and the GT performance package are a must if money is no object. If you want the performance package—and you do if you’re building the most expensive, high performing 2015 Mustang possible—you’ll need to go with a fastback since the package isn’t available for the convertible. To protect what is already roughly a $43,000 car, it’s probably a good idea to add the reverse sensing system and the enhanced security package. For the color, try “Guard,” a green that brings to mind Steve McQueen’s Mustang from Bullitt. This car still isn’t ready though; there are a few other features and 2015 Mustang parts to consider. The specifics of the leather interior are basically preselected, thanks to the “50 Years” package, but you can also add adaptive cruise control with collision mitigation and rain-sensing wipers, which is only available on the premium versions of the GT and EcoBoost. This cruise control will detect when traffic is slowing and actually slows the car down based on a preset distance. It will then sense when traffic is cleared and return to the normal speed.
The collision mitigation system works by sensing potential collisions in front of the car and flashing brake lights on the windshield while the brakes pre-charge and increase sensitivity to provide full responsiveness. If that wasn’t enough, the wipers will turn on as soon as moisture is detected. It costs an additional $1200, making this Mustang GT come in at a final price of $44,695.
That’s the most bells and whistles you can get on a model right off of the lot, but if you really want to customize your 2015 Mustang parts, those aren’t going to be enough. Remember to come back to CJ Pony Parts to get a good deal on more unique additions to this year’s model and to get the best 2015 Mustang parts available.
The 2015 Mustang began production in mid-July. Early production models are tests of the process and press models, while consumer production should begin a few weeks later. The first 2015 Mustang parts to be made are going to be the 50th Anniversary Editions, all 1,964 of them, followed by the production of the regular 2015 Mustangs. The release date should be sometime in late October 2014.