To be fair, the main change, outside of the brand new chassis that was due after essentially 10 years of the S197 being in production, was the move to an independent rear suspension. But that was almost a necessity—as opposed to some groundbreaking engineering innovation—for the Mustang to keep up with its competition. Asking for an upgrade from a MacPherson strut setup to double wishbone is like asking to raise the cost substantially with diminishing real-world returns. You don’t find that kind of front end outside of high end vehicles (I know Honda’s been an outlier) for a reason.I also went to the LA auto show this past weekend and have to agree; seeing the car in person didn't change my opinion at all. I don't hate the car or even dislike it and I do think the strange rear end is slowly growing on me but I still think the car is a let down.
I'll try to be as objective as I can.....The S550 came out with a brand new chassis, multi-link IRS, and bigger/better brakes to name a few changes. The IRS was the real game changer in this new platform; easily outperforming the performance models of the S197.
8 years later, Ford announces a "new" generation though it was widely known it would not get a new chassis. Little bummer but the S550 chassis was great so not the end of the world. However, being a "new" generation, I was expecting some other large change to warrant a new generation and drive consumer demand. I was really hoping for double wishbone suspension in the front or substantial weight loss, or something.
Looks aside, we didn't get much. The way you interact with the infotainment is new but the electronic features are unchanged. We get 20+ hp which is nice but not substantial. Suspension is unchanged, brakes are mostly unchanged, weight is unchanged, transmission is unchanged. There just isn't really anything substantially new about this car over the S550 models.
My opinion: this car will seem old very quickly. I hope I'm wrong with future special models but comparing base GT to base GT, it seems all Ford did was put new clothes on the S550 and call it a new car but it's basically the same thing underneath.
This I can agree on, but I think the issue is entirely centered around an insufficient charging network at this time. Too few charging stations, too few chargers at said stations, too much diversity in charging ports when it should be standardized.The Mach E is not a Mustang. I will never be convinced otherwise.
Ok, got that out of my system...
I will say, it was almost alarming at how many EV's are coming out now. I'd say easily more than half the LA auto show was full electric.
I don't have anything against EV's directly but as a society, we are SO far away from them being the norm and yet they are being pushed so aggressively.
1. If you can charge at home, cool, but if you live in an apartment, you're screwed for charging. You going to park at the mall for an hour to get 80%?
2. Newsom declared this summer that in 2035, CA will no longer sell gas cars........the very next day, CA residents get a request to not charge their EV's because there is not enough power.
3. Ford Lightning announced and initially instant torque on a truck sounds extremely appealing. Consumers try to tow within towing capacity and get 1/6th the estimated range.
4. Early Teslas are starting to need battery replacements.....$26,000!! And without the battery replaced, the car is useless. So they don't last as long, WAY more expensive to maintain long term, and have essentially zero resale value if you don't do the battery replacement.
Society is not ready for EV's.
For all intents and purposes, that's exactly what they did.My opinion: this car will seem old very quickly. I hope I'm wrong with future special models but comparing base GT to base GT, it seems all Ford did was put new clothes on the S550 and call it a new car but it's basically the same thing underneath.