Monday, April 06, 2009

It always comes back to the lack of IRS for me

I've been seeing a lot of photos and now reviews of the new 2010 Mustang and of course the SVT Shelby GT500 lately and while everything is written in glowing terms, it always comes back to the lack of an IRS for me.

I don't care how great the new Mustang is, and I'm sure it is, at this time, there is no excuse for the lack of an independant rear suspension, none at all. For years I've read that it would be too expensive or that an IRS couldn't handle the power. Tell that to Chrysler, Chevrolet, BMW, Mercedes and Hyundai! Enough is enough!

The Mustang has been the lone Pony Car for a number of years now, since Chevrolet stopped making the Camaro, but the Camaro is back and so is the Chalenger. And both of them have independant rear suspensions. Sure, they're more expensive than the Mustang, but how about the Hyundai Genesis Coupe? That starts at the same base price the Mustang and that has IRS.

How about the power? Well, Ford sells the Australian Ford Falcon with an IRS and as much horsepower as the Mustang if not more in the FPV versions. Camaro, Challenger and even the Hyundai, all have more power available than the Mustang GT's 320 and they have IRS.

The excuses have worn thin. So, while I love the Mustang, I see huge chances for improvement.
Don't even get me started on the 4.0 SOHC V6!


Igor said...

Legacy of old Ford - Mustang had IRS ready to go - they decided to shelve it and redesign the car for SRA to save $350 a car (!!!!!). At the time this was also to appease old school drag racers who hate IRS - but it was mostly cost cutting.

In the process, the Mustang can no longer fit the IRS it was designed for ... so it would require a major redesign ($$) - this is planned for the all new 2012/2013 Mustang.

This was just a refresh.

as for engines:
3.5l V6 - 265hp
3.5l EB - 370hp
5.0l V8 - 380-400hp

all in 2011 Mustang - this is no excuse, there is no excuse, but it is a fact - they are coming next year


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