2021 Ford Mustang GT review (video)
Yes, back by popular demand. It’s the mighty Ford Mustang GT. Here we check the 2021 model for you. Granted, it’s pretty much the same as the 2020 version we tested not long ago. But we thought any excuse was good enough to try one again.
The Mustang is still the most popular sports car in the new car market in Australia. So far this year (through August) Ford Australia has sold 1,979 units, according to figures from VFACTS. Sales have started to decline a bit since its initial boom on the scene. For example, that current figure is down 2.5% from the 2,029 units sold in the same eight-month period last year. Even so, no other sports car comes close – the two-door Mercedes C-Class is the closest, with 827 sales.
Prices are slowly rising for the Mustang, and we’re assuming that’s to be expected given that Ford has made incremental adjustments and added more speed. This 2021 GT coupe with the 10-speed auto starts from $ 67,390, up $ 700 from the equivalent 2020 year (excluding highway costs).
Ford Mustang GT 2021 – SPECIFICATIONS
Motor: 5.0-liter V8
Go out: 339kW @ 7000rpm / 556Nm @ 4600rpm
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Reader type: Rear wheel drive, limited slip differential
Wheels: F: 19 Ã 9.0, 255/40 R: 19 Ã 9.5, 275/40
ANCAP: Three stars
Unloaded weight: 1784kg
Power-weight: 5.26: 1 (kg: kW)
Official fuel economy: 12.7 L / 100 km
Savings during the test: 13.4 L / 100 km
Fuel Capacity / Type: 61L / 98 RON
Energetic efficiency: 26.70 kW: L / 100 km
0-60km / h: 2.74 seconds *
0-100km / h: 4.94 seconds *
0-200km / h: 15.85 seconds *
60-110km / h: 2.89 seconds *
1/4 mile: 12.94 seconds at 183.3 km / h *
Maximum acceleration: 0.909g
Braking 100-0km / h: 3.04 seconds at 37.45 meters *
Maximum deceleration: -1.203g
Idle decibel (/ racing mode): 49/55 *
Peak decibel at 60-100km / h: 90/93 *
Price from: $ 67,390
* Figures tested by PerformanceDrive that day. Factory claims may be different
Ford Mustang GT 2021 – THE PACKAGE
It’s not quite the same as the 2020 version, there are a few updates. First of all, this bright yellow color option, called Yellow Peel. It is part of the prestige paint line, priced at $ 650. After looking at the specs, it looks like it’s replacing the Lime Green Grabber to become the hero’s new color.
This example also shows the black racing stripe option, also at $ 650, and the larger rear spoiler, for $ 750. It’s an eye-catching set, especially with the contrasting black details.
There is also new on-board technology in the form of FordPass Connect with a built-in modem. This allows you to connect with your ‘Stang in a way that was not possible before. Using a smartphone app, you can communicate with your car when you are away from it. And no, not just when you miss it. The app can provide real-time information including its location, and you can remotely lock / unlock and even start it. Imagine the possible party tricks.
On the dash is the same 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system as before, running SYNC 3, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, digital radio, and satellite navigation. There’s also a very impressive 1000W 12-speaker B&O audio system as standard. A subwoofer is mounted in the trunk, but it doesn’t really encroach on usable space.
We like the optional Recaro sports seats up front, but they cost you an extra three thousand dollars. It also means that you lose the heating and cooling functions shown on standard items.
The interior design in general could probably get a major update soon, as it is moving forward a bit now. Saying that, everything is very familiar and user-friendly. Aside from the rear seats, which are clearly only suitable for minions, practicality is decent for a sports car.
With a 408-liter trunk, the Mustang is ideal for everyday use. To give you an idea of ââits usefulness, this is a capacity similar to that of a decent-sized hatchback or a small to mid-size SUV.
Ford Mustang GT 2021 – DRIVING
As before, the handling of the latest Mustang is not as pure or as precise as that of other sports cars in this market segment. The steering feels pretty woody and barren, and the car doesn’t really encourage you to switch quickly between sharper turns. Big corners are handled a bit more gracefully and grip levels are very high, thanks in part to the standard Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. They measure 255/40 at the front and a big 275/40 at the rear.
However, you tend not to worry too much about handling when driving. Because the V8 growl and straight line growl is downright addicting. It produces a beautiful V8 bellows. And we really like the 10-speed auto, because it tends to keep the engine revs high, almost like it has the high stall converter of a street machine. It’s cool.
Saying that, the transmission has its flaws. It takes a long time to shift from driving to reverse, and you’ll likely notice some clicking and maneuvering at low speeds. With so many ratios, it’s almost inevitable that it’s going to chase a lot. And that’s the case. We like to think of him as a bit of a pig, but one that you always admire. Like an old-fashioned muscle car.
This time around we managed to find slightly faster acceleration figures with the Vbox, on the usual private road. Cooler conditions probably helped a bit too. We clocked 0-100 km / h in 4.94 seconds (versus 4.98 in the 2020 model), with the quarter mile in 12.94 seconds at 183.3 km / h (versus 13.05 in 184.8). It’s basically the same thing. Interestingly, the speed of the trap is a bit slower this time. The 0-200 km / h took 15.85 seconds, compared to 15.74 seconds previously. This could be due to the optional rear spoiler, which was not fitted to the previous model we tested.
Usually America’s muscle cars don’t turn very high now. But it does. Peak power is reached at an ear massage of 7,000 rpm, and it will continue to spin further without hesitation. However, it does mean that you have to spin it around to feel its powerful force. The maximum torque, all 556 Nm, is developed at 4,600 rpm, precisely. So it may take a bit of getting used to if you’ve just stepped out of a modern turbocharged vehicle. Even one with less power.
Ford makes it a point of honor to use 98 RON fuel to obtain the power and torque outputs. But it’s interesting to see that this engine can also run 91 RON, despite having a high compression ratio of 12: 1 and featuring high-tech elements like port and direct injection.
Obviously, fuel economy won’t be a top priority if you’re in that space, but we’ve managed to come close to the official average rating of 12.7 L / 100 km. We noted an actual rate of 13.4 L / 100 km. This is not bad at all in our opinion, especially for an engine with such a large displacement and which is not assisted by forced induction.
Ford Mustang GT 2021 – THE VIDEO
Ford Mustang GT 2021 – LE VERDICT
The Mustang is without a doubt one of the most iconic cars ever made. It has millions of fans around the world and continues to be a benchmark in the new car market; it’s the best-selling sports car in the world right now, including in Australia. We love that this encourages you to go out and take a ride just for fun. And it’s pretty handy too, as long as no one intends to sit in the back.
While the three-star ANCAP safety rating is dismal by today’s standards, we think it deserves forgiveness just because it’s such a muscle car. Basic and a little rude, yeah, but damn it, it makes you smile and feel good and gooey inside. We can think of about 1,000 cars on the market right now that are not capable of giving you an emotional boost. It’s a far-fetched claim, but that alone surely explains some form of health and wellness.
Like we said before, buy one and just enjoy it for what it is. These are not going to be there for very long. Not with a bellowing V8, anyway.
– Its Rapidfire V8 and 10-speed automatic
– Instantly recognizable muscle presence
– B&O 1000W audio system as standard
– User-friendly on-board switchgear
– Cool embedded applications; drag timer, real-time temperature gauges, etc.
– 3-star ANCAP safety rating
– Small rear seat
– Rigid and formal riding feeling
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