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Will the 2015 Mustang actually weigh more?

By - May 31, 2014 – 8:46 am5 Comments | 3,030 views

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One of the biggest rumors about the 2015 Ford Mustang was an overall reduction in weight, with earlier reports speculating that the new pony car could drop as much as 400 pounds. However, the closer we get to production the  hope of a lighter Mustang seems to be fading fast. Car and Driver recently stated that “while we’d still like to believe our initial proclamation that the Mustang will drop about 200 pounds, we no longer have faith that this will come to pass,” and Edmunds.com reiterated that sentiment by reporting “our guess is that the new car will gain about 100 pounds, which would place the GT model in the low 3,700-pound range.”

More confirmation about a heftier 2015 Mustang now comes from aftermarket company Steeda, who currently has four pre-production 2015 Mustangs at their facility for product development. They recently posted a new item on their blog about the development of new parts for the car, and are claiming the 2015 Mustang is actually 200-300 pounds heavier than the 2014 model:

“Our work is cut out for us because unbeknown to most Mustang aficionados (and not “officially” confirmed by Ford for obvious reasons), the 2015 Mustang ended up gaining 200-300 pounds in this remake – and with weight being the “enemy of performance”, there are plenty of challenges needed to ensure that the 2015 iteration of America’s favorite Pony Car isn’t left at the starting line spinning its wheels against the competition.”

This news is disappointing given the initial rumors, although not that unsurprising. The new independent rear suspension most likely adds weight, and new safety regulations and added technology likely help to pack on additional pounds as well. Hopefully Ford will release additional specs on the 2015 Mustang soon and we will know for sure.

[Source: Steeda]




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5 Comments »

  • Jordo says:

    Knew it. Glad to have my 2014 with the solid rear axle. Not to mention the Recaros.

  • Handy Dandy says:

    Ford what are you doing?

    This very disappointing no Direct Injection on the 5.0 and now no weight loss up to 400lbs! Ford, I think you truly did a great job on the exterior, interior, and electronics. I really like the look this 2015 Mustang, but come on Ford where is the innovative performance?

    Next, will find out the new F150 will be heavier too!

  • Andreas says:

    A 4-banger with this weight will rather be a mule than a pony ;-)
    Think about the competitors in Europe like Golf GTI or BMW 2 & 3. Seems that Ford need to use more modern materials like heavy – strength steel (leading to thinner sheets), carbon or an extensive use of alumina. But this will also lead to a higher price. No easy job!

  • Andreas says:

    BUT maybe they save weight only in the 4 banger by the lighter engine.. ?:-D

  • Alan says:

    Sorry, not buying any of these reports of it being heavier. They are ALL guesses people. Until they have an actual car that they purchased or is loaned from an owner to actually put on a Scale it is all guestimations.

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