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Car Reviews / 12-28-18

2019 Ford Mustang GT Premium

The Contemporary Musclecar


By Kevin C. Limjoco Photos by Andréas N. Delos Reyes

 

The long and short of it is that the current new Ford Mustang GT Fastback is more than the definition of American muscle. It is a proper sports car but deeper abilities than most drivers will be able to explore. Sure, the ultimate expression of Pony car is the limited-edition Bullitt which I love and is featured in the C! December 2018 issue. But our test unit here in metallic Kona Blue with matching midnight blue interior trim is actually quicker thanks to its 10-speed gearbox despite having a 20 bhp top-end deficit.

Our US test unit did not come packaged with the adaptive suspension, did not have the Brembo (Ebony Black-painted aluminum 14.9-inch front vented brake discs with 6-piston Brembo® calipers and 13-inch rear vented discs with single-piston calipers) brakes or the mixed alloys (9-inch wide front and 9.5-inch rear unique cast alloys wearing Michelin Pilot Super Sport4 S, 255/40R19 100Y front and 275/40R19 105Y rear tires) that are found in our local unit. So essentially, it drove with much less grip, less braking power, and much less compliance. This test unit uses a more modest 255/40R19 96W Pirelli P Zero Nero tire setup on polished aluminum alloys. It also came with a raised decklid rear spoiler that is a touch more tasteful that the larger unit used in the yellow EcoBoost Mustang we also tested but I would still prefer to omit it entirely to preserve the cleaner lines.

For a quick reminder the 5.0-liter V8 used in the updated GT actually has a slightly larger displacement, a higher compression ratio, additional port fueling with the direct injection for a total of 16 injectors, new cylinder heads, crankshaft, and connecting rods; and a composite oil pan that saves 2.2 pounds of weight. So, all of that new engineering combined with new ECU algorithms yield a power increase from 435 to 460 bhp, and torque from 400 to 420 lb-ft over a wider powerband compared to last year’s pre-facelift model. Now throw in the new 10-speed gearbox which effectively spreads out all the new power more efficiently with optimal gear spacing, and you now have even better response, better fuel economy, and outright blistering performance at a relatively affordable price especially when compared to the usual suspects from Europe. The adaptive and selectable MagneRide™ dampers (changes can be made to each corner every 7 milliseconds through five performance settings) already had made the GT350 the very best handling AND most comfortable Mustang ever, that was until now in respect to comfort. The new Mustang GT does come closer to the handling ability of the GT350 but it uses significantly less rubber and less aggressive brakes.

Compared to the GT convertible sold in the Philippines, the GT Fastback not only costs P200,000.00 less but it also shaves off over 170 pounds of weight without the characteristic excessive body flex of a convertible. At P3,518,000.00, the Philippine domestic model comes standard with the essential MagneRide Damping System, the 390-watt SYNC3 Shaker™ Pro Audio with 12-speakers, the adjustable quad exhaust, mechanical limited slip differential and more.

Specifications

Engine

Engine V8
Displacement 5038 cc
Cylinder Head dohc 32V
Fuel Injector Port & Direct Injection, Ti-VCT
Max Power (bhp @ rpm) 460 bhp @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque (lb/ft @ rpm) 420 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
Transmission 10-speed AT

Performance

Top Speed 250 km/h (156 mph) Governed
0-100 km/h | 0-62 mph 3.9 sec.

Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions

Fuel Milage (km/l) 16 mpg City / 25 mpg Highway

Ratings

Price as Tested (PHP) US$ 46,970.00
What's Great Affordable raw performance, more ability than many realize, an everyday rewarding sports car
What's Not So Rear seats are for infants, I wish the abundant plastics could be covered with better materials
C! Editors Rating 10/10