01 May My Thoughts on the 2017 Ford Mustang GT
I recently spent some time in Southern California and put nearly 1,000 miles on a 2017 Ford Mustang GT Coupe. Did you see my recent video of the Palomar Mountain Loop? That’s the Mustang I’m referring to. Spending that much time in a car helps you develop strong feelings as to whether or not you would enjoy owning one. I found that this Mustang can get under your skin in both good and bad ways. In my opinion, certain aspects about it feel somewhat inferior to other sports cars on the market. There is just something about it, though, that brings back a rush of nostalgia. Let me explain.
I’ve driven Mustangs from several different decades and I can tell that the 2017 model feels most like the original. I think a lot of that has to do with the style of the car and the seating position. Plus, all the styling cues inside and out serve as reminders that you are driving a piece of Americana.
What I liked most was the nostalgia I felt while driving and also the amount of tech packed in the car. It’s also worth mentioning this was the first car I’ve had extended time to use Apple CarPlay. Being an Apple guy, I’m now a huge fan. I also love the V8 engine, even though at times it seemed a bit under powered. The response wasn’t exactly what I imagined when I chose the V8 version for the week. I started poking around in the sub menus and found the sport and track modes. I immediately put the car in sport mode. This made a significant difference in how the car responded to my inputs. In my Palomar Mountain Loop video you can see my reaction to using sport mode, which brings me to a problem. Using sport mode on the mountain road was fine but in normal driving I felt like it made the car somewhat jerky. I would have preferred a setting in between normal and sport. I’m getting nit picky at this point, but that truly defines the feelings I had walking away from the car after a week.
Here’s the bottom line… I like the car. I think it looks great, it drives better than previous models, it feels nostalgic and it has some great tech. The problem is I expected more from a 453 hp V8. Normal mode wasn’t cutting it and sport mode seemed jumpy. I guess in some ways that’s part of the nostalgia. If you’ve driven an old Mustang, you know that the car feels slightly out of control compared with modern cars. You get the sense that you have to tame a beast. With the new Mustang that feeling is still there, lurking in the settings. You just have to find a good balance. Don’t give the car too much credit, it still wants you to be the driver. It’s not going to make you feel totally in control unless you really work at it.
With all the talk today of self-driving cars, it’s exciting to see Ford producing a modern muscle car that has the ability to blend the old school muscle car feeling with the confidence a modern car provides.
If you missed my two recent videos featuring old and new Mustangs, I’ve posted them here:
Palomar Mountain Loop in a Ford Mustang GT
1965 Ford Mustang – “A Man and his Mustang”
Photos/Videos Courtesy: Phil’s Morning Drive