Ford Mustang enthusiasts rejoiced when they first learned that the all-new sixth-generation model would feature a fully independent rear suspension (IRS) and the option of a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder in addition to its naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 offerings. Yet some of that excitement has been suppressed with a growing concern about the upcoming coupe's curb weight - Ford has released plenty of information about the vehicle, but it has kept absolutely silent about its mass.
After many of us speculated that the new model would shed some weight, after all, we all know that excess poundage is the enemy of performance and "lightweighting" is the engineering buzzword of the moment. However, our story last week contradicted that logic when Steeda Autosports, a company that has been given early access to the new model, stated on its website that "the 2015 Mustang ended up gaining 200-300 pounds in this remake." The report had enthusiasts audibly squirming in pain.
But it now appears that Steeda's statements may have been anything but scientific. The company, seemingly in a backpedal, clarified itself on Mustang6g.com today, saying: "Based on our experience working with IRS Mustangs in the past we estimated what the weight addition will be. In addition current industry trends with new cars show additional weight being added for various new safety and comfort features."
Steeda Autosport's well-publicized guess, as frustrating as it is, doesn't bother us as much as the Blue Oval's silence on the matter – is the automaker holding off on releasing bad news, or is it planning a pleasant surprise? We have tried contacting numerous sources at the automaker, and for the moment, mum's the word.
As it stands today, only one company knows the true curb weight of the sixth-generation model. So Ford, how much does the 2015 Mustang weigh?