The 2015 Mustang has been officially introduced to the public! Below you will find all the reveal and officially released information about the new S550 Mustang. That means no more rumors, spy photos, renderings, 3D models ect ect. We will finally see real world images and concrete information that you can expect to have available to you at the dealership.
We own a huge thanks to the guys over at StangTV.com for collecting a vast amount of the “official” 2015 Mustang information and specs. You can see their full write up at the bottom. While reading be sure to comment below and let us know what you think about the new S550 Mustang. We will be sure to continually update this information as more concrete information becomes available!!
The exterior of the new S550 Mustang underwent some significant changes. The new pony car got wider more aggressive rear shoulders that meet up with a new rear end that features a modern take on the classic tri-bar style tail lights. There is a black decklid panel between the tail lights that features Mustang badging which will be different between models. The rear lower valance will now feature some color to go along with the black plastic. All pictures seen to this point show off a lower stream lined spoiler that sits on the trunk lid.
Upfront there again are some significant changes. The S550 Mustang will feature large upper and lower grille openings for maximum cooling capabilities. In the pictures below you will also see that the GT 5.0L model also has what appears to be functional hood vents. Unlike the 2013-14 hood vents, these have been pushed down closer the front bumper. The super aggressive looking headlights feature HID project style headlights with LED tri-bar accents upfront. Also below you will see the GT model features Fog lights that have been moved down to the lower outer section of the front bumper – gone are the 2005-14 upper grille mounted fog lights.
The S550 Mustang also features a much lower stance compared to previous models – which some previous models looked more like a truck stance than a sports car stance. This will make many people extremely excited. The lower side skirts are a black plastic finish that help give the Stang an added “lowered” look that I am growing very fond of. In the pictures below you will also see that the roof features lines that carry over and follow the lines of the hood. I am noticing that the 2015 Mustang’s edgy design and smooth lines flow well and almost create a different look from about any angle you approach it from.
The interior of the new S550 Mustang is one of the most stunning interiors I have seen in a long time! It is by far one of the best improvements I have seen in some time. Ford used real world materials to build the bulk of the interior – aluminum, leather and stitching. They also includes plenty of technology improvements such as MyFord Touch with SYNC & Navigation. There is now push button start and metallic flip switches that are reminiscing of the Ford GT. The steering wheel looks more like a control center than a steering wheel; thus putting all your information and comforts literally at your fingertips. The pictures below will speak volumes more than I ever could!
The new S550 Mustang is one of the greatest things to come along in our community in a long time. One of the biggest changes on this platform has been the upgraded suspension. Front and rear have changed in many different areas over older models.
Starting with the front, one of the biggest differences you may notice would be the lower control arm. If you had a 2014 and 2015 model next to each other you can see the major difference. Instead of using one large traditional A arm the S550 uses 2 separate links with their own ball joint. By doing this, Ford had dramatically improved steering geometry and overall handling capabilities. Some things however will still look the same. Front struts and mounts remain restively unchanged. The front sway bar’s on the S550 is very similar as the older model as well. Just like the S197 models, there is always room for improvement on the S550.
Now let’s move to the rear of the vehicle. The S550 is equipped with a brand new IRS (independent Rear Suspension) setup. I know some of you may cringe at the thought of an IRS equipped Mustang after the history of the 99-04 Cobra’s. Improvements Ford has made on this include eliminating the standard double wishbone set-up the Cobra’s used in the past. The S550 platform has the IRS as standard equipment on these years, unlike the prior year’s being solid axle options. Yes, one of the most common issues with any IRS equipped vehicle is wheel hop. You may ask, “What exactly is wheel hop”? Wheel Hop is the alteration of your drive wheels obtaining and losing traction. If you have ever experienced this first hand, you know what I am talking about. The IRS’ on this car are still prone to this issue. They are very similar to previous models like the Cobra’s. Companies like BMR, FRPP, Steeda, and UPR have with issue whipped.
Many simple fixes like the vertical links, toe rods, and axle shafts can improve on the wheel hop problems. Improved IRS bushings and mount kits help stiffen up the rear as well. Overall the S550 is a perfect starting point for any Mustang enthusiast like us.
The Getrag MT-82 standard transmission will carry over to the S550 Mustangs. There will also be a 6 speed automatic transmission as an option. As for the MT-82 Tranny, it will see some minor improvements to shift linkage. This will be a much needed update as the factory 2011-14 Mustang featured a shifter that felt like it had long shift throws and could use some reduction in "sloppy" feel. The 6 speed automatic will be getting a whole host of improvements and is rumored to have a steering wheel shifter paddle option. Check out what StangTV.com found out about the new 6 speed auto transmission:
In the automatic department a six-speed auto is once again available. The auto has been significantly revised. A new case with reinforcing ribs for added strength and reduced weight is part of the package. The clutches have been revised, and the transmission operates at higher temperatures for improved friction characteristics. The output shaft has a new ball bearing support, allowing for 155 mph top speed according to Ford.Don Cesson: "Same Day Coverage: The 2015 Mustang Debuts"