The past few years has seen the revival of many great things like old TV shows and some vintage style trends. One revival that has us excited however, is the return of the great Ford Mustang. Though the iconic pony car has seen many generations designed and manufactured continuously since its first inception in the mid 60s, the 2016 iteration is a true hark back to the unique and ferocious look of the original. The 2016 Ford Mustang GT has been designed to be a modern and entirely exciting vehicle for a new generation. It would be remiss of us not to give one a go, and so we did with great enthusiasm.
The distinctive shape of the 2016 Mustang GT is the result of years of re-designing and refining by the Ford team. The brief of creating a car with improved aerodynamics and an aggressive aesthetic was definitely met. The car’s rear remains quite retro inspired while its front gives a modern twist to the original long bonnet. Slim headlights and a lower roof complete the all new and much sportier looking 2016 Mustang.
The Mustang spirit is alive and well in this model and the vehicle shows you how proud it is of its iconic history whenever it gets a chance. The logo is splayed proudly in the middle of the large grille, as well as throughout the cabin. Come sundown the galloping horse logo is even projected onto the ground as you step out of the car!
Leather seats in the car we were driving and metal detailing give the interiors of the Mustang a quality look. A wealth of buttons and switches sit nicely on the instrument panel and the illuminated dashboard instruments look modern and sporty. Both the driver and front passenger seats are roomy and comfortable, but backseat passengers beware – you won’t want to miss out on calling shotgun for this one. Space is definitely at a premium back there, but it would be fine for small kids or when you really need to take more adults on a short trip.
An 8-inch LCD Colour Touch Screen comes standard in the 2016 Mustang GT with inbuilt sat nav and Ford’s SYNC system. The voice-activated system comes in super handy when you want to change the music or temperature in the car while keeping both hands on the steering wheel. The SYNC system is a great safety feature because it mitigates any need to use your phone while driving; it can read out your incoming texts and make or answer phone calls with just your voice commands.
This is where the 2016 Mustang GT really comes into its own – with that roar. Once you’ve started the formidable 5.0L V8 engine with the push button start, an exciting, deep rumble emerges from under the bonnet. It already sounds powerful, and you haven’t even put your foot down yet. When you do, you see just how energetic the car is. It’s loud, almost obnoxiously so, but that’s half the fun of it.
530Nm of torque and a smooth push of the accelerator ensures you’re out in front by lightyears. Once you accept what an unapologetic thrill it is to drive the Mustang GT, you can really start to enjoy it. The car handles well in a multitude of driving environments, aided by a wealth of included features. An advanced braking system and brake lineup allow you to slow down and stop quicker than you started – invaluable inclusions if you tend to get a little accelerator happy (and it’s pretty hard not to with this car). Four different driving modes are available to make the ride better suited to different situations. We mostly used the Normal mode on regular roads and city streets, where it delivered a smooth performance ideal for the conditions. Switching to Sport+ however, made it even more fun when we had more space to play with.
Ford have also manufactured a 2.3L EcoBoost model of the 2016 Mustang GT for those after a more fuel-efficient car. It’s a lot more subdued than the 5.0L V8 model and lets be real, if you’re looking to buy a muscle car, having good fuel efficiency probably isn’t at the top of your list of requirements.
A powerful drive, roaring engine and sleek, sporty look make up the 2016 Ford Mustang GT. Once you get used to how it handles and how truly commanding it is, you’ll appreciate what a kick it is to drive one. Coming in at around a cool $60,000, the car is destined to become a future classic.