Weight is the enemy of efficiency, and Ford has turned to aluminum to shed weight from its most popular models. A new report suggests that the 2015 Mustang didn’t benefit from Ford’s dieting efforts though, and could weigh as much as 300 pounds more than the old model.
Mustang aftermarket specialist Steeda set off the avalanche of speculation regarding the 2015 Mustang’s weight, with a blog post claiming the new model will come in at 200 to 300 pounds more than the 2014 model. Road & Track contacted a Ford insider who said the top-trim Mustang GT will indeed be about 250 pounds heavier, but V6 and EcoBoost models will only weigh between 50 and 70 pounds more. A base Mustang GT adds 170 pounds over the curb weight of the old model, marking an across-the-board increase in bloat.
So how was Ford able to shed 700 pounds from the 2015 F-150, but actually added weight to the Mustang? Three words; volume, volume, volume. The 2015 Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America, and Ford can better eat the development costs of going mostly aluminum with its high-selling pickup than with the low-volume Mustang. Ford does plan to expand its use of aluminum, but with higher-volume models taking precedence. The Mustang may very well be last on that list, just as it was the last Ford product to get an EcoBoost engnie.
Aluminum would also add to the cost of the 2015 Mustang, which has already seen a substantial price increase. Instead of using all aluminum body panels, the 2015 Mustang has a few targeted aluminum parts in the hood and fenders, shedding as much weight as it can over the front end. Along with fuel-saving features like active grille shutters, Ford is hoping the EcoBoost model could be goof for 34 MPG or more on the highway.
Alas, the steel unibody and new independent rear suspension pack on the pounds, as did Ford’s efforts to meet new roof-crush crash standard. There is also added a number of new standard features, including an extra five airbags, which altogether end up making the 2015 Mustang weigh more, not less, than its predecessor. For it’s part, Ford has yet to confirm or deny these rumors,and we still don’t have any horsepower ratings either. The 2014 Mustang tips the scales at between 3,618 and 3,792 lbs, which means that the extra weight of the 2015 Mustang will push it close to 4,000 pounds on the high end.
Sometimes less is more, and for a performance car like the 2015 Mustang, more weight is a feature most enthusiasts can do without.