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Old 17th July 2017, 07:51   #136
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Its time we stopped worshiping these "icons" just because they had a past.. sometimes the past stays with them. With absolutely no disrespect to the fans and the car alike, for about Rs.80 lakhs we get a car that is :

- Rated 2 stars in NCAP in a couple of regions, if it were a Hyundai or Honda that car would've been bashed to death by now.

- Below average fit-&-finish.. yes I'd say even a 10 year old 3 Series will be more sophisticated.

- 2 Doors, well ok its what the Mustang has always been about but for 80 lakhs?!! It might attract the attention of a Ferrari but its far from being one.

- An engine that is an old school 5.0 V8 that wont give a mileage of more than 6-7 at its best.

- A super-heavy engine up front, doors and seats up front with no doors in the back and a stubby tail, this has all the makings of a slide and trust me it cannot survive being driven here in India above 80, specially given the poor overall skills of the country drivers. The tail will wag at every opportunity.

Again, I understand the emotions connected to this car but more or less I side with practicality and mathematics.. you've got to be kidding me with this deal. My top 3 picks instead would be :

1) A much more country-friendly Cooper-S or even Countryman.. both are CBU, both have better practicality, height and space up front and are much, much cheaper. Turbo engines aid practicality and FE (where FE is being counted in even the smallest of cars these days due to emission norms). In terms of chassis balancing.. no comparison, MINI is the king of that. Size is adequate for India as well. Price at about 42-45 lakhs before discounts is about 50% cheaper and will have better resale. 5-Star safety rating guaranteed as the whole thing is built abroad.

2) At the same price or a bit lesser, the current gen 5-Series.. almost same length with 4 doors, perfect chassis balance, interiors that compete with the best of the best and better resale.. whats not to like? Full safety compliance as well.

3) At much cheaper prices there are n numbers of D-Sedans to be had which will still be better balanced and better built (<30L).

I'm realizing the full importance of safety today more than ever, in an era where errant driving and rash mannerisms are being picked up by everyone. Cabin intrusion and stable frame is only 10% of the story.. the rest is about how the seats protect you, how well the weight is distributed within the chassis and how balanced and great handling the car is to avoid an accident in the first place. Safety is NUMBER-1 priority for me for ANY car, be it under 10L or over 1 cr.. if 2 stars is the rating for Mustang.. well. I fully know that no car can be a Mustang, unfortunately they're not keeping with the times.

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- 2 Doors, well ok its what the Mustang has always been about but for 80 lakhs?!! It might attract the attention of a Ferrari but its far from being one.

- An engine that is an old school 5.0 V8 that wont give a mileage of more than 6-7 at its best.
While many points are valid against the Mustang, I don't understand why the above two points have anything to do with a car of its type. Just my 2 cents.
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While many points are valid against the Mustang, I don't understand why the above two points have anything to do with a car of its type. Just my 2 cents.
True, I myself felt that I'll be pulled up for mentioning core-practicalities in what is actually a luxury product where value or costs won't be a consideration at all.. let me put in a way which I'd intended but didn't elaborate on :

- 2 door is fine, its just that it misses out on what a 2 door sports coupe should really be about.. great balance and handling. That's why I mentioned Ferrari, one can also say Porsche.. they do that to reduce the overall length of the car and enable better poise and predictability. I'm not sure if the Mustang is front-engine or front mid-engine but if it is the former then all the more disadvantage to it being 2-door. Yes stylish it may be but not practical.

- Mileage is permeating throughout the car-manufacturer associations.. so much so that BMW's have sized down from V8's, V6's and are now going the 3 cylinder 1.5 engine route for mileage.. every manufacturer is resorting to hybrid/pure electric models and somehow they are making the power work with the chassis by lightening the body. I appreciate Mustang for being old school and using power in its more natural form.. but given its chassis its best used as a high-speed cruiser in say the arrow-straight roads of Texas or California, in the curves that engine cannot be exploited to its limits AT ALL.
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I think you are missing the point of Mustang - it is not a practical vehicle at all. Nobody "needs" a Mustang. Mustang is about pure feel of the car - a super massive engine and bare minimum everything else.

If you want practical, you don't even have to look at the luxury segment. Even the Innova crysta provides a better build, decent fit and finish, decent power, loads of space and good reliability. And all at less than half the cost.

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Safety is NUMBER-1 priority for me for ANY car, be it under 10L or over 1 cr.. if 2 stars is the rating for Mustang.. well. I fully know that no car can be a Mustang, unfortunately they're not keeping with the times.
This I completely agree. Probably the only negative against the Mustang.
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I think you are missing the point of Mustang - it is not a practical vehicle at all. Nobody "needs" a Mustang. Mustang is about pure feel of the car - a super massive engine and bare minimum everything else.

If you want practical, you don't even have to look at the luxury segment. Even the Innova crysta provides a better build, decent fit and finish, decent power, loads of space and good reliability. And all at less than half the cost.


This I completely agree. Probably the only negative against the Mustang.
There is a lot of improvement in the 2018 model. Changes have been made in the car and it has got 3 stars safety ratings. Its a new platform , hopefully in the future they would get 3 stars on it.
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Here's an interesting feature on the 2018 Mustang: a "quiet" feature to cut down the engine's roar when you don't want to annoy your neighbors!

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Are your neighbors irked by your noisy, rumbling Ford Mustang? The new "Quiet" mode available on the 2018 Mustang GT could bring peace and harmony to your block.
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With that button, the Mustang's burbling engine sound will quiet down, its noise level cut in half. It sounds like the difference between a growling dog and a purring cat.
http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/01/auto...ode/index.html
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Spotted this school bus which mirrors the Mustangs paint scheme (or should it be the other way round). Both are yellow in color with black and red stripes (look carefully and you will see it has red pinstripes running along the lines of the car).
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