Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford
Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford
Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford
2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Jacob Black

That is hot!” said my fiancée (now wife) as I pulled up to the curb, my cop-bait blue tester growling its own note of appreciation back at her. It was probably thinking a reciprocal thought. I felt like a bit of a boss. Five-point-oh litres of torque-monster rumbling under swooping hood in front of me, long coupe doors swinging open to let my beautiful partner slide into the leather Recaro sport seats… hell, I even had sunglasses on.

In that moment I realised two things. One: I was a bit of a douche. Two: I had already fallen in love with this car.

I picked it up in torrential rain, so trepidation was the name of the game early as I got to know Ford’s 2014 Mustang. The heavy clutch action made me nervous, but I needn’t have been. For all its brash colouring and loud barking the Mustang is surprisingly easy to drive. Surprising because 420 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque is a lot to deal with, but the six-speed manual and rear-driven 255/40 19-inch Pirellis handle it solidly.

The traction control is not intrusive. There is a lot of virility inherent in this car and the electric nannies are content to give it a loose rein – even in the rain.

With that much torque and power, there is enough to throttle-steer the Mustang around corners and create long, lurid slides (on closed private roads, of course) that make you feel like a drift king. This is where the duality of the Mustang starts. The same car that will bump-steer like a wild bull when thrown over rough patches mid-corner, will hold and maintain a trajectory even when crossed up and sideways. The fact that the Mustang is so forgiving in those conditions makes me agree with editor Jonathan Yarkony – that bump steer and bucking that goes on was dialled in deliberately. All in the name of fun, right?

The dichotomy doesn’t stop there. This is a muscle car, a serious, pull-no-punches growler with a muscle-car stance and plenty of grunt to back up its claims – why then is it this vivid cop-bait blue? And what’s with the 1980s disco light show in the cabin? On the one hand, the Mustang GT is the perfect car for a nostalgic older rocker fulfilling a childhood dream. On the other, it is the perfect car for an exuberant teenager with a love of dub step and baggy trousers. I’m not sure what it says about me, but I really enjoyed the Mustang at night. The cabin comes with a thick, sporty steering wheel and weighty gear lever, and nicely bolstered leather sport seats. There are the mandatory aluminum racing pedals and two striking analogue dials for the tach and speedo.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford Test Drive: 2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 car test drives ford
2014 Ford Mustang GT 5.0. Click image to enlarge

In this tester, there was also a version of MyFord Touch with a large screen on the centre stack and another smaller one nestled into the instrument cluster. From here, you could choose your lighting scheme – orange, blue, green, white, red, purple or two personal settings. I began with green but after remembering that blue and my favourite colour don’t mix, changed to purple. That purple hue now shone from the door handles, door sills, footwells, dashboard lights and the “Mustang” lettering on the scuff plates. I was in Fast and Furious heaven.




About Jacob Black

Jacob used to write about motorsport for SPEED TV in Australia but met a girl. Now he writes about road cars in Canada and is married to the girl. He lives a very, very good life. Jacob Black is not a werewolf.