Like Jarts, the concept album and the Jarvik 7, the holy V8 engine is eventually doomed to a spot in the “Museum of the Wonderful, But Impractical.” While performance cars around the world shift to smaller engines relying on turbochargers, high compression and lighter materials to generate speed, they turn their headlights away from eight cylinders. Such V6 or straight six cars are still quicker than a cockroach hiccup, but they lose the raw noise, the chest-shaking rumble and the entire sensory experience of a classic powerplant piling on the bhp.
There are fewer such cars out there, and their numbers will continue to decline in the years to come. So, serious car lovers better learn to enjoy them now. They could find a much worse place to start said enjoyment than within the 2019 Mustang GT. If there was such a thing as an automotive Mount Rushmore, some version of the Mustang would be on it. Maybe the Jaguar E-Type would knock off Washington’s mug. The Aston-Martin DB5 could liberate Lincoln to the South Dakota dirt. A Ferrari Daytona might write off Thomas Jefferson. But, there’s still Teddy Roosevelt up there, and a Mustang would stand in nicely.
While there have always been more fuel efficient and economical versions of Mustang, the purest form of the world famous coupe packs a V8. In 2019, Ford offers an Ecoboost model with a turbocharged four cylinder engine. It looks every bit like a Mustang, but it’s like asking Sea Biscuit to run the Derby on three legs. We don’t discuss such things here. This model year’s Mustang GT hitches up 480 horses from a good and true 5.0 liter V8 armed with modern PFDI (Port Fuel Direct Injection). It’ll do 0-60 mph in less than four seconds and gallop at a top speed north of 150.
The driving experience is pure, uninterrupted aggression.
For 2019, Ford sticks with its beastly proven formula, while adding such fun performance bangs and whistles as improved in-dash display Track Apps for testing the Mustang GT’s performance when you’re letting it play with utmost exuberance. The instrument cluster shows a selection of digital displays including acceleration times, lap times and countdown starts for drag racing. Electronic Line-Lock seizes the front brakes to warm up (and burn) the rear tires before launch. The related Launch Control gets the engine, the powertrain, the brakes and traction control to provide a start off the line faster than the average driver can manage unaided.
Of course, the interior includes all the necessary safety and infotainment features with AM/FM/CD/Satellite providing the tunes and full stereo pushing out enough music to enhance (but not drown out) the chunk of beef under the hood. Ford’s Sync 3 System runs the satellite navigation, monitors the car’s performance and scrolls through the app collection (including Waze, IHeartRadio, Pandora and the rest of the usual suspects). New for this latest version of Sync, Alexa comes onboard to add cutting edge voice recognition.
Once at speed, the 2019 Mustang GT offers a seemingly endless font of power. When the road offers (even if not legally allowing) an equine release, the speed fulfills any possible order on demand. Then, it keeps coming…And keeps coming. It’s speed that leaves lesser machines and humans at stoplights and weaves you through highway traffic with carefree (but never boring) ease.The car’s properly managed aerodynamics and low center of gravity reassure the driver that she’ll bite off the corners with enough time spit them out again.
It’s a credit to Ford that they still present all of this power and engineering at a very All-American, everyman price starting at $35,355.