2010 Ford Mustang

Rating: 6

CLASSICS ARE EASIER TO CREATE THAN TO REPEAT—JUST ASK NAS. SO WHEN IT CAME TIME TO design the new Mustang, the Blue Oval boys opted to nip and tuck rather than attempt to re-create. The 2010 ’Stang is an exercise in cutting the fat. The snout is now sleeker, producing
a more aggressive, don’t-eff-with-me grimace. The rear has been transformed from boxy to sculpted and now incorporates a trick turn signal that blinks LEDs from the inside out. The rest of the car has undergone a heavy dose of lipo, sucking the sheet metal tighter to the frame,
actually making the Mustang appear smaller. It’s a good look. Underneath, the DNA remains the same: a big V8 mated to a live rear axle. It’s the original muscle-car recipe. But something is different here. While not completely absent, the wild-rear-happy behavior that is synonymous with this type of setup is now controllable. This doesn’t mean you still can’t throw a doughnut or two at the Sideshow. Actually, with the extra 15 ponies Ford massaged out of their 4.6L block, it might be easier. The car just handles now; you’d almost think it had independent rear suspension…almost. Get inside and you’ll notice the biggest leap for America’s favorite pony car: the guts. Aside from the ultra-fresh gadgets and gizmos you now find in the cabin—like the ability to match your gauge color and mood lighting to whatever Skittle you may be chewing—the interior is just well thought out. The seats, available in leather, are super supportive and, even after thousands of miles, won’t give up on your spine. The dash is well appointed; the materials used feel a step above the last-gen Mustang. And it has SYNC, which is hands- down the best thing Microsoft has ever put their dirty fingers in. Turn the volume knob up
and the Shaker sound system hits hard. With beefy speakers in the door panels, the bass hits right where it should: in the seat of your pants.
Now, combine all of these ingredients and you have Ford’s new classic, the 2010 Mustang…a remix worth a second spin. BRIAN SCOTTO