Ohh, car rumors and the ensuing drama! Not too long ago, word slipped via one respected tuner that the 2015 Ford Mustang is quite a bit heavier than the 2014 model, bucking the industry trend of slimming down to improve overall performance. Most rumors pegged the weight gain at about 300 pounds, which would be the equivalent of hauling around a rather large friend all of the time.
Ford was upset about the rumors since it previously stated that the new generation of the Mustang would introduce a reduction in the pony car’s weight. As is the case with most automotive industry rumors, it’s not very clear whether or not the new Mustang indeed is heavier or lighter than the previous generation.
There are still sources feeding information to some of the biggest industry publications that say the car will be gaining some weight, but not nearly as much as the rumored 300 pounds. According to one such source, the amount of weight gain will vary depending on the trim level of the 2015 Mustang, with the GT Premium coming in at 250 pounds more than the current car. The rumored weight gain for EcoBoost and V-6 models is supposed to be somewhere between 50 and 70 pounds.
Why would Ford add any weight to the Mustang? Supposedly, the new independent rear suspension is one reason, which is only enraging the old-school crowd that though the live rear axle should have been left alone. Another potential reason that has been cited by industry experts is the car’s new roof structure that is designed to meet the ever-increasing safety standards. In other words, if you want the car to corner well and not crush your hear in a rollover accident, the Mustang has to gain some weight.
Is any of this even true? Ford would have you believe not, and it could all be hearsay. Everyone will find out the truth soon enough, finally putting the rumors to rest.