Driving a 2020 Ford Mustang GT is an absolute riot. If you have the money, buy it now and enjoy 460HP of V8 power on tap in concert with a profoundly engaging 6-speed transmission. However, as a reader, I’m sure you would want more than me to merely dote over this vehicle. In this review, I will talk about the handling and superb performance characteristics of the car. I will then discuss its comfort and interior design before concluding with a few small issues that I noticed with the vehicle.
The first thing about this vehicle is that it is a 6-speed stick shift– and as a driver, I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you’re going to buy a vehicle in a stick shift, it ought to be this one. The 6-speed manual is an absolute dream to drive. The throws on the shifter and engaging and visceral, and you really feel all that raw power through the drivetrain. The car even blips the throttle when you shift so that you don’t need to manually rev-match. That can be a plus or minus, depending on your driving style.
When it comes to power, there is no shortage here. The V8 provides immediate grunt throughout the entire powerband. 460HP and 420 ft-lb of torque means you can literally start this car in third gear, and it feels as if you’re driving in second. It’s that powerful. When you accelerate from first gear, it produces so much acceleration that it feels like you’re ripping a hole through the space-time continuum when pressing on the gas. To top it all off, the sports exhaust is as unalloyed as ever, and it sounds as if a 400lb roaring lion is living in your tailpipe.
When it comes to the interior, the Mustang GT is superb. The sport seats are remarkably comfortable, and you have decent visibility during driving. The cabin is roomy, and you won’t feel claustrophobic. It was also lovely of Ford to add little touches such as a pressure gauge on your dash telling you your manifold pressure. The suspension is also significant in absorbing potholes but still remaining firm and sporty.
Unfortunately, there are just a few tiny issues with the Mustang GT. Firstly, due to its long hood length, it is a very stable vehicle on the road however, tight turns in the parking lot are tougher. Secondly, the throw on the clutch is a bit long for a car of such esteem. Most auto enthusiasts prefer short-throw clutches, and this vehicle definitely doesn’t have one. While you get used to it, it is a tiny issue that I noticed. Lastly, this is a sports car, so trunk space isn’t great. While you can fit in a few bags of groceries and maybe some golf clubs, you’re not hauling your fishing gear with you that’s for sure. Perhaps I may be caviling a bit, but I feel these are legitimate concerns.
In conclusion, the Mustang GT is an absolutely incredible vehicle to drive. It is incredibly powerful, and the 6-speed manual is an engaging transmission. It is also comfortable with a roomy and high-quality interior. However, its clutch is a bit long, and it doesn’t have a ton of trunk space. At the end of the day though, this is a superb sports car and something that will put a smile on your face when you wake up the neighbors on your way to work.
Written and Photo by Alex C.