Exclusive: 2015 Ford Mustang to be Quicker Than Boss 302 Laguna Seca Out of the Box

By Jacob Brown | December 13, 2013
The more we hear about the 2015 Ford Mustang, the better and better it gets. Now, we have one more for all of you: The V-8-powered 2015 Mustang GT with the Track Pack will be even quicker and better-performing than the vaunted Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca edition. According to Ford Mustang communications representative Brian Cotter, the new muscle car is being aimed at exceeding the lofty benchmarks set by the stripped-out, pared-down Boss 302 Laguna Seca, a model that doesn't even come with a back seat. Although Cotter wasn't at liberty to give us specific times and figures, he said that the car would sweep the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca bends at a time that would come under its purpose-built predecessor's blistering 1:39.5 pace.
As Cotter told us, that time was quicker than the just-discontinued 2007 to 2013 BMW M3 around the same track, as it packed fewer pounds and a 444-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 engine under hood. The 2015 Ford Mustang has been estimated to produce in excess of 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque from its 5.0-liter "Coyote" V-8. It will also be available with a 3.7-liter V-6 and a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, both of which will come in with more than 300 horsepower. All cars should come in right around 200 pounds lighter than their predecessors and will have a standard independent rear suspension across the lineup for the first time ever. Cotter said he couldn't confirm what would come in the Track Pack for the 2015 Ford Mustang as of yet because it hadn't been finalized. Expected to be in there are 15-inch front brake rotors, a rear limited-slip differential for more optimized traction, and sticker tires, among other features. Cotter said that Ford didn't aim directly at the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger this time around when designing the 2015 Ford Mustang, but instead the company aimed for the BMW M3 and Porsche 911 for performance, luxury, and refinement benchmarks. Lofty, if you ask us, but we sat in a prototype convertible yesterday and can report that it has the nicest interior of any product wearing a Ford badge, comfortable and ergonomic all around. Really, the last thing that needs to be said, then, is we can't wait to drive it. Look for our First Drive of the new pony car around midway through 2014, with cars being delivered by the third quarter of 2014.