Also, Ford will finally eschew the live rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension, likely adding a bit of modern refinement to the occasionally raw (though energetic) feel of the contemporary car, which swings out easily from the tail.

You might think the EcoBoost engine is the big story for the next generation Mustang. That’s important, sure… but this announcement is almost shocking. After years of sticking with the tried-and-true live rear axle, Ford is going IRS.

The biggest complaint that Ford detractors have about the Mustang is typically the lack of an IRS. I’ve always disagreed with them for a few reasons.

  1. It’s a Mustang. It’s supposed to be a little hard to tame.

  2. The wizards at Ford make the best live rear axle setup in the world. Drive a new Mustang GT and tell me otherwise; I dare you.

But this will give anti-Ford folks one less thing to complain about. I’ll count that as a win.

Published on August 24, 2012 in Linked List


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