Ford’s new electronic line-lock for the 2015 Mustang GT. The feature, which will be standard on all new Mustang GTs, locks the front brakes once engaged, allowing for easy, smoky burnouts.
The feature was developed to make it easier for drag racers to warm up their tires in the burnout box. The electronic system uses the hydraulic control unit of the stability control system to hold the front brakes while releasing the rears — all without having to apply the brake pedal. Once the brakes are locked, the driver can do a quick burnout to warm up the tires, or reduce them to a cloud of smoke to the delight of friends and neighbors. The standard electronic line-lock feature eliminates the need to install a mechanical line-lock, which requires modifications to the brakes. “Mustang offers selectable drive modes for those who prefer to compete on road courses or in autocross events,” said Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak in a release. “So when we realized we could provide a really cool feature like electronic line-lock that no-one else offers.
[ad name=”G-Rectangle-right”]Ford significantly redesigned the Mustang for 2015. It has a new suspension featuring an independent rear setup, beefier brakes, an upgraded infotainment system with MyFord Touch and more interior space. It’s all wrapped in sleeker styling that accentuates its fastback silhouette and improves aerodynamics while still channeling the appearance of the original 1960s pony car.
Meanwhile, fears that the Mustang’s new technologies would result in a significant weight gain were overstated. According to a Ford slide shown at the Dearborn presentation, the lightest model is the EcoBoost four-cylinder with an automatic transmission, which checks in with a base curb weight of 3,524 pounds. That’s only 28 pounds heavier than last year’s lightest model, the V6 with a manual.
The rest of the lineup is similarly trim. The base curb weight of the 2015 V6 fastback with a six-speed manual transmission is 3,526 pounds, a 30-pound increase from the 2014 model. A V6 with an automatic is 3,530 pounds (up just 12 pounds), followed by the EcoBoost with a manual (3,532 pounds).
The GT packed on 87 pounds, and now weighs 3,705, and the GT with an automatic gained 54 pounds to now weigh 3,729 pounds.
[ad name=”G-Rectangle-left”]A choice of manual or automatic transmission will be offered regardless of engine selection. The six-speed Getrag manual has a redesigned linkage, although we’re even more excited that Ford has moved the cup holders out of the way of the stick. The six-speed automatic gets paddle shifters, and Ford says that now operates with reduced friction. Launch control is standard on the Mustang GT.
the new 2015 Mustang GT accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and gallops through the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds at 112.2 mph. That’s just a tick slower than the last performance-pack-equipped 2013 Mustang GT we tested. The old S197 model ties the 2015 model in a race to 60 mph and completes the quarter mile a tick faster at 12.7 seconds, with a 111.7 mph trap speed. Big six-piston Brembo front brakes help the new Mustang come to a stop from 60 mph in 107 feet, a yard shorter than the outgoing model.