A great debate was sparked today on an S550 FaceBook group I'm a part of. It basically went something like this:
OP: "How many S550 Mustang owners here bought a Mustang GT because you couldn't afford a C7 Corvette?"
300+ Responses, (I'm paraphrasing for dramatic effect): "F**k off!"
This really did bring up a great topic though, however misguided the actual phrasing of the question. The argument can be made that the 2015 Mustang GT and 2015 C7 Corvette can be cross shopped and they're "similar" enough to warrant a valid comparison. I say that half-heartedly as a Mustang fan myself. First let's get some enthusiast-relevant technical information on the table:
On paper, the Mustang wins some comparisons while the Corvette takes others. Mainly the Mustang GT is what it's always been, high dollar performance for low dollar price tag. The Mustang wins on Price per horsepower, seats and revs, the Corvette wins on weight and overall balance. The new S550 platform tips the scale in it's favor because it is, by nearly all reviews, the best Mustang ever produced. The independent rear suspension is no longer a joke to "true" sports car enthusiasts who've shunned the live rear axle in the past. The new interior skipped over a generation of improvement from the Gen5 S197 and competes well with other cars in, and above it's price range. Fit and finish have improved and the styling, although subjective, has evolved from muscular brute to sexy American muscle. The S550 Mustang is now attracting segments of the market that hadn't considered it as an option before and it's now being seriously compared against models that it hasn't been before, (are you listening Lexus, BMW... Corvette). As a Mustang fan, I don't kid myself. I know it's not a beemer or Mercedes, but it's also not a Corvette... so why does this comparison always seem to come up?
The Corvette has also come a long way in regards to styling and interior improvement. That's a welcome improvement for a car nearing $60,000. Corvettes had long been known as "the sports car you need to make excuses for". That tired cliche isn't relevant anymore, just as assigning it the moniker of a stereotypical "mid-life crisis" car. In Southern California, I see far more 30 somethings opting for a Mustang GT or Corvette these days rather than a model for the Hair Club for Men.
In today's world you can have your muscle, and corners too. Whether it's a Mustang or Corvette.
Many Mustang owners have a passion for performance, which is why it's one of, if not the most, modified car with the most expansive aftermarket in the world. That's one of the many reasons I placed an order for a Mustang GT. I, like many others, want to build the car. I want to put my stamp on it and make it for me. If I wanted a Mustang to compete against a Corvette I'd wait for the 2016 Shelby GT350, that will be a nice fight to see... I can't wait.
Continue the conversation in the comments below, my peanuts are ready for the fanboys to roast.
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