One way that Ford has kept the costs down on the Mustang, and kept the traditional pony car feel alive, is buy using a coil-sprung, live axle. Now, Ford has a lot of experience with live axles, and the 2011 ‘Stang is probably the best handling stallion ever to emerge from the Blue Oval. But with the Chevy Camaro, and the Dodge Challenger rocking pavement-peeling IRS, does the Mustang seem like an also-ran?
Looking underneath the latest bow tie-wearing pony car may make traditionalists shake their heads when they see a pumpkin firmly bolted to the sub-frame, and sprouting a pair of half-shafts. Once they get behind the wheel, perhaps tradition will melt away as mid-corner irregularities fail to purturb the car, and the general ride feels more compliant than they’d expected.
But crawl under a Mustang and it’s 1964 and 1/2 all over again. Well, the semi-elliptics have been replaced with progressive-rate coils, but the wheels are bolted to a sturdy live axle that bounces up and down with every whoop and valley in the road. Despite that, the ‘Stang seems to be able to keep up with both of it’s more “independent” competitors. So, in this day and age, when image and feature matters as much as function, do you think the Mustang’s live axle makes it a lesser car than if it had an IRS?
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