The base V-6 Mustang Fastback starts at $24,145. Torn between your need for speed and your hope for the sustainability of our planet? Toss in $1,500 more for the EcoBoost V-6 and you’ll get a solid 22/31 mpg for your affordable ‘Stang. Or, say you’re Billy Johnson, professional racing driver in the Continental SportsCar Challenge, from Miami, Florida. Congrats on 4th place in your Mustang Shelby GT350R-C at last weekend’s Monterey Grand Prix.
Like that car, the new CS’s added features are mostly cosmetic. Which leads to the inevitable question: Is it a gimmick dreamed up by some middle management marketing dude bucking for a promotion? Or is there substance here? Let’s go for a ride.
Hurtling down the road, foot hard on the accelerator, your testosterone glands (if you have them) feel like they themselves are revving to redline. The car should come with a divorce lawyer surcharge. I took my wife on back country roads and we couldn’t get through a mile without her yelling epithets at me.
(“Hey, that wasn’t my fault! I didn’t mean to do that, I swear!”) There’s something animalistic about this car, as there should be with a 5.0-liter V8 Mustang. You can’t help but murder speed limits.
You get black aluminum 19-inch wheels (in place of the standard 18s), ebony lather/Miko suede seat inserts with red stitching, some extra cool carpeting and badging, hood and side stripes, a black pedestal spoiler, a strut tower brace with CS badging, a unique grille and some other stuff. Oh yeah, and a special CS faux gas cap, too.
The Mustang can be many things for many buyers, and this one is for drivers hunting for a performance muscle car that makes you look at it twice—every time.