First, let me say that I have been a Mustang fanatic all of my life owning several throughout the years. Taking a break in 1984, that particular Mustang was the last year I had owned until now. I was just not impressed with the old Fox (Fairmont) chassis and like others, I too felt the Mustang was long overdue for a total make-over from the ground up. The 1967 Fastback that I owned had always been my favorite year until now...
Although this car may look like your father's Mustang, believe me, it isn't!
(After all, I should know...)
I have the 4.0 liter V-6 and for a V-6, this engine has gobs of torque. You can feel the Gs if you put the "pedal to the metal". The V-8 obviously is going to have more power and torque, but the gas crunch (and higher price) kept me from going that route. Being used to the V-8 rumble-rumble, the sound this V-6 makes took me a while to get used to. I don't know quite how to describe it accept that it's very different from every other V-6 that I have heard before.
In my opinion, this automatic transmission is the best that Ford has built to date. Shift changes occur at just the right RPM no matter what your driving agenda is at any given moment.
This car has the "Pony Package" which includes ABS and traction control. The handling and braking is a dream.
With the 17" wheels and tires, the ride can be quite choppy on the bumps, but the fun-factor makes up for this. I love the factory Mag wheels with the 3 spoke spinners in the center.
The interior has leather seats which I like. I also like the nostalgic look of the dash, but I wish Ford would have used a little less plastic as it looks a tad cheapish.