I’ve had my 2012 5.0 Mustang GT for approximately four months now, and I’ve got to say that it’s an amazing car. It’s fast as hell, decently good looking, comfortable, and the stock exhaust sounds incredible. Rowing through the six speed gearbox from stoplight to stoplight still puts a smile on my face every time, and I’m quite certain I’m never going to get tired of it.
Despite how much I gush over this Mustang, it’s far from perfect. There are two things that really bother me about this car, which are significant enough to be deal breakers for me:
- First and foremost, it’s far too big for my tastes. I will admit that the size doesn’t bother me as much as it did when I first got it (it seemed HUGE to me then), but it’s still a big car and it’s something that gets on my nerves each and every time I drive it.
- Second, and nearly as important: it handles like a Lincoln Town Car. I know for a fact that this can be rectified with aftermarket suspension parts, as the 2006 Shelby GT-H I drove in Hawaii (which had the complete Ford Racing suspension kit) handled better than my 2004 Nissan 350Z at the time. These pony’s can handle, but it comes at a price.
So as you can see, my feelings are torn on this car. On one hand, I love it. The Coyote 5.0 is one of the most amazing engines I’ve ever experienced in a car, and therefore, I grin from ear to ear every time I mash the gas pedal from a stop light. On the other hand…it isn’t all that exciting to drive on twisty roads. There are a lot of amazing roads here in San Diego, and I’m finding that it takes a lot of effort to get this Mustang to handle them with any sort of dignity. Sure I could put a full suspension kit on it, but there’s not much I can do about the weight of the car. This thing is heavy, and no suspension kit on earth is going to mask that.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think I’m willing to give up straight line muscle in exchange for handling finesse. In more specific terms, I’ve been eyeing cars like the Toyota 86 with great envy. They are small and light, rear wheel drive, and I like the interiors quite a bit.
Of course they are also extremely slow compared to my 5.0, and that’s the primary reason why I’m not running out and getting one today. It’s going to be a pretty big deal for me to give up a V8, so time will tell how this is going to play out.