Ford Motor Co. has a vow to cut the weight of its vehicles each time it redesigns time, but it looks like it may not fulfill the pledge with the 2015 Mustang. According to Mustang modifier Steeda Autosports Inc, the 2015 model will be up to 300 lbs heavier than the outgoing version when it arrives at showrooms this fall.
Steeda, which has access to Ford technical information, disclosed that is now working on a series of parts to help trim down the weight of the 2015 Mustang. The company said that unknown to most Mustang aficionados, the 2015 version ended up gaining 200-300 lbs.
Steeda remarked that with weight as the ‘enemy of performance,’ the company met a number of challenges to ensure that the 2015 Mustang “isn’t left at the starting line spinning its wheels against the competition.”
Ford spokesman Brian Cotter remarked that the carmaker has set some aggressive performance targets for the 2015 Mustang, which they would be able to achieve. Cotter noted that Ford has not unveiled the Mustang’s weight to any outside companies.
While Ford has unveiled several specs for the 2015 Mustang since its unveiling in December, its officials have yet to comment on its weight, specifically over its curb weight. A probable culprit of the additional weight is the car’s new independent rear suspension system, which replaces the live axle set-up.
While the system has resulted to improved handling performance, more parts mean more weight added to the Mustang. According to AutoPacific analyst Dave Sullivan the 2015 Mustang may have become heavier due to a number of reasons.
He remarked that stiffer roof-crush standards should result to more steel in the body, adding a slew of safety and electronic features packed into the Mustang would also result to a weight gain.
Sullivan quipped that the most possible cause of the gain is the decision to replace the live axle rear suspension. He remarked that the Mustang’s live axle rear suspension was one of the reasons the Ford vehicle lighter than the Chevrolet Camaro.