- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 7, 2004

During my first drive in the Mustang GT, from Ann Arbor to Lake Michigan, I realize the pony car really turns heads. Both on the freeway and driving through the little town centers, we do not lack attention. But our destination is Gingerman Raceway, where we can really get to know the new Mustang.

The race track offers a diverse range of bends and has enough space to test the car to its limits without being afraid of hitting the guardrail.

Accelerating, you feel the power of the V-8, and hear that well-know roaring sound. At speed it turns into a symphony for eight cylinders. Although Ford does not give performance figures, we figure the acceleration from zero to sixty can be done in 5.5 seconds or less.

The GT is fun to drive. After a couple of laps I switched off the traction control and then the GT was really fun to play with. You can hang out its tail to a certain extent before the electronics get back into control. Steering into the corners is very precise and when you have the engine revving at the right rpm, power is immediately available for accelerating out of the bends. Steering is quick, obedient and precise.

For those who are interested in (restricted) top speeds: the GT reaches 143 mph and the V-6 gets to 112 mph. With prices of $19,495 for the V-6 and $24,995 for the V-8, GT Ford puts its pony in front of the pack.

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