People who love cars love the Ford Mustang. Since the very first Ford Mustang made its press debut on April 14, 1964, this pony car has been giving the public plenty of reason to stomp on the gas pedal and experience the great roadways of America. It’s fast, nimble, good-looking to boot, and always staying on-trend, even as trends in the automotive world seem to constantly change. The 2022 Ford Mustang celebrates the brand’s 58th year of production by being just as cool and capable as pony car drivers have come to expect.
What is it about the 2022 Ford Mustang that makes it so popular? It could be the amount of variety offered within the lineup. Ford understands that not every driver needs the 760 horsepower of the Shelby GT500. At the same time, track enthusiasts aren’t going to be thrilled with anything less. The 2022 Mustang is offered in a variety of performance, body styles, and trim configurations to allow pony car fans of all walks of life the opportunity to enjoy their dream car. The 2022 Mustang will hit the sweet spot for your budget and drive style without sacrificing a single cool point along the way.
At first glance, it may seem like there are way too many options offered for the 2022 Ford Mustang. Some are labeled “EcoBoost,” and how does that differ from GT? Are the Mach1 and the Shelby the same? Let’s take a look at each option and what it means for you as a driver.
Ford is very excited to offer the very first Ford Performance/EcoBoost engine in the 2022 Mustang. This 2.3L 4-cylinder engine is not your average power source. Instead, it packs in 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque for immediate power off the line and stamina throughout the day.
The powerhouse in the GT Mustangs is a 5.0L V8 with port fuel direct injection. This next-level engine takes things up a bit, with 450 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.
The Mach 1 trims utilize the same engine, but Ford has a special treat for Mustangs wearing the Mach 1 badge. These engines have been specifically tuned and calibrated to provide instant power and up to 470 horsepower when properly equipped. That with the engine also producing 410 lb-ft of torque.
Then there’s the Shelby GT500. Equipped with a 5.2L supercharged cross-plane crank V8, it churns out a mighty 760 horsepower and 625 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to hustle from 0-60 miles per hour in a mere 3.4 seconds, according to most early reports from drivers who have made the trip. This is the model and engine for those with a desire to go as fast as possible.
At first, the 2022 Ford Mustang trim lineup can be intimidating, but there are a few quick things to know that can help you unravel the mystery of which trim you’re looking at pretty quickly. The first thing to know is that the EcoBoost and GT versions are offered as both fastback and convertible. “Fastback” is Mustang lingo for “two-door coupe,” and if you’re looking for the versions with the best fuel economy, the fastback offers a little more mercy at the pump than convertible versions, which carry more weight and have a slightly bulkier frame thanks to the retractable roof.
Then you need to make the selection between regular or Premium trims. Unlike at the gas pump, choosing a Premium Mustang has little to do with performance and everything to do with the driver’s needs. With sport pedals, selectable drive modes, power-adjustable seats, heated mirrors, and more, the Premium trims offer more creature comforts and coolness inside the cabin.
That being said, the standard offerings on the 2022 Ford Mustang are plentiful. Ford CoPilot360 safety features such as forward-collision alert with automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist are standard, along with a rearview camera, automatic dimming rearview mirror, and Track Apps, which help you keep track of time and performance records.
Once you’ve chosen between regular and Premium trappings, it’s time to select the power level. The EcoBoost engine is fast. The GT engine is faster. The Mach 1 engine is prepared to be even speedier, and the Shelby GT500 wants to make sure you know what you’re doing before you get behind the wheel because it’s going to be a lot of fun.
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Ford understands that each of us has our own particular set of needs for speed, handling, and our eternal quest for coolness. They offer a wide variety of packages and special edition 2022 Ford Mustangs to allow drivers to get the high-performance vehicle of their dreams without compromise.
Many of the Ford Mustang packages are designed to enhance performance. Drivers who select the EcoBoost performance level can select the available 2.3L High-Performance Package, which tunes up the base engine to provide 330 horsepower, and calibrates most of the available 350 lb-ft of torque between 3,000 RPM to redline, placing that extra push where it matters most. Along with this package, drivers can select the EcoBoost Handling Package, which adds 19x9.5-inch wheels, Pirelli Corsa 4 tires, and Ford’s MagneRide Damping system which provides a more balanced and controlled ride under pressure.
GT drivers can amp up their experience with the GT Performance Package. This set adds a larger radiator, TORSEN differential, Brembo front brake calipers, specifically-tuned chassis and stability control factors, and heavy-duty front springs. The result is a nimbler, even more responsive version of the already powerful GT Mustang.
The Mach 1 Handling Package helps take this version of the Mustang to an entirely different level. Including a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching technology, special engineering to provide 22% more downforce, and two side heat exchangers, this package helps turn the Mach 1 from a car to a legend.
You might think that the Shelby GT500 couldn’t possibly be more performance-oriented, but the Carbon-Fiber Track Pack makes the 2022 Ford Mustang ready for the track the minute you sit behind the wheel. Including 20-inch exposed carbon fiber wheels with Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, this version of the Mustang is dressed to impress. The extra weight of the rear seat is removed, and the front seats are replaced with RECARO leather-trimmed sport seats to keep you cozy while catching Gs.
Of course, there are also appearance packages for those who like to make an entrance. The Mustang Ice White Package includes all Oxford White body, badge, and details, including the mirror caps. The California Special Edition of the GT Premium is designed to pay homage to its West Coast ancestors, with a responsive six-speed transmission and bright aluminum exterior features.
When it comes to building America’s favorite pony car, Ford has had years of practice. They know exactly what trims, options, and features drivers require to get their ideal Mustang experience. Whether that means bright wheels or tight turns, Ford allows drivers to select just the right amount of power and performance to make their driving dreams come true.