More Proof The 2015 Mustang Will Have An Independent Rear Suspension

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This photo, courtesy of Autospotters, is allegedly a 2015 Ford Mustang test mule with 2013 Mustang skin that shows what everyone's expecting from the next generation 'Stang: An Independent Rear Suspension.

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We just received these images from a source close to Autospotters who says they're of a vehicle being worked on by a company that's been closely involved with Ford and the Mustang in the past. Specifically, the image below shows those delectable lower control arms peeking out.

While it's wrapped up in the body of a 2013 Mustang, we've been told it's actually a 2015 Mustang and it appears to match up with this vehicle shown in Car & Driver. The other sign pointing towards it being a development mule, besides its location and visual similarity to the vehicle captured by KGP Photography is the manufacturer's plate.

Illustration for article titled More Proof The 2015 Mustang Will Have An Independent Rear Suspension

This just works as probably another form of confirmation for what we all know: The next Mustang is 100% getting an Independent Rear Suspension after an entire life with a Solid Rear Axle (but for a tiny period of IRS time with the Cobra).

Dropping the old suspension setup is a big deal for the brand and for fans of the car and, most importantly, for the critics who like to spurn the car for its "truck axle."

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Photo Credit: Autospotters

DISCUSSION

I am a diehard supporter of the live axle. It's not a disadvantage, it's just got a different set of advantages. It can't do camber, but it ensures both tires perfectly parallel (aids in straight line grip and lessens rolling resistance). The ride won't be as "refined" (the average driver won't notice a difference), but it is more efficient and inherently stronger due to less universal joints. It probably won't corner as well, but it is cheaper.

All of those things were perfect for what the Mustang was. It was a cheap and simple powerful car that was cheap and simple to make more powerful and was better at drag racing than autocross. In other words, it was a brute, and I loved it like that.

However, it has become tradition that the Mustang must have a V8, and it has become unacceptable for a V8 to make anything less than about 400hp, and it has become necessary that anything with 400hp has handling to match the acceletration. All of those things make for an expensive car, and people who could afford expensive cars demand more luxury and peformance for their money... Long story short, this was basically unavoidable, and I have made my peace with it.

But let it never be said that the Mustang didn't try to follow the times. It grew big and comfortable in the early 70s, it went small and underpowered in the gas starved late 70s, it experimented with turbo power in the 80s, and it helped start the retro craze in the 90s.