The Mustang is a four-door sedan, not a four-and-a-half. Its dimensions are a little longer, its size a little wider. The headlamps are bigger, its roof a little lower. The nose cone is wider, and the suspension on the front wheels is a little stiffer, to accommodate the weight distribution. When it’s all said and done, the real problem is the roofline. When the roofline is horizontal, the Mustang has a low stance, and when it’s angled upward, you feel it from the back. When the roofline is horizontal and the Mustang tilts the same direction, you feel the car coming up from the back. The car also doesn’t sit tall enough, with its nose and tail low and the front wheels in motion. As a result, the Mustang is a very upright and tall car. The fact I’m running a Mustang makes it harder, and that makes its standing taller a bit easier.
We were lucky enough to get behind a new generation Ford Mustang for a brief drive on the streets of Dallas. As I was taking the first corner, my eyes fell on the back left lane: the way it was angled, the way the wheels cut through the air in the middle of the lane. I saw a car in front of me approaching fast enough to be in my blind spot, and before the driver could stop, the Mustang veered to the right, coming head on. A few seconds later, I saw the driver of the other car. For a moment, neither of us reacted. Then both came to a screeching halt.
In hindsight, it’s apparent that both cars were running a set of sensors — the radar, the camera and the lasers — that was able to differentiate between the two cars. I don’t really remember what kind of sensors went off either car, but I don’t think they were something in the car itself. Both cars were braking at speeds that were a little too fast for the car’s sensors to identify, so there was little danger.
The real test of a car like this is going to be when someone runs them wide around a corner on purpose. In the case of this Mustang, what we witnessed on one of the city’s busiest intersections was a clear violation of Dallas traffic-related laws.
To say it was impressive is an understatement, but to be so quick and so bold at the same time is even more astonishing. I’m still not convinced that a car the size of
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