A slippery shape helps the 2015 Ford Mustang balance style and efficiency

The 2015 Ford Mustang is the most different Blue Oval pony car in recent memory, and one of biggest changes is the car’s new styling.

Unlike its retro predecessors, the 2015 Mustang attempts to be sleek and modern, while still looking like a Mustang. Yet style wasn’t the only consideration when it came to shaping the body.

Aerodynamics are an important consideration for any performance car; the twin factors of traction-enabling downforce and speed-killing drag must be managed. It’s even more important now, as Ford tries to improve the Mustang’s fuel economy ahead of tightening government regulations.

To make the new Mustang slipperier without compromising its good looks, Ford engineers employed a few tricks that aren’t apparent at first glance.

Much of the work involved fine-tuning surfaces such as the front fascia and door-mounted mirrors. Engineers spent twice as much time running aerodynamic simulations and playing in the wind tunnel than they did with the last Mustang, Ford aerodynamics engineering manager Carl Widman said in a statement.

Rotating wheels generate a lot of drag, so Ford deployed “aero curtains”, a Mustang first. These slots on the outer edges of the front fascia channel air from the front of the car, and direct it around the outer edge of the wheel. This acts like a skirt, preventing air from getting caught in the wheel well.

Each new Mustang model also gets its own underbody aero package, including everything from splitters and air dams to brake-cooling channels, depending on the package. 

Under-hood airflow management is also model-specific. So while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost model features Focus-like active grille shutters, the 5.0-liter V8 GT gets macho hood vents, which are fully functional. Each engine is also paired with a slightly different grille design for optimized cooling.

That kind of attention to detail is what sets the 2015 Ford Mustang apart from previous models. As Ford moves to broaden the iconic car’s appeal, it will need all the help it can get to be more than just a muscle car.

Product Review

Bigger battery and folding top add appeal, but BMW’s i8 remains ultra-niche

Want a high-performance vehicle that's more than just a frightening driving experience? Desire the look and feel of a sports car with the road manners of a luxury commuter? The BMW i8 is for you.
Cars

2019 RAM 1500 Classic Warlock special edition: Badass style without the whoop

If you like the looks of blacked-out badass trucks without the cost of a desert racer, FCA announced the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic Warlock, a special edition pickup that focuses on appearance with only a touch of additional off-road capability.
Cars

Volkswagen’s hot-rodded T-Roc R is ready to shred its tires to confetti

Volkswagen released a teaser sketch to preview a hot-rodded SUV named T-Roc R. Insiders suggest it will be closely related to the mighty Golf R, meaning it will pack a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine rated at about 300…
Cars

The hottest of all Mini hatches is coming with a Batman-approved design

The Mini John Cooper Works GP concept first seen at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show will go into production in 2020, Mini has confirmed. The John Cooper Works GP is the ultimate performance version of the Mini Cooper.
Cars

Honda’s Urban EV is shaping up to be a high-tech, high-style electric city car

Honda will travel to the 2019 Geneva Auto Show to unveil a close-to-production prototype that previews an adorable, city-friendly electric car. The Urban EV will offer about 155 miles of range, and its interior is a tech lover's dream come…
Cars

Audi’s Geneva-bound Q4 E-Tron concept will give us a glimpse of the future

Audi has released a trio of teaser sketches to preview the Q4 E-Tron concept. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show, the design study takes the form of an electric SUV with a muscular design and a tech-filled interior.
Product Review

The 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country is a do-it-all Swedish army knife

Volvo laced up its smallest station wagon in hiking clothes to create the V60 Cross Country. It's a lifted, all-wheel drive wagon that laughs at icy roads while coddling its occupants. We travel to Sweden to try it out.
Cars

Tesla’s Dog Mode lets good Samaritans know that Fido’s A-OK

Tesla's latest over-the-air software update adds two features called Sentry Mode and Dog Mode. Sentry Mode records footage and alerts the owner if someone breaks in, while Dog Mode runs the A/C so owners can safely keep their dogs in their…
Cars

Rock out in the carpool lane with Singing Machine’s Carpool Karaoke microphone

Carpool Karaoke fans can count down the days till summer. That's when Singing Machine's Carpool Karaoke microphone will be available. Connect the Carpool Karaoke Mic to your car radio to make your next road trip a mobile karaoke party.
Cars

Bentley Bentayga Speed surpasses Lamborghini Urus as world’s fastest SUV

The Bentley Bentayga Speed has wrested the title of world's fastest SUV from its cousin, the Lamborghini Urus. But the Bentley is just 1 mph faster than the Lamborghini. It requires 626 horsepower to achieve that top speed.
Emerging Tech

With CabinSense, cars will soon know who’s riding in them and respond accordingly

What if your car could know who's riding in it and customize the entertainment and safety options accordingly? That’s what's promised by the new CabinSense in-car Occupancy Monitoring System.
Outdoors

General Motors cycles into a new market with its first-ever ebikes

When General Motors launched a public campaign last year to name its new ebike brand, many wondered if Bikey McBikeface might win out. But it didn't. Instead, it's called Arīv, and the two bikes are up for pre-order this week.
Cars

The Polestar 2, Sweden’s answer to the Tesla Model 3, begins taking shape

Volvo sister company Polestar has released a teaser image to give us our first look at the 2, its second model. Polestar tells us the 2 will arrive as a four-door fastback with a 400-hp electric powertrain and about 300 miles of range.
Cars

2020 Kia Soul and Soul EV continue to think inside the box

The 2020 Kia Soul is the third generation of Kia's boxy curiosity. The Soul maintains its signature look, but gets tech and powertrain upgrades. The all-electric Soul EV returns as well.