Ford has pledged to reduce the weight of its vehicles with each redesign, but a Mustang modifier in Florida says the redesigned 2015 pony car won't make that target.
Steeda Autosports, which has access to Ford technical information, says the new Mustang will be as much as 300 pounds heavier than the outgoing car when it reaches dealerships this fall. Steeda says on its Web site that it is working on a series of parts to help reduce the 2015 model's weight.
"Our work is cut out for us because unbeknown to most Mustang aficionados (and not 'officially' confirmed by Ford for obvious reasons), the 2015 Mustang ended up gaining 200-300 pounds in this remake," the company said.
A likely cause of the weight gain is the new independent rear suspension system, which replaces the old-fashioned live axle. The increased number of parts in an independent rear suspension setup typically adds weight.
A Ford spokesman declined to comment on the 2015 Mustang's weight but said Ford has not released the car's weight to any outside companies.
So how does Steeda know that the Mustang's weight increased?
Based on Ford's technical information plus "past experience working on [independent rear suspension]-equipped Mustangs and industry trends," said Glen Vitale, vice president of operations at Steeda.
Vitale said the company has no 2015 Mustangs yet but it is working on four show cars for the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in November in Las Vegas.
Ford shares technical data with suppliers that build SEMA show cars.