Driven: 2 Ford Mustang 2016 2.3L Ecoboost and the Ford Mustang GT 2016 V8 5.0L

Hello everyone and welcome back to another post by Supercars By Putera! In this post, We will be reviewing not one but 2 supercars! Actually, we were in a long wait to review this classic model made by Ford but it now has received a newly refreshed modern looks, the legendary Ford Mustang 2016 2.3 litre Ecoboost 310 horsepower and the Ford Mustang GT V8 5.0 litre 415 horsepower! If you personally ask me, “Putera, does it worth the wait?” My answer, “Yes! It is worth the time waiting for not one model but 2 variant of this Ford Mustang!” Yes people, I have driven the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT variant as well! So, it is definitely worth the wait!!

I’m intrigued to know and drive just how good an American Muscle car would feel like by being behind the wheel? Just like the old models of Ford Mustang that we see in the Fast and Furious franchise, we can see that the Ford Mustang are being modified to boost its torque and enabling the car to do a front-wheels-up by pressing the accelerator pedal fully to the floor. I know it would cost a fortune to modify the car in such way but if you are a gear head, you would definitely do it.. The latest version of the Ford Mustang are being shown to the public for the first time is in the movie, Need For Speed. By having this insights from this 2 supercar-feast movies to the eyes, my eagerness and curiosity level to drive the muscle car increases. We all know what is a super-car right? Having a high horsepower engine, and streamlined body/chasis to help increase the movement of wind passes the car as fast as possible and giving the car low resistance from the wind as possible. So, what is a muscle car? or what is an American muscle car? A muscle car essentially is a high performance V8-based car made in America(which is proudly being referred as “American Muscle Car”) The brands and models referred as American muscle car is among others, Chevrolet Impala SS, Ford Torino GT, Ford Mustang GT, Buick GS and Dodge Charger R/T.  The models that is mentioned above is the most high performance that are being made straight from the factory are the ones considered as American Muscle Car. Why such discrimination to the lower ends of the models? Sadly, even I don’t have the answer to that question.

My review? Let’s start with the 2.3 Ecoboost variant first shall we?

The Looks

At first glance, the body design of the latest Ford Mustang has a modern and sleek look. I’m astonished with how it looks even from afar especially when Ford fashion the car with bright and vivid paint colours. This pony badged supercar really is refined then its predecessors! The headlights and taillights are among the key components for us to identify from a distance that this is a new Ford Mustang! The big sprawling engine especially the GT 5.0 variant really fills the engine bay of the muscle car!

I know that you are here for this section right? Let’s start..

Once I received the keys to the muscle car, it is a dream come true. Like I mentioned above, I saw this car in Need For Speed movie, it excites me so much that I have the keys to legendary American Muscle Car here is Malaysia! Wow! My heart-pumps so vigorously at this point already let alone sitting in the car!

Upon entering the car, once I open the door, the smell!! Ouhhh, I do love a new car smell, this car in particular have the electronic-controlled bucket black leather seats that came with heat and cooling air out from the seats!! Essentially, you have an air-conditioner in the seat to warm you up or cool you down at a push of button.. Even you have the options to adjust the warmth and coolness of the air. How warm and how cool you want the air coming out from the bucket leather seats to be, it’s at your personalised preferences. Once I taken a few pictures, its time to sit in the car and feel the black leather that came all the way from USA. I am so hype at this moment.. Its a right hand-side vehicle so at the driver’s door, my left in the car, slowly and gently, I sat inside, followed by my right foot and closed the door. Again, the smell intensified! Wow! Its a great leather smell! The leather seats feels comfortable.. For a muscle car, I am sure that it is comfortable to make the car as your daily driving vehicle.. It fits for long distance journey too! So, immediately, in front of me, I can see the steering wheel with the pony as the emblem on it. The digital speedometer with lots of computer options to see the performance charts of the car, and with the settings to change the colour of the LED’s in the car. Wow! So many colours to choose from and the LED’s are not just running at the speedometer only, it further extends at the door handle as well.. We can control the settings of the speedometer at the steering wheel of the muscle car. That is only the speedometer part. Let’s move on with the centre console and entertainment of the muscle car.

Well, at this point, At the top right corner of the centre console is the start button of the muscle car. Wow, I amazed and blown away with the amount of buttons in the car. So many buttons to go through though! Wow!! The 4 main switches that give a different sensation to the driver of the muscle car at the centre console is the Steering Modes button, Drive Modes button, —

The Drive

I am really excited for this moment. Upon observing all the details in the car, and having the keys in my hand, the urge to push the start buttons builds up very fast in me as I want to hear the engine come alive very badly.. So, after having quite a holding-in the rumbling feelings to push the start button, and finally, I did it.. Once I pushed the start button, the engine came alive well! The engine roaring to life and the exhaust sound made the experience quite amazing! Well, I have to say, it is not as loud as other supercars that I have driven and reviewed in this blog but considering it is a 2.3 Ecoboost engine variant, it is certainly a signature of a legendary Ford Mustang! So, now that I have hear the engine.. How about reposition the gear in ‘D’ shall we?

The drive was surprisingly smooth! Not so much of a drama like other supercars that I have driven and reviewed in the blog. Even for the GT V8 5.0 variant as well except GT V8 5.0 variant has a slightly louder engine sound than the 2.3 Ecoboost. The top speed for both of the models are 155 mph and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds for the 2.3 Ecoboost and 4.8 seconds for the 5.0 V8 GT variant! Wow! I like the speed though!

The Verdict

Despite the specs sheet and the V8 engine, my overall experience after test driving the car would be it lacks the beast personalities in it.. To be honest, I have a high expectations for the car to blow my mind especially when driving it.. The buttons, the leather seats, the LEDs is great but I am seeking for that punch, that something extra that Ford came out to try and beat other supercar makers. Be it a big makeover in the performance or overall looks, I still perceive that the legendary Ford Mustang stands on its own. Ford came out with this specifications for a reason and I think it is impressive to see, great accessibility to features and functions of the car, overall good performance of engine and most importantly, a great new car to take on the name “Mustang” as its predecessor owns the name gloriously.

Before I end my write-up of the Ford Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost 2016 and Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 2016, I would like to thank you to the one and only, Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia specifically Mr Khairi Edin, Head Sales Consultant for letting me test drive an American Muscle Car. To all my loyal readers, thank you for your time by reading this post from the beginning until the end, I hope it will help you by giving the insights and how it feels like to drive it. Once again, thank you and have a wonderful day ahead! Before you go, have a look at the pictures below! 🙂

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Driven: Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG! Speed and Comfort Works Flawless

Over the years of making lots of cars in style, this Germany-based car maker just introduced to a new class to the market. A-Class. Looking back at the history of Mercedes-Benz(Daimler AG) company on introducing the A-Class, the company give its birth of A200 models at Geneva Motor show in the year 2012. In 2013, a year later, this model was given to the AMG team of Mercedes-Benz for further enhancements in terms of styling and performance.

If you asked me, what’s the story behind AMG? This is a very interesting question. Let me tell you a story. Back in the olden days, Mercedes-Benz is a car maker and manufacturer up until the present day. There’s a car modifier specifically modifies Mercedes-Benz. They made made all their client’s Mercedes-Benz cars go faster. Former engineers of Mercedes-Benz itself by the name, Hans Werner Aufrecht(A) and Erhard Melcher(M) under their own company, AMG Engine Production and Development Ltd. The word “G” came from Aufrecht’s birth town name, Grossaspach(G). Hence, AMG. So in full, AMG stands for Aufrecht Melcher Grossaspach. When AMG have become a high-profile player in its Mercedes-Benz car modifying business, in 1993, Daimler-Benz AG and AMG signed a contract enabling AMG to fully utilised their skills by designing and developing racing engines under their newly renamed company for racing division, Mercedes-AMG. They have been developing modified versions of Mercedes-Benz cars under the brand AMG ever since that until the present day. On a side note, AMG have a few relationships with Pagani and Aston Martin. With Pagani, they supply V12 engines for the Zonda and Huayra models. Aston Martin have access to both Mercedes-Benz Cars and Mercedes-AMG’s resources to help them build and develop a V8 engine. Wow! Mercedes-Benz and AMG team really are the benchmark set by other supercar manufacturers. Simply astonishing!

So, let’s come back to our topic for today, so, AMG team came up with a better version of the A200. Introducing, the Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG model. It has handbulit AMG 2.0 Litre Inline 4-cylinder with Turbo engine which capable of producing 381 horsepower at its peak! From 0-100km/h at 4.2 seconds! It came with a 7-speed AMG-tuned sports transmission, AMG Bucket Seats and optional AMG-tuned sports suspension! A small-entry car of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Line-up with a big heart I would say! Wow! So cool!

Upon arrival at the Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia showroom, I can see rows of Mercedes-Benz cars, rows of Toyota Vellfire, Porsches, Nissan GTRs and many other cars! All of them was shiny and bright! Now this is a beautiful view to look upon! Once I parked my car, I was handed the keys to the cool white-coloured with racing stripes Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG! I couldn’t comprehend how beautiful are the keys alone! Mercedes-Benz. It has sentimental values for me. When I was still a child, my late father bought a green-coloured Mercedes-Benz 190E. Later, he upgraded the car to a maroon-coloured E220. At that time, I always played with his car-key. It was quite thick, rectangle, black-casing, side-swaying car-key. Ahh, so many memories with the car. Moving on, after I received the keys, a photo session time with the car!

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They parked this Baby-AMG at the front of the showroom. When you have a look even from afar, it sure gives a statement. The black racing stripes on the car gives a contrast to the white colour of the car which makes it appealing to the eyes! Come to think of it, what will my late father say to me when I have a hobby like this? This is his most favourite brand of cars by far in his life.. Well, used to, that is.. I believe that beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Marry Bawn(1878)..

After the photo-taking session ends, it is time for the test drive session. What my reaction was like, mind-boggled, speechless.. It is my first time to sit in a Mercedes-Benz after so long! Let alone sitting on the AMG Automated-Memory Bucket-seat! A bucket-seat means it has extra padding or cushion that holds our body in place so that if we make a high speed hard-cornering especially on the track, our body will still in the same position and not be swayed by the car’s hard G-force. That is the definition for a regular bucket-seat but how about the definition from an AMG-tuned Mercedes-Benz’s Bucket-seat especially the car in question in this post? The bucket-seat in the A45 was comfortable yet sturdy.. Mind you, once we sit on it, on the side of the bucket seat, it has the 3 buttons to specifically adjusts the cushion or padding that supports our body. A bit too tight or too loose? You can adjust from the 3 buttons! I was like, “What?? It has this features as well??” I set the it to a bit loose since we are going for a highway test drive..After I admiring the AMG bucket seat, I pulled the neon orange seat-belt to buckle-up myself for the test drive session. To my surprise, the seat-belt has a motorised-mechanism that automatically pulled the seat-belt tight once we have “clicked” the latch plate of the belt to the buckle. It produces a robotic sound when it starts to retract the seat-belt. Wow! I’m impressed already! The navigation on-board the car is spot on! I get the chance to try and explore the entertainment system and sound system as well.. The sound was crisp! I can hear the treble and bass clear.. It is not as loud and superb sound like in the Nissan GTR R35’s Bose Sound System but you can get used to it!

The moment of truth, the test drive. The beautiful speedometer stated that the car can go up to 320km/h! As I pulled the unique gear knob to “R”, the reverse camera shows the yellow line on the screen to inform the driver where the car will turn as it sync-ed with the steering! On “D”, here we go! At the centre console, beneath the gear knob, there’s a rotary dial that we can switch the driving mode. It offers Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes. So, we started off with comfort mode. On the streets of Kuala Lumpur, the comfort mode was smooth.. No sound of rattles and shakes at all. The steering felt normal and the suspension absorbs the shocks from the road quite well which made the driving experience enjoyable. This is a premium hot hatchback that is suitable for daily driving and it is comfortable for long journey drives as well. The engine does not give any tantrums or dramas at all.. Quite amazing for a Mercedes-Benz, let alone this is the AMG-tuned! The low-profile tyres certainly reminds us that this car can go speed though!

On the highway(freeway), we switched the comfort mode to sport plus mode straightaway! This is where it gets much interesting! All along, this car was a small but tamed lion! The sport plus mode unleashes the true colour of this baby-AMG. With advice by Mr. K, I put my feet down to the floor, and once the RPM needle reach 6,500 RPM, the car gave a loud blow off at the exhaust! WOW! From the factory, the exhaust system is so cool! In my opinion, you don’t have to upgrade the exhaust system anymore. The driving experience was mind-blowingly good! The comfort of the AMG Leather Bucket-seat gripping my body to the seat gives me the confidence to keep my feet at the floor longer than I expected. Both of my eyes are opened big and alert as I reach 200km/h less than 2 minutes!(If I can remember clearly though!) Wow!! I just can’t stop admiring it enough.. The tires did its job well by gripping the road at every moments of the speed test I did during my attempt to get the car to blow-off! Amazing..

On our way back to the showroom, I found a straight section of the highway. Can you guess what I did? I did the blow-off again, of course! Not just once though but twice! After the toll plaza, my feet back to the floor once again and away it goes! Phewww!! The engine roars back to life! I can still hear the engine roars until now. Amazing! After the 2 times I did the blow off, which I did it in total of 3 times, I changed the mode back to comfort mode to let me enjoy the comfort and smooth ride of the A45. It is a wonderful car.

In my humble opinion, this is the car that suits the young executives and young managers of any field who would like to have a premium hot hatchback with speed and agility. Mercedes-Benz has lots of sentimental values embeded in me. One day, it will be a pleasure to own one for myself, well, especially, the AMG version of it.

Before I end my write-up of the Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG, I would like to thank you to the one and only, Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for letting me test drive the amazing Baby-AMG. To all my loyal readers, thank you for your time by reading this post from the beginning until the end, I hope it will help you by giving the insights and how it feels like to drive it. The blow-off is really special about this car. I do enjoyed my moments driving it.

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