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Comparison of a 1989 Mustang GT and a 2012 Mustang V6

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Posted 02-13-2012 at 02:09 AM by That89GTGuy

So, due to car issues and possible job stuff, I recently had some interest in buying a car. And I did buy a car! Being an old car nut though, it was a bit of a change. For poos and giggles, here are a few differences between them:

Power: The 89 GT I have has been bored and stroked, and there was some exhaust work, but nothing crazy. Also was using stock gearing with a 5spd. The old car had pretty good power at about any RPM. It did not really need to rev much to get some power. The new car needs a noticeably higher RPM to get some power going. However, once you let it start to spin a bit, it's got tons of power. It's basically the same amount of power as the 89. The sound of the 89 is a lot better though. Both cars reach high speeds pretty fast, the 89 at this point has no speed limited due to a tune though. The 2012 still has the factory limiter on it.

Handling: I have not been able to take the 2012 Autocrossing or anything yet, but basicly impressions from driving it around the street seems to show promise. It feels like it is barely trying even at decent speeds. Now, the summer tires are unable to get very warm, so it slides kind of easy, but I'm liking it. However, the steering is not as nice as my Focus, and is not as "natural" feeling at the 89 GT. I've heard that about electronic power steering, and the Mustang is supposed to be better than some systems out there, but it's just something I've noticed. The extra weight and size of the 2012 is also very noticable. The light weight of the 89 GT is something I will miss. The 89 GT was easier to put where you wanted it too. Ahh well.

Comfort: The 2012 has the 89 beat 6 ways to sunday. It's just crazy. The space in the 2012 is much larger and considering how much larger the car is, I suppose that makes sense. It's still pretty drastic though. The 89 GT has much more utilitarian space though. With the hatch and fold down rear seat, you could fit an elephant back there! It was seriously cavernous. The 2012 does not seem quite so spacious in the same sense. The rear seat is basicly not better that the 89 GT either. The ride is a great deal better, but rubber bushings versus poly and solid busing is not a fair comparison.

The 2012 is awesome. I cannot wait for the break in period to be over and the autocross season to start. It's going to be awesome! The 89 GT still has a lot to be desired though. It seems more "no more than it needs to be", and that it something that I really like. The extra comfort is good though. We shall see...
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