2015 Ford Mustang debuts with new tech features to track and adjust performance

Get ready for the new Mustang. On Thursday, Ford unveiled its 2015 Mustang and Mustang Convertible during the Good Morning America TV show.

Scheduled to go on sale late in 2014, the legendary muscle car will rock new track apps and controls for drive performance. On the dash, you’ll find large toggle switches to make the steering stiffer for tighter cornering, or looser for a comfortable ride. You can adjust the suspension, throttle, and traction control as well. While “sport” adjustments like these are common, Ford’s decision to use large knobs instead of touchscreen controls should make it easier to keep your eyes on the road.

Ford also lets you check the tire pressure on each individual tire, a first for any Ford vehicle. Ask anyone who has driven a Mustang on the track, and you’ll hear about tire pressure (and tires in general). Many Chevy models also offer this feature.

Details about the new track apps remain sparse, but a Ford rep told us they were redesigned for the new model. In the 2013 Mustang, there’s a countdown app that runs in the cluster above the steering wheel. Lights blink down in a column until you see green for go and can press on the accelerator. There are speed tests for 0-30 and 0-60 mph.

The new Mustang's dash is part retro, with oval gauges and huge knobs for controlling performance features, but also a large touchscreen and track apps for 0-60 tests.

The gauges in the new Mustang have a retro muscle-car look. A system called MyColor (also in the 2010 and 2013 Mustang) allows you to adjust seven colors for just the right blend. The new Mustang also has many of the more advanced Ford technologies, such as alerts for your blind spot and cross traffic coming behind you.

Dave Sullivan, the manager of product analysis for the AutoPacific, has already told the LA Times that he thinks the Mustang looks like a Ford Fusion coupe. We’ll see whether it acts like one when we get it for a test drive.

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