The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang makes its debut in the latest edition of the movie franchise ‘Need for Speed’, opening this weekend. It’s your chance to see and experience the iconic Pony in action before it goes on sale this fall (see video, below).
The 2015 Ford Mustang was redesigned for its 50th birthday, and it is the most powerful advanced version ever. Engine choices include a new turbocharged EcoBoost 2.3-liter and an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 with more than 420 horsepower. It’s also lower and wider than its predecessor, which helps it hug the road better, in your choice of Fastback coupe or convertible.
New features include advanced driver-assist systems, track apps, launch control and more, including all the new connectivity features Ford is famous for. So the new Mustang is smarter, along with more powerful, than before.
Mustang also is one of the most affordable sportscaars on the road. Although pricing hasn’t been announced yet, expect a pricetag for the coupe starting under $25,000, plus $5,000 more for the convertible.
“Need for Speed” star Aaron Paul drives a custom 2014 Mustang hero car in the highly anticipated movie, which is based on the long-running Electronic Arts video game series. He also takes the wheel of the next-generation 2015 Mustang in its first on-screen appearance. Take a look behind-the-scenes of some of the spectacular driving stunts.
The Mustang has been a movie star for most of its 50 years on the road. Need for Speed is just the latest of more than 3,200 appearances in movies and television shows. So many, in fact, that there’s a dedicated website, Mustang IMDB, to track them all.
Some Mustang movie history:
When the original Mustang debuted in April 1964, it was still an unknown quantity, but the producers of Goldfinger almost immediately cast a white 1965 convertible in the movie. And the Steve McQueen car chase scene in the 1968 Bullitt is widely regarded as one of the longest and best car chases in Hollywood history.
Need for Speed film plot is almost secondary to the action, but here it is anyway:
The film centers around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), a blue-collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street-racing circuit. Struggling to keep his family-owned garage afloat, he reluctantly partners with the wealthy and arrogant ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper). But just as a major sale to car broker Julia Maddon (Imogen Poots) looks like it will save Tobey’s shop, a disastrous race allows Dino to frame Tobey for a crime he didn’t commit, and sending Tobey to prison while Dino expands his business out West.
Two years later, Tobey is released and set on revenge – but he knows his only chance to take down his rival Dino is to defeat him in the high-stakes race known as De Leon – the Super Bowl of underground racing. However to get there in time, Tobey will have to run a high-octane, action-packed gauntlet that includes dodging pursuing cops coast-to-coast as well as contending with a dangerous bounty Dino has put out on his car. With the help of his loyal crew and the surprisingly resourceful Julia, Tobey defies odds at every turn and proves that even in the flashy world of exotic supercars, the underdog can still finish first.
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