Doesn't feel like 460hp...?

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  1. McCarthy

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    Just an observation, but the car just doesn't feel like it has 460hp. It just doesn't seem fast enough for the power rating. I almost wonder if they're a bit generous with the rating from the factory... Car is a 10 speed with 3.55's, I even run 94 octane.

    I absolutely love the car, it just feels slower than it's rated for.
     
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    I can't quite put my finger on it, but the S550 platform really does hide the brutality and acceleration that is actually occurring. Make no mistake these cars are quick with that 10 speed.
     
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    I put 465 at the wheels and think it feels very slow, especially to my 455whp FRS and 450whp Focus ST. I think my friends 18 SS 1LE feels much faster but I put busses on him, I guess it’s just delivery? But I agree, when I read and watched videos on how people felt and acted when they stepped on the loud pedal I was a little disappointed my first time.
     
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    Now I have a 16gt so less power but sort of similar experience. I was out cruising the other day and in normal drive mode the car does seem to take a minute to wake up.

    But you put it in sport and keep the engine around 4k rpm and the acceleration is explosive. The pulls from 4-4.5k to redline still shock me. Put pulls from a dig can feel dull.
     
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    How much power does your calibrated butt dyno tell you it has?
     
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    These cars deliver power very smoothly, it's deceptive. If you're used to LS cars or a modular Ford it'll sneak up on you with the speed.
     
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    The throttle mapping in sport and track mode make the car feel much more responsive when compared to normal mode.

    Put it in wet/snow mode and you'll see how dead and muted it can really feel.

    I test drove a base GT and a Premium back to back and had the premium in Track mode and I honest to God thought the sales guy was messing with me and gave me a car with a blower on it.

    The throttle just felt that different.
     
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    I'm still waiting on mine. But I have to agree. You don't feel the power. But it is there. Similar to European cars. You press the fun pedal and don't feel anything, and suddenly you are going 200 km/h.
     
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    I don't trust my butt dyno, it has a crack in it.
     
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    #11 GTFURY, May 28, 2019
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    I'd add that you also get used to it. I came into the game late with my 2019 GT after driving SUV's for years. I know many of you guys have worked up through various muscle cars, so for you it’s probably more about how the S550 delivers the power but when I finally smashed the loud peddle on mine, I was shocked by the acceleration. Feel slow or not, you’re at the speed limit with the A10 in third gear before you even realize what happened.

    My first thought was “Supercharger?? Damn, who needs more power than this?!” and figuring I would get used to it but not knowing for sure. Fast forward just 2,000 miles and I’m already cruising the threads in the forced induction section learning all I can... :giggle:
     
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    Yeah, this car is all about "accidentally" going 100mph. I look down sometimes and genuinely didn't realize how fast I was going. I wonder if the local constables would buy that..."it's not my fault, Officer, it's Ford's".
     
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    It is definitely a different feel for us coming from driving late model Hemi cars and trucks. The Hemi has a lot of low end torque and really sets you back in your seat like our old muscle cars we grew up driving. I have had to re-learn that this engine likes operating north of 4K rpm. The good thing is I don’t find myself breaking the tires loose as much as I did in my tuned 2011 300C, especially with the “no nanny” tune I had for it. Unless I put it in track mode, this Mustang just hooks up and goes. I will say, I enjoy driving it more than ANY vehicle I have ever owned and that is saying a lot for me. Besides, drop the top and it is really fun!

    Some of my past rides:

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    But you put it in sport and keep the engine around 4k rpm and the acceleration is explosive. The pulls from 4-4.5k to redline still shock me. Put pulls from a dig can feel dull.

    THIS ^^^^^^^^^^
     
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    I was in a Hellcat Redeye last month, the car has almost 800hp. But because of its weigh and magnaride, you don’t feel you’re going fast. When on the highway every other car was “slow”, they were driving on the speed limit, we were going too fast. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked that car, but I prefer the mustang platform better.

    Another reason why I bought the EB, is because you won’t need 460hp for normal driving. I know the V8 sound it’s awesome, but even in normal mode I’m going faster than most of the cars around me.
     
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    I have the same thought. It isn't till I look in the mirror and see how far behind other cars are do I realize "yeah this thing has some power".
     
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    What do you mean? If the driver hammers it in a hellcat, you feel like Arnold in total recall.

    EB is a fun car, especially for city driving. The V8 is pretty much a different car.
     
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    Another reason why your car doesn't feel as fast over time is you get used to the power. Power is a slippery slope. Never satisfied.
     
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    Been saying this for years;

    They are naturally aspirated, small-displacement, high-revving V8s. They do not have much low-end torque, and they don't really wake-up until about 4K RPM. They do not feel very fast.

    I had a friend buy a 2018 BMW 540I M-Sport, with 335 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and a 3900 lb curb weight. He was absolutely sure his car was faster than mine, because his feels faster.
     
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    Yup, the car will do the numbers, whether it be on the dyno, acceleration times, trap speeds etc but the Coyote doesn't "feel" as fast as it is because of the linear, wind-up power delivery. Think of it as a larger displacement E90 M3 engine with a lower redline.
     
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