There are many things about the American motor industry that bemuse me, not least of which how they manage to get so little power out of their engines. Take the new Mustang for example. Ford are proud to tout the 300hp, 320 lb-ft, 4.6 litre V8 engine. For the 21st century, that's not stellar, and we're talking about the GT here - it only has single overhead cams. If you stump for the Mustang V6, you're saddled with a 4.0 litre engine which only manages 210hp and 240 lb-ft of torque and it's a cast iron block!
For comparison, look at the Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X. It sports dual overhead cams, an aluminium block, 4-cylinder 2.0 litre engine that generates 291hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. That's only 20hp down on the Mustang V8 for an engine with half the number of cylinders and less than half the displacement. Compared to the V6 Mustang, it's 81hp more.
Ford tout their "performance driven chassis" yet the rear suspension is a live axle - that's stone age. Live axle is for lumbering off-roaders (real ones, not SUVs) and trucks. You simply don't put 1950's technology on a 21st century car.
Unless you're Ford.
I'm left thinking of the cockney rhyming slang for pony. The Mustang : the pony car.