The 2014 Ford Mustang GT represents the end of an era. The next model year for Ford's illustrious pony car will see a dramatic reinterpretation of the nameplate that should banish the vehicle's much-maligned live rear axle to the dust heap and alter the vehicle's lines so that it distances itself from the retro trip that it's been traveling for much of the past decade. Modernizing an icon is never an easy task, but it's an important one that can't be ignored lest automakers risk letting even their most popular products rot on the vine.
I was happy, then, to spend a week getting re-acquainted with the 2014 Ford Mustang GT's not insubstantial charms. Just because the rest of the market has moved on from certain aspects of the Mustang GT's character doesn't make the vehicle any less enjoyable, nor does it take away from the stunning performance-to-dollar ratio that this particular model has to offer. In a world where technological sophistication is advancing to the nth degree at a seemingly breakneck pace, it's always a pleasure to sample the ultimate edition of a tried-and-true muscle car formula.