There is a strange misconception that any vehicle built primarily for performance is inherently masculine. This misconception suggests only men enjoy the thrill of dynamic driving. While this fallacy is sometimes reinforced by bad marketing, it could not be further from the truth. Women are every bit as capable as men at putting down the throttle in a performance car.
One of the major prizes doled out in the annual Women’s World Car of the Year Awards is the Women’s World Performance Car of the Year.
This year the competition to determine the top performance car among women began with a field of 294 vehicles from different automakers. When the panel of 17 judges—composed of women representing 14 different countries around the globe—had their final say, the field was narrowed to just two: the all-new Ford Focus RS and the sixth-generation Ford Mustang. When the dust settled, the Ford Mustang reigned supreme.
“Ford Mustang is surprisingly loved by women who are after a sexy, sporty and masculine car that turns heads,” said Juliet Potter, a Women’s World Car of the Year jury member from Australia. “Combining the car’s silver-screen celebrity status with real-life practicality, Mustang screams, ‘I am in control!’ and delivers the same behind the wheel with above-average grip and suspension.”
The 2017 Ford Mustang, starting at $25,185 MSRP, represents the pinnacle of more than 50 years’ worth of innovation. The Mustang is offered with three powerful engine options: the 3.7-liter V6, standard on the base model and capable of delivering 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque; the 310-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost® offered with the Mustang EcoBoost® and Mustang EcoBoost Premium; and the formidable 5.0-liter V8 standard with the Mustang GT, which delivers 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque.
For the woman who cannot get enough performance, Ford also offers the 2017 Shelby GT350© Mustang and Shelby GT350R© Mustang. Both are powered by the 5.2-liter, flat-plane-crankshaft V8 that delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque.
Shortly after the Mustang was announced as the winner of the 2016 Women’s World Performance Car of the Year, Ford revealed the refreshed 2018 model, which adds an available 10-speed automatic transmission and an improved 5.0-liter V8 in addition to a revamped look. Given these upgrades, the 2018 Mustang has a good chance of repeating its victory.
This article is presented by Olathe Ford Lincoln in Olathe, Kansas.