Probably the best thing Motor Trend has done in recent years..
..is bring professional racing driver Randy Pobst on board as a contributing test driver. We’ve always put their somewhat insipid product a distant third behind C/D and R&T, maybe even a fourth when including Automobile Magazine. So it just lends that much more credibility to their operation when the person opining is someone who really knows how to drive and assess cars at a very high level of performance. Even as the auto buff rags continue to see their influence diminish, that’s probably one area where they still have the edge over new media (for us, anyway, if not exactly with the buying public)— that is, provided they continue to open their wallets in that manner.
It’s the same reason we pay slightly closer attention when Tiff and Jason speak, versus their counterparts over at the BBC.
With regard to the clip at hand, we believe that BMW’s engineers intentionally dialed in extra understeer so that its customers don’t do damage to either their cars or themselves (or worse, to others). This is something we think is easily corrected through relatively minor aftermarket modifications that we probably would have undertaken, anyway, although it should go without saying that the first and foremost mod should be the driver mod.
We also love the fact that Ford is gunning for BMW (if not necessarily with the GT, then with products like the recently-announced Boss 302 Mustang), as if to announce to its crosstown rival that it’s got bigger fish to fry. In a way, it almost seems like Ford taking a page out of GM’s book, given that the erstwhile (but well-received) Pontiac G8 GXP itself was said to have been benchmarked against the E39 M5.
All of this would have been laughable – unthinkable, really – just a few short years ago, but it’s certainly no laughing matter now (not that we expect BMW themselves are losing sleep over any of this). It’s all part of the Mustang’s evolution from crude muscle car to bona fide sports car, from the drag strip to the road course. We, of course, absolutely love it.