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Ford Mustang (fifth generation)

Main article: Ford Mustang

Motor vehicle

The fifth-generation Ford Mustang (S) is a pony car that was manufactured by Ford from to , at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan. The fifth generation began with the model year, and received a facelift for the model year. Originally designed by Sid Ramnarace through late and finalized in mid, the fifth-generation Mustang's design was previewed by two pre production concept cars that debuted at the North American International Auto Show. Development began on the S program in under chief engineer Hau Thai-Tang, shortly after the launch of "New Edge" SN facelift. From the second half of , design work commenced under Ford design chief, J Mays, and concluded in July with the design freeze.[2][3] There have been several variants of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang that include the Mustang GT/California Special, Shelby Mustang, Bullitt Mustang, and Boss Mustang.

Pre-production concepts[edit]

Ford Mustang GT Concept, Mustang Convertible Concept[edit]

The fifth-generation Mustang convertible concept, which resembles the later Shelby GT

Developed between February and November , two pre-production concept cars, a convertible and coupe model, were presented by Ford at the North American International Auto Show on January 5, [4][5][6]

The Redline Red Metallic Ford Mustang GT convertible concept included a "showbar" with a rim of billet-aluminum trim, inch wheels, in cross-drilled Brembo brakes, red and charcoal leather upholstery with perforated surfaces on the seat backs, billet-aluminum shifter for the 5-speed automatic transmission, as well as 4-point racing-style seatbelts and instrument gauges.[7]

The Tungsten Silver Ford Mustang GT coupe concept included a glass roof and functional hood scoops, as well as a red and charcoal leather interior accented by billet-aluminum hardware and a supercharged MOD &#;L engine rated nearly horsepower.[8]

Appearing with other concept vehicles at the show such as the Cadillac Sixteen, Aston Martin V8 Vantage, and Dodge Tomahawk, AutoWeek called the Mustang concept the "most significant vehicle in show".[9]

Both vehicles were eventually sold at the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach auction for UD$, each (before buyer premium).

S concept[edit]

At the following year's North American International Auto Show, Ford introduced a redesigned Mustang previewed by the concept vehicle that was codenamed "S". Its platform was the D2C for the model year. Developed under the direction of Chief Engineer Hau Thai-Tang and exterior styling designer Sid Ramnarace, the fifth generation Mustang drew inspiration from the first-generation – Mustangs.[10][11] The design aesthetic of J Mays, Ford's Senior Vice President of Design, has been described as "retro-futurism."[12]

Initial release[edit]


Motor vehicle

– Mustang S
Ford Mustang GT coupe -- jpg
ProductionSeptember –December
DesignerDoug Gaffka (S design chief: –)
Larry Erickson (S design chief –)
Sid Ramnarace (S exterior: )
Kevin George (S interior: )
Doug Gaffka (Bullitt: )[13]
Engine&#;L (&#;CID) CologneV6
&#;L (&#;CID) ModularV8
&#;L (&#;CID) ModularSupercharged V8
Transmission5-speed manual (T-5, TR)
6-speed manual (TR)
5-speed automatic (5R55S)
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Curb&#;weightV6 coupe MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
V6 convertible MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
V8 coupe MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
V8 convertible MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
GT coupe:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
GT convertible:
4,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
Predecessor– Mustang (SN II)
Successor– Mustang (S II)
– Ford Mustang V6 convertible
– Ford Mustang V6 convertible

Production start-up for the Mustang was on September 7, , with the first model rolling off Flat Rock Assembly on September 27, U.S. market launch and customer delivery began at the end of October , with production ending in late for the model.

The – base Mustang was powered by Ford's cast iron block &#;L CologneSOHCV6, replacing the &#;L Essex OHV V6 used in and older models. It produces &#;hp (&#;kW) at &#;rpm and &#;lb·ft (&#;N·m) of torque at &#;rpm and was mated to a standard Tremec T-5 5-speed manual transmission with Ford's 5R55S 5-speed automatic transmission available as an option. A final drive ratio is standard with either transmission. In a comparison test with a Pontiac G6 Convertible conducted by Motor Trend magazine, a Mustang V6 convertible equipped with an automatic transmission was able to accelerate from zero to 60&#;mph (97&#;km/h) in seconds; seconds better than the Pontiac G6 convertible.[14][15]

The Mustang has a MacPherson strut front suspension with reverse "L" lower control arms. The rear suspension was a new three-link system with a Panhard Rod that controls the vertical and lateral movements of the axle.[16] This live axle rear suspension, while sacrificing handling, provides the benefits of reduced cost and weight over heavier, more expensive independent rear suspensions. In spite of this, Ford has drawn heavy criticism from the automotive journalism community for the decision to equip the 5th generation Mustang with the live axle system. At a press conference, Ford stated that to include an independent rear suspension would have added $5, to the showroom price of the car.

Standard equipment on the Mustang includes power windows, dual power mirrors, power door locks with remote keyless entry, front air bags, AM/FM stereo with CD player, inch painted aluminum wheels, and larger brake discs than the previous generation Mustang with twin-piston calipers in the front. Some of the options available included Ford's MyColor (a color-configurable instrument cluster available as part of the Interior Upgrade Package), brushed aluminum panels (also part of the Interior Upgrade Package), Ford's Shaker ( watt peak output) or Shaker ( watt peak output) premium audio system with a 6-disc MP3-compatible CD changer, leather seating surfaces, a six-way power adjustable driver seat, and a four-channel anti-lock brake system with traction control (standard on GT models).[17] All Mustang GT and Convertibles came with a rear sway bar with white links during these years; the bar diameter varied with options and was 18&#;mm, 19&#;mm, 20&#;mm, or &#;mm. Replacement links from Ford are colored black or oxide coated [18]

For , a less expensive version of the Mustang was introduced as the new base model. Slotted below the V6 Deluxe, the V6 Standard, starting at $19,MSRP for a Coupe, or $23,MSRP for a Convertible, the V6 Standard models were each $ less expensive than their V6 Deluxe counterparts. The only difference between the V6 Standard and V6 Deluxe trim levels was that the V6 Standard featured sixteen-inch black steel wheels with plastic wheel covers, versus the sixteen-inch alloy wheels on the V6 Deluxe. However, sixteen-inch alloy wheels could still be optioned on the V6 Standard, as could most other available options on the V6 Deluxe. The V6 Standard was discontinued after the model year, once again leaving the V6 Deluxe as the base Mustang trim level.

As of , all Mustangs have seats containing material derived from soy beans,[19] harking back to some of Henry Ford'sideals.

Ford Sync was available on the model only as a dealer-installed kit.

Several new options and standard features were introduced in the following years, including the Pony Package (), a DVD-based GPS navigation system made by Pioneer (), a power passenger seat (), heated seats (), Sirius Satellite Radio (), new flat bottom spoiler for V6 only (), standard side airbags (), HID headlamps (), and ambient interior lighting (). The ambient interior lighting package consisted of the installation of electroluminescence that gave the driver the ability to choose various color combinations for the instrument cluster, sound system and climate control displays, as well as light emitting from the top of the front footwells and from beneath the rear seats.

For , Ford introduced a new option called the glass roof. This option ($1, at introduction) was in effect a full roof sunroof that splits the difference in price and purpose of the coupe and convertible models.[20]

Pony Package[edit]

Ford Mustang V6 coupe

The Pony Package for the V6 Mustang became available starting in This option includes an upgraded suspension derived from the Mustang GT, inch wheels with wider tires (originally only available on the GT), a unique grille design with 2 options of fog lamps, a rear deck spoiler, and unique door striping and emblems.[21] Later versions of the pony package also included a stainless-steel exhaust and power driver's seat.

V6 Appearance Package[edit]

At the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Ford Custom Accessories introduced the V6 Appearance Package. Among the items were a billet grille, scoops, a spoiler and blackout trim treatments. This package includes an upgraded suspension, additional interior trim, and a grille with foglights.[22][failed verification] Available in as a $2, option, it was promoted with an additional Power Pack FR1 (an 85&#;mm Cold Air Intake sourced from the Bullitt, True Dual exhaust with an X-pipe and Bullitt Mufflers, a Pro-Cal Hand held tuner and a Ford Racing Performance oil filter), handling package FR3 (shocks/struts, front and rear anti-rollbars, V6 lowering springs, and a V6 strut tower bar) and a short throw shifter. Available in , the V6 Appearance Package was only available on the V6 Coupe with the Premium Package with either an automatic or manual transmission and only with Grabber Orange, Vapor Silver Metallic, and Dark Candy Apple Red.[23] For the V6 Appearance Package was offered in Performance White and Black. By , total of V6 Appearance Packages were built and only 96 by [24][25]

Mustang GT[edit]

– Ford Mustang GT convertible

The Mustang GT featured an all-aluminum &#;L 3-valve SOHC ModularV8 with variable camshaft timing and a more rugged Tremec TR transmission. The engine produces &#;hp (&#;kW) at &#;rpm and &#;lb·ft (&#;N·m) of torque at &#;rpm. The GT model was capable of performing a quarter-mile test in seconds at 99 MPH, with acceleration from zero to 60 mph in seconds.[26] The Mustang GT also came equipped with a limited slip differential complete with the same carbon-fiber clutch discs used in the to SVT Cobra and the Shelby GT The differential uses the spline axles and the &#;in (&#;mm) ring gear. The standard final drive ratio of and Mustang GTs with a manual transmission was Since the model year, a ratio final drive was standard with the gearing available as a factory installed option. Automatic transmission-equipped models of all years come with ratio.

The Mustang GT features a stiffer, better handling version of the standard suspension, larger inch front brake discs (versus the inch discs used on V6 Mustangs), standard four-channel ABS with traction control, a two-piece drive shaft, a stainless steel dual exhaust, standard grille-mounted fog lights, and inch wheels, with optional inch wheels available starting with the model year.

Shelby GT and GT-H[edit]

The Shelby GT-H and later Shelby GT were based on the standard GT model, but modified by Carroll Shelby Automobiles to produce &#;hp (&#;kW) by means of a Ford Racing air intake, performance tune, and upgraded exhaust system.[27]

The Shelby GT-H was a fleet vehicle for Hertz car rental outlets and traced its roots to the Shelby GTH. The GT-H was available only in Hertz's corporate colors: black exterior and twin gold racing stripes. It included a billet aluminum grille, a Shelby hood with functional hood pins, as well as front and rear fascias that were later used on Shelby GT and GT/CS models. The GT-H came with the Power Pack that included a cold air intake, revised exhaust system and custom performance calibration, boosting power to &#;hp (&#;kW) and torque to &#;lb·ft (&#;N·m). The GT-H also includes the handling package with lowering springs, improved dampers, sway bars, a strut tower brace and a ratio rear axle assembly.[28] A total of units were ordered by Hertz for the model year, and convertible models were announced for [29]

GT California Special[edit]

In , Ford introduced the GT California Special (GT/CS) package, hearkening back to the original California Special Mustang. The package adds 18" polished aluminum wheels, non-functional side scoops, and unique vinyl striping that replaced the side GT emblems. The GT/CS also included a different front fascia and rear valance with diffuser, similar to those found on the Shelby GT. The GT/CS edition's front fascia was &#;inches lower to the ground than the standard GT. Interior upgrades included Mustang labeled floor mats, and CS only leather interior color options. The GT Appearance Package adds a hood scoop, exhaust tips, and engine cover.

In , the GT California Special was re-introduced as optional on the Mustang GT. Black GTCS side stripes which faded into a side scoop. The front fascia was replaced with the one used in the Boss with working lower fascia fog lights. The rear diffuser was taken from the Shelby GT while the rear deck lid featured black vinyl and a wing spoiler. Wheels were argent spoke 19&#;inch with a GT logo stamped towards the outer rim on each wheel. The interior's bright dash was replaced with black carbon fiber treatment, while carbon fiber door inserts and seat leather patterns were added. Badging included "GTCS" on the carbon fiber dash and floor mats. The front Grill was brushed aluminum billet with a V6 style pony emblem on the driver's side. (for , it was changed to black billet). Rear axle gear selections were , , or

– Bullitt[edit]

Ford Mustang Bullitt

The Mustang Bullitt returned in February as a variant of the Mustang GT, the last version of which was produced in It is reminiscent of the Dark Highland Green GT fastback Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in the film Bullitt. Available in Dark Highland Green or Black exterior paint without spoiler and GT fender emblems; the faux gas cap on the deck lid is replaced by a unique Bullitt version. The Mustang GT's standard fog light-equipped grille is replaced with a specially designed pony-less style grille highlighted by an aluminium accent. Dark Argent Gray inch cast-aluminum euro-flange wheels are used with matching brake calipers and larger, &#;inch exhaust tips replace the Mustang GT's standard 3 inch tips. Although side (quarter) window louvers (as shown in picture) are not standard, they are added by owners because they are similar to those on the Mustang fastback.

The Bullitt uses a version of the Mustang GT's aluminum &#;L SOHC V8. It has a cold air intake, improved engine calibration, and a revised exhaust system designed to mimic the sound of the Mustang used in the Bullitt movie. Total output is &#;hp (&#;kW) at &#;rpm and &#;lb·ft (&#;N·m) of torque at &#;rpm and the engine's redline has been raised to &#;rpm (from the standard Mustang GT's &#;rpm). Premium grade, octane or better gasoline is recommended, although an adaptive spark ignition system allows the engine to accept regular grade gasoline. Total output is the same with either fuel, but the engine delivers a flatter torque curve when using premium. The Tremec TR 5-speed manual transmission from the Mustang GT is used, but the Bullitt featured a heavier duty rear axle (also used in GTKR) with ratio, versus the Mustang GT's or optional ratios. The suspension is improved over the standard GT utilizing stiffer springs, struts, and a decorative front strut tower brace while also lowering the car's ride height by six millimeters.[30] Most of the Mustang Bullitt's components are available in the aftermarket for retrofitting earlier S Mustang GT vehicles, but some parts used in Bullitt Mustangs are marked to show authenticity.

The Mustang catalog indicate the Bullitt package was available on manual transmission Mustang GT Premium coupes as a regular production option; the same color restrictions apply.

45th Anniversary Edition ( GT)[edit]

Mustang GT 45th Anniversary Badge
Mustang GT 45th Anniversary Edition (with custom quarter window louvers)

Features of the Mustang include a glass top roof option, as well as special 45th Anniversary badging to commemorate the original Mustang's launch in A total of 46, were built.[25] Satellite radio was standard on premium interior models, and Deluxe was no longer used to identify base models. This model has the same engine and functional equipment as a basic GT. The 45th Anniversary edition is badged with a Mustang Colt emblem, with the 45th Anniversary logo. It included with an optional hood scoop and polished stainless steel exhaust tips package, rear spoiler, the Ambient Lighting package was now standard and included with the price of the vehicle at no additional cost, and 17" polished aluminum wheels were optional (17" wheels were standard but this model year used the same silver 5 spoke wheels since ).

Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition (½ GT)[edit]

Main article: Ford Mustang variants

The Iacocca Silver 45th Anniversary Edition was a 45 unit production also commemorating the 45th anniversary of Ford Mustang. Named for Lee Iacocca who helped develop and introduce the Mustang. It was designed by Michael Leone (I Legacy & Michael Leone Design) and built by California-based Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters coachbuilding company. Despite its aftermarket build status, it carries factory engine and warranties. Iacocca was given car 1 of the One was later auctioned for $,[31]

Shelby GT (–)[edit]

Main article: Shelby Mustang

Shelby GT (with export modifications)

For , Ford's SVT launched Shelby GT, a successor to the / Mustang SVT Cobra. The GT shared basic design characteristics with that of the Mustang V6 and GT. It retained the same basic live axle rear suspension setup of the Mustang V6 and GT, with some minor durability enhancements such as thicker sheet metal supports and extra welds, as well as redesigned strut towers to accommodate a wider engine. The supercharged and intercooled5,&#;cc (&#;L; &#;cu&#;in)DOHC4 valves per cylinder V8 engine with an iron block and aluminum heads was rated at &#;bhp (&#;PS; &#;kW) at &#;rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at &#;rpm.[32] The Tremec TR 6-speed manual transmission used a rear drive ratio. Wheels are 18×&#;inch with P/45ZR18 tires in the front and P/40ZR18 tires in the rear. Brembo inch disc brakes with aluminum four-piston calipers are on the front with inch disc brakes with single-piston calipers in the rear.[33]

The GT failed to meet some automotive journalists' expectations.[34][35]Car and Driver magazine, for example, though praising the GT for its ample horsepower and relatively smooth ride, criticized their test car for its heavy weight and, in particular, the nose-heavy weight distribution of % front and % rear (compared to the % front, % rear of a Mustang GT manual they tested).[36] Nevertheless, in spite of their opinion of its drawbacks, Car and Driver drove a GT in their "Lightning Lap" road test at Virginia International Raceway and found that the car's on-track performance lap time of fell just below that of the Porsche Turbo () and faster than that of the Lotus Elise (), Porsche Cayman S () and BMW M6 ().[37]

Shelby GTKR[edit]

Debuting as a model and continuing for , the Shelby GTKR ("KR" being an abbreviation for "King of the Road") pays homage to the original Shelby Mustang of the same name. Production for '08 was limited to units (including prototypes), with another KR models built for ' The KR featured new components and performance enhancements over the standard GT The KR's engine was tuned to produce &#;hp (&#;PS; &#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at rpm, gains of 40&#;hp (30&#;kW) and 30&#;lb⋅ft (41&#;N⋅m) of torque, respectively over the GT's. The rear axle has a ratio. To improve handling and help offset the car's front-heavy weight distribution, the GTKR featured a Ford Racing strut tower brace and uniquely tuned struts, shocks, and springs. Using a carbon fiber hood and a revised exhaust system, the overall weight of the GTKR was 22&#;lb (10&#;kg) lighter than a standard GT[38]


ModelYearsPower, [email protected]
Mustang ( L V6)&#;hp (&#;kW)@, &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)@
Mustang GT ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW)@, &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)@
Shelby GT ( L SC V8)&#;hp (&#;kW)@, &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)@
Mustang Bullitt ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW)@, &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m)@



In autocross, the S Shelby GT Mustang won the SCCA Pro Solo championship in the F-stock class from to [41]

A Mustang won the drivers, team and manufacturers' championships for both the and seasons of Grand-Am Koni Challenge.[42]

In , the Mustang also won the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge GT title. Blackforest Motorsports has entered a Mustang in the Rolex Sports Car Series GT class.[43]

model year update[edit]


Motor vehicle

– Mustang S II
 Ford Mustang V6 1 -- jpg
ProductionJanuary 12, –June 20, [44][45]
DesignerDoug Gaffka (S II design chief: )
George Saridikas (exterior: , )
Robert Gelardi (interior: , MY facelift exterior: )[2][46][47]
PlatformFord D2C Platform
Engine&#;L DuratecV6 (Max speed mph)
&#;L Cologne V6 ( Only)
&#;L ModularV8 ( Only)
&#;L Modularsupercharged V8
L Coyote V8 (Max speed mph)
&#;L Modularsupercharged V8 (Max speed + mph)
Transmission5-speed manual (TR)
6-speed manual (TR, Getrag / Ford MT82)
5-speed automatic (5R55S)
6-Speed (6R80) Automatic
Wheelbase&#;in (2,&#;mm)
Length&#;in (4,&#;mm)
Width&#;in (1,&#;mm)
Height&#;in (1,&#;mm) (Coupe)
&#;in (1,&#;mm) (Convertible)
Curb&#;weightV6 coupe MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
V8 GT coupe MT/AT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)/3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
V8 GT coupe MT:
3,&#;lb (1,&#;kg)
Predecessor– Mustang (S I)
Successor–present Mustang (S)

The model year Mustang was unveiled on November 18, , prior to the Los Angeles International Auto Show. Production began on January 12, and it went on sale in March [48] The Mustang was a revision of the – models, retaining the D2C platform.

Design and development work began in , with September 29, being when designer George Saridikas' exterior proposal was chosen, as well as Robert Gelardi's interior proposal under chief S designer Doug Gaffka. Doug Gaffka afterward, became immediately responsible for the design of the – Bullitt and the GTKR, upon MY design selection in The resulting production exterior design of late was substantially revised, resulting in better aerodynamic performance (Ford claimed the coefficient of drag was reduced by 4% on V6 models and 7% on GT models, and that the front aerodynamic lift was reduced by 37% for V6 models and 23% for GT models.[49]).

Specific changes to the exterior include a restyled Mustang emblem,[50] a new headlight design with integrated turn signals, new slimmer side mirror design, a prominent "powerdome" hood, and revised three-lens taillights with LEDs that blink in sequence for turn indication. Additionally, the Mustang GT used smaller fog lights than the – models though they were still mounted in the car's grille. Fog lights on V6 models (a part of a revised Pony Package first introduced for ) are now mounted in the lower fascia below the grille. The radio antenna had been moved to the rear of the car and the lock for the trunk no longer featured a keyhole on the trunk lid, substituting with a remote trunk release only.[51] In spite of its changes, the Mustang's overall exterior dimensions were nearly identical to the – models.[52]

The Mustang's interior was revised featuring higher quality thermoplastic olefin surfaces, available real aluminium trim, and improved fit and finish. The new design moved away from the linear nature of the previous models. Ford SYNC became available as a factory installed option on all trim levels of the Mustang except the base model.

This generation was the first to be sold in Japan in left hand drive form with exterior lighting modifications to comply with Japanese Government regulations.

The standard engine was a &#;L V6 mated to a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic transmission. The V6 powertrains were unchanged from those used in – Mustangs. Though the Mustang V-6 retained a single exhaust outlet, the diameter of the tip had been increased one-half of an inch to three inches.[53] The Mustang included new spring rates and dampers to improve ride quality and control and Ford's AdvanceTractraction and stability control system standard. Newly standard on the base Mustang were inch painted aluminum wheels while inch wheels continue to be optional (except for V8 models, where inch wheels were mounted by default). Other new available features and options for the Mustang included Ford SYNC, dual-zone automatic climate control, an updated navigation system with Sirius Travel Link, a capless fuel filler, a reverse camera system to aid in backing up, and an updated version of the V6 Pony Package.[52]

– Mustangs[edit]

For , the aging &#;L V6 used in the Mustang since the model year was replaced with Ford's Duratec 37 &#;L DOHC V6. Unlike earlier V6s, the new engine featured Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT), true dual exhaust (compared to the single outlet exhaust for the previous &#;L V6); this engine was rated to produce an improved &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at rpm.[54]

The upgraded powertrains were capable of achieving better fuel efficiency due in part to the new transmissions. With the standard Getrag MT82 6-speed manual transmission co-developed with Ford, the Mustang had been rated by the EPA to achieve 19&#;mpg&#;US (12&#;L/&#;km; 23&#;mpg&#;imp) in city driving and 29&#;mpg&#;US (&#;L/&#;km; 35&#;mpg&#;imp) on the highway. The newly optional Ford 6R60 6-speed automatic achieved 19&#;mpg&#;US (12&#;L/&#;km; 23&#;mpg&#;imp) in city and 31&#;mpg&#;US (&#;L/&#;km; 37&#;mpg&#;imp) on the highway.[55] A newly standard limited slip rear axle was more fuel efficient compared to the more aggressive axle used previously. The axle remained available in the Mustang as a performance option.[54]

The Mustang offered a V6 Performance Package starting in the summer of The package featured a standard rear axle, stiffer suspension tuning, inch wheels with performance tires, a strut tower brace, and performance-oriented electronic stability control calibration.[54]

Other, non-powertrain related upgrades made to the Mustang included a Nexteer AutomotiveElectric Power Steering (EPS) system with pull-drift compensation and active nibble control, general aerodynamic and NVH improvements over the Mustang, a digital message/information center, blind spot mirrors integrated into the car's side mirrors, a universal garage door opener, a &#;mph speedometer, and Ford's MyKey programmable vehicle key technology.[54]

Cobra Jet ()[edit]

The Mustang Cobra Jet is a Mustang that was the same design as the GT but it has wider tires and a bigger engine. Cobra Jet Mustangs were sold only to professional drag racers and came without a VIN, making it impossible to register them as a road car.

– Mustangs[edit]

Between and , development took place on further updates to the second generation S In late design work (by Robert Gelardi) was frozen, with prototypes being first spotted in May On November 2, , Ford unveiled the model year Mustang. The model year Mustang exterior was updated with a new front fascia featuring a larger grille, standard HiD headlamps and two LED accent strips adjacent to the headlamp lens. Models equipped with the Pony Package offered LED lighting mounted on the side-view mirrors that produce a projection of a running horse on the ground, 18" wheels, and lower valance fog lamps. In the rear, LED tail lamp clusters included sequential turn signals (as with – Mustangs) and a reverse indicator light integrated within the brake light. The trunk lid included a black panel that united the left and right tail lamp clusters. Several new wheel designs were offered.

Inside, Ford now offered a " display between the speedometer and tachometer on Premium models. Selections in this information display included G-force, acceleration times, air-fuel ratio, cylinder head temperature, and oil temperature. All models equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission included a SelectShift feature, which provided drivers the ability to choose and hold a gear and to shift manually.

Mustang GT[edit]


The Mustang GT added a more powerful version of the &#;L V8 seen in – Mustang GTs. The Mustang GT's revised V8 produced &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at rpm. The 5-speed manual and automatic transmissions offered with the updated V8 continued unchanged from before. The size of the Mustang GT's dual exhaust tips had been increased by one-half of an inch to &#;inches while the exhaust note has been improved to enhance the sound of the V8.[53] Like the base V6-equipped Mustang, the Mustang GT included new spring rates and dampers to improve ride quality and control. AdvanceTrac was also standard in the Mustang GT though a special Sport Mode setting was added for spirited driving. The Mustang GT came with standard inch wheels – one inch greater than the previous Mustang GT's standard wheels – while inch wheels were a new option.[52]

Newly available for the Mustang GT for were two performance packages. The Axle Package featured higher performance front brake pads, a more aggressive rear axle, and a recalibrated AdvanceTrac system. The Track Package featured higher performance front and rear brake pads, stabilizer bars and rear lower control arms from the GT, uniquely tuned shocks and struts, Pirelli summer tires (includes automatic upgrade to inch wheels), a rear axle with carbon plates in the differential, and a recalibrated AdvanceTrac system.[49][56]

& GTs[edit]

Starting in late for the model year, the Mustang GT's engine became an all-aluminum valve &#;L DOHC V8, codenamed Coyote. The Mustang GT marked this engine's first use in any production Ford. While the new engine's displacement was similar to Ford's original "" &#;L (&#;cu&#;in) V8, it was an unrelated design and instead shared more in common with the &#;L V8 and other Modular engines that it replaced. The new used a DOHC head design like other Modular engines and even shared its bore spacing and deck height with the outgoing &#;L V8. Differing the new engine from earlier Modular engines, among other features, was its use of wider bore diameters (and a longer stroke relative to the &#;L V8 in particular), to allow the use of larger valves, and camshaft torque-actuated Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (Ti-VCT). This more advanced design is approximately &#;lb (&#;kg) – about 10&#;lb (5&#;kg) heavier than the Mustang GT's previous &#;L V8. Red-line had been raised to 7, rpm. Using premium grade, octane or higher gasoline, the new &#;L V8 could produce &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at rpm.[57] Output of the drops to &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque at rpm when regular grade gasoline is used.[58]

The new incorporates piston cooling oil jets that helped warm the engine faster and keep the engine running cooler under load. Racing style tubular headers replaced the standard cast iron headers. Coolant and oil flow patterns were optimized for proper flow when under high lateral forces, such as those experienced when on a road course track.

The Mustang GT also got new transmissions for Both transmissions are heavier duty versions of the same designs offered with the V6 Mustang; a Getrag/Ford MT82 6-speed manual transmission and Ford's 6R80 6-speed automatic transmission. The 6-speed manual transmission came with a rear axle while 6-speed automatics get a taller rear axle. Combined with its new & more efficient V8, the new 6-speed transmissions contributed to an improvement in fuel economy in the Mustang GT over its counterpart from the model year. As certified by the EPA, manual transmission models were able to achieve 17&#;mpg&#;US (14&#;L/&#;km; 20&#;mpg&#;imp) in city and 26&#;mpg&#;US (&#;L/&#;km; 31&#;mpg&#;imp) on the highway while automatic transmission models were able to achieve 18&#;mpg&#;US (13&#;L/&#;km; 22&#;mpg&#;imp) in city and 25&#;mpg&#;US (&#;L/&#;km; 30&#;mpg&#;imp) on the highway.[59]

The Mustang GT gained the same non-powertrain related upgrades that standard V6 Mustangs got for Other, new features exclusive to the Mustang GT included "" fender badges replacing the "GT" badges used previously, an optional Brembo Brake Package includes 14 inch Brembo front disk brakes taken from the Shelby GT, unique inch wheels with Pirelli P-Zero ultra high performance summer only tires, a unique calibration of the Advanced Track stability system including a "sport" mode, and suspension enhancements such as stiffer springs (less aggressive than the BOSS and Shelby models but more so than the regular GT models) and various other suspension enhancements. Convertible versions of the Mustang GT in particular received a front strut tower brace, stiffened crossmembers, and other enhancements resulting in a 12% increase in structural rigidity compared to Mustang GT convertibles. All Mustang GT's with 19&#;inch wheels (Brembo brake equipped, California special, etc.) also received the strut tower brace and stiffened cross members.

Taller rear head rests were added in the middle of the model year for whiplash protection, with fold down feature for visibility when rear passengers are not present. The rear fascia is altered for slightly better aerodynamics than the as well.[57]

'High Gear' concept ()[edit]

The Mustang 'High Gear' concept is a concept car designed by Jennifer Seely of Ford and based on a Ford Mustang GT. The design was inspired by international products in categories such as jewelry, couture clothing, and architecture. The vehicle included rose-gold chrome accents throughout the exterior and interior; satin-black body; quilted suede seats with leather-wrapped interior upholstery. Modifications were also made to the engine, undercarriage, drivetrain, and sound system. The vehicle was unveiled at the SEMA show, during the first SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women event.[60]

– Mustang GT[edit]

Changes for the model year included standard "blacked out" tail lights and a front fascia similar to the styling of the Shelby GT models. The GT models include LED fog lights mounted in the grille and functional heat extractors on the sides of the hood. The engine gained 8 horsepower (6&#;kW) for a total of

A new Track Package was offered for manual transmission GT Coupes.

GT Track Package included the complete Brembo Brake package, a Torsen helical cut limited slip differential, Boss aluminum radiator, Boss engine oil cooler, and numerous suspension changes.[61]

Recaro sport seat option added for the Coupe.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Edition Ford Mustang GT ()[edit]

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Ford released a single special edition Ford Mustang GT coupe, VIN number The car is white with red and blue accents and features USAF markings and logos, wide body modifications, a handcrafted and painted belly pan by Creations n' Chrome that emulated the appearance of an F Thunderbird, front and rear wide body elements by TS Designs, custom inch wheels by Forgiato, a modified navigation screen, instrument cluster, rear seat delete, Recaro seats with embroidered Thunderbirds elements, unique sill plates and puddle lamps, a Ford Racing supercharger, suspension handling pack and Brembo brakes.

The vehicle was sold at the Gathering of Eagles charity event during the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh [62] The vehicle was purchased by James Slattery of San Diego, California for US$,[63]

Mustang Boss [edit]

Motor vehicle

Ford revived the Boss nameplate for The standard Ford Mustang GT's literV8 is enhanced with an upgraded intake system, forged rotating assembly, CNC ported heads, revised camshafts and a high flow "runners in the box" intake taken from the R racecar.[65] It produces &#;hp (&#;kW) – 32&#;hp (24&#;kW) over the standard GT's &#;hp (&#;kW). The engine produces &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) of torque, about 10&#;lb⋅ft (14&#;N⋅m) of torque less at peak when compared to the standard GT, and comes with a six-speed MT manual transmission. A rear axle uses carbon fiber plates in its limited slip differential or an optional Torsen differential.

The quad exhaust system is made up of two standard Mustang GT outlets and two side pipes that exit on either side of the rear crossover. The side pipes send the exhaust through a set of metal "attenuation" discs to create an extra growling exhaust sound. The discs are removable and include a spacer plate sized to match aftermarket exhaust dump valves.

The Boss takes the Mustang GT's suspension and adds higher-rate coil springs, stiffer bushings, and a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar. The body is lowered 11&#;mm (&#;in) up front and just 1&#;mm (&#;in) in the rear to give it a more raked stance designed to recall the original. The shocks are adjustable at the shock tower by using a flat head screwdriver. The standard Mustang traction and stability control programs have been altered with a new intermediate sport mode designed to allow for more flexibility on the track.

The aero package is almost entirely copied from the Boss R race car. The inch black-alloy racing wheels are 9-inches wide up front and inches out back and come with Pirelli P-Zero tires.

Boss Laguna Seca edition[edit]

Laguna Seca edition has map of track on rear badge

The Boss Laguna Seca edition is a further upgraded version of the Boss Additions include Recaro sport seats, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential (both optional on the standard Boss ), revised suspension tuning with unique spring and damper rates, and a larger rear stabilizer. The Laguna Seca model loses its rear seats, which are replaced by a cross-car X-brace to increase structural rigidity approximately 10%. It rides on 19X9-inch front and 19X10 inch rear light-weight alloy wheels with R-compound ultra high-performance tires. Ford Racing front brake ducts help cool the brakes.

The Laguna Seca Boss comes in two colors – Black or Ingot Silver – with a red roof and red accents. For , color choices include both School Bus Yellow and Black, both with reflective matte silver stripes. A more aggressive front splitter and a larger rear spoiler increase downforce for high speed track use. Only Laguna Seca versions will be built each year for the two-year run (for a total of ).[65]

The limited-edition Laguna Seca is designed to bridge the gap between the Boss and the Boss R.[66][67]

Shelby GT[edit]

Main article: Shelby Mustang

The Shelby GT was revealed by Ford through a press release on January 1, , prior to a public unveiling at the North American International Auto Show. Many of the basic design characteristics of the new GT are shared with that of the Mustang and Mustang GT. The GT gains the same exterior and interior updates as the Mustang and Mustang GT. The front fascia is new with larger upper and lower grilles, a unique hood, large fog lights mounted in the lower front fascia (similar to the previous GT), Shelby's signature cobra badges on the grille, front fenders, and trunk lid medallion (with Shelby lettering over the medallion), inch wheels (inch on the convertible model), and a Gurney Flap rear spoiler. Inside the GT gains a cobra disc on the steering wheel, shift ball, and seats with embroidered cobras.[68]

Mechanically the Shelby GT remains closely related to the – GT, but the model has been upgraded with various features similar to or found in the Shelby GTKR. A conical cold air intake and other enhancements to the GT's supercharged &#;L DOHC V8 have resulted in an increase in output to &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm, gains of 40&#;bhp (30&#;kW) and 30&#;lb⋅ft (41&#;N⋅m) of torque over the – GT respectively. The Tremec TR 6-speed manual transmission returns for the GT but has been enhanced with larger clutch discs (&#;mm (&#;in) versus the &#;mm (&#;in) discs used previously) and other measures to increase performance and noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) control. Additionally, the fifth and sixth gear ratios of the transmission have been changed from to and to respectively, contributing to an improvement in fuel efficiency that the GT enjoys over its predecessor. Complementing the transmission's gear ratio changes is a new, more aggressive ratio rear axle which replaces the axle used previously. According to Inside Line, drivers of the new Shelby can expect 0 to 60 mph times in seconds from a stand still and 4 seconds flat with roll out.[needs update] Elsewhere, the GT's aluminum hood, in addition to be stylistically different from that of the Mustang and Mustang GT, features an air extractor that helps cool the engine. Various aerodynamic upgrades, such as the design of the front fascia and the aforementioned Gurney Flap spoiler, contribute to increased downward force and a reduced coefficient of drag. Suspension enhancements found in the GTKR are used in the GT to improve handling and, specifically, provide better roll control. The GT features Ford's AdvanceTractraction and stability control system standard with different settings to control the level of performance the driver desires.[68]

The Shelby GT was released in the spring of


For , the Shelby GT received significant performance enhancements and other upgrades. Arguably the most important of the GT's upgrades is a new aluminum engine block for the car's supercharged &#;L DOHC V8, replacing the cast-iron block used previously. The block's cylinder bores are coated with an iron and iron oxide composite that is applied with Plasma Transferred Wire Arc (PTWA) technology, which was developed jointly by Ford and Flame-Spray Industries.[citation needed] The developers of PTWA received the IPO National Inventor of the Year award. The coating allows for the replacement of traditional cast-iron cylinder liners and marks Ford's first use of this process. Between this and the use of lighter-weight aluminum for the engine block, the new block is &#;lb (46&#;kg) lighter than the previous cast-iron version, contributing to a reduction in the overall weight of the GT compared to the model. Thanks to the new liner coating, which has friction-reducing characteristics, and a revised exhaust, horsepower production from the &#;L V8 has increased slightly for a total of &#;bhp (&#;kW) at rpm. The combination of the lighter engine, EPAS, and aerodynamic enhancements result in an improvement in fuel efficiency for the GT relative to the model that eliminates the car's gas guzzler tax.[69]

A newly optional SVT Performance Package includes a rear axle, Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar G:2 tires, forged aluminum inch wheels in the front and inch in the rear, as well as a firmer suspension tuning.[70]

The Shelby GT gains the same non-powertrain related upgrades that standard V6 Mustangs and Mustang GTs. New features include standard HID headlights and a glass roof option.[69]


The Shelby GT features the L TrinityV8 engine rated at &#;bhp (&#;PS; &#;kW) at rpm and &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) at rpm of torque, with a top speed of &#;mph (&#;km/h).

The models gain a new front end sheet metal along with standard HID headlamps, along with a new LED tail light assembly. Performance changes include twin fuel pumps (a Mustang GT's single supply pump, twice over), larger fuel injectors, a grippier and larger-diameter clutch, a larger fan, a three-row intercooler (the previous car used a double-row unit), a beefed-up Tremec six-speed with an internal oil pump, and a single-piece carbon-fiber driveshaft. Larger Brembo front disc brakes with six-piston calipers, reinforced axle tubes, and aero tweaks to help the car reach +mph safely. Ford says the changes have resulted in a percent reduction in drag and a percent increase in front-end downforce. Also new for is a larger front anti-roll bar and retuned springs. An rpm-adjustable electronic launch-control function is standard, as is four-mode electronic stability control.

A Performance package is also offered, adding two-mode adjustable Bilstein dampers and a Torsen limited-slip rear differential. In addition to the performance package, a track package for road racing can be ordered bringing a transmission cooler, a nose-mounted differential cooler for the Torsen limited-slip unit, and an air-to-oil engine-oil cooler.


ModelYearsPower @ rpm Torque @ rpm
Mustang ( L V6)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Mustang ( L V6)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Mustang GT ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Mustang GT ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Mustang GT ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Shelby GT ( L SC V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Shelby GT ( L SC V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Shelby GT ( L SC V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ [71]&#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @
Boss ( L V8)&#;hp (&#;kW) @ &#;lb⋅ft (&#;N⋅m) @


Ten Mustangs are currently used in the SCCA World Challenge GTS Series.[72]

Twelve Mustangs are currently used in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Gran Sport class.[73]

A Mustang resembling the Trans Am Series Mustang driven by Parnelli Jones has been entered in the Continental Challenge, tributing the fortieth anniversary of Parnelli's championship.[74]

The Ford Mustang is used in the NASCAR Nationwide Series as a silhouette racing car beginning on July 2, [75]

Mustangs have also been raced in the FIA GT3 and GT4 championships.

In , Jack Roush won the Daytona International Speedway's opening race of the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend in a Mustang Boss R. Leading the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge's final 18 laps, Johnson held off a veritable conga line of six BMW M3's behind as he closed on the driving pair's first win of in the BMW Performance at Daytona.[76]



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Test Drive: GT/CS California Special Ford Mustang

California dreamin' on such a winter’s day? Ford’s got just the cure in its “California Special” GT/CS Mustang, which pays homage to the limited-edition Mustang package sold by California dealers in

First Glance: She’s a Beauty

The first thing that came to mind as I glanced at my Race Red GT/CS Mustang was, “Wow, what a looker.” The car was loaded with numerous Mustang goodies including inch gloss black-painted machined aluminum wheels, body-color side scoops, a pedestal decklid spoiler, heated leather trim sport seats and a stainless steel dual exhaust. The car was even equipped with a ratio limited-slip axle.

The car’s side mirrors, with optional pony projection lights, cast the image of the Mustang's famous pony emblem on the ground when the unlock button is activated. How cool is that? 

California Special Package

The California Special Package is an appearance package option offered on Premium edition GT Mustangs, Features include:

  • Arresting black billet grille with a body-color surround
  • Tri-bar Pony badge
  • Unique lower fascia with fog lamps
  • Body-color side scoops
  • Rear pedestal decklid spoiler and unique decklid badge with “California Special” displayed on the rear gas cap badge
  • Diffuser-style rear lower fascia insert
  • inch gloss black painted machined aluminum wheels with P/ A/S tires
  • Aluminum instrument panel with carbon-style finish
  • Exclusive interior Miko suede door panel inserts
  • Leather-trimmed seats with Miko suede inserts and contrast stitching
  • Premium carpeted front floor mats with an embroidered California Special logo

While no performance upgrades are offered as part of the package, there are plenty of visual enhancements for drivers looking to kick things up a notch. 

In the Driver's Seat: Feel like a Star

My California Special Mustang was loaded with several interior creature comforts. Take, for instance, the dual zone electronic automatic temperature control system. This option, which is part of the optional Electronics Package, allows for different temperature settings depending on where you’re sitting in the car. 

Another feature of the Electronics Package was the car’s navigation system, which was equipped with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link. The Mustang was also equipped with ambient lighting, which is a standard feature on Premium GT Mustangs. Some other noteworthy standard features include a universal garage door opener, an electrochromic auto-dimming rear-view mirror, SiriusXM satellite radio and a inch LCD message center with MyColor and Track Apps.

The car’s optional Comfort Package included six-way adjustable power heated front seats and the heated side mirrors with pony projection lights.

In all, the cabin felt very comfortable, with plenty of visual accents, like GT/CS lettering on the dash. While the back seat area felt somewhat cramped, kids and small adults shouldn’t have a problem back there for short periods of time.

I found the driver’s side setup to be comfortable, even for extended periods of driving. The steering wheel’s integrated audio controls continue to be a great feature.

On the Road: Well Balanced with Plenty of Power

One of my favorite memories of the GT/CS was taking it out for a cruise. With horsepower and lb.-ft. of torque at my disposal, the Mustang’s L V8 engine did not disappoint.

In an effort to really soak up the whole “California” experience, I took the GT/CS out for a Saturday morning cruise along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway. With the ocean to my left and the mountains to my right, the GT/CS galloped along, eager for action.

Somewhere between Point Dume and Leo Carrillo State Beach I had an opportunity to really open her up. The GT/CS accelerated quickly, with ease. Even better was the sound of that dual exhaust as I put my foot to the floor. 

On my return trip back to Los Angeles, I navigated through the narrow two-lane mountain roads that connect Malibu to the San Fernando Valley. The car held nicely to the road, handling twists and turns with ease. My only gripe relates to the car’s rear decklid spoiler. The thing, combined with the rear seat headrests in their up position, obscures the view from the rear view mirror, and can take some getting used. That said, it’s not a deal breaker and the headrests do fold down.

Journey's End: Plenty of Visual Bang for the Buck

I had a blast driving the GT/CS Mustang for a week here in Los Angeles. In a town that’s all about glitz and glam, the car felt right at home. While some folks may balk at the GT/CS due to its absence of noticeable performance upgrades like those found on the GT or Boss , I think the car is a real deal. For only $1,, buyers can transform an already slick-looking premium GT Mustang into a pony that’s sure to attract attention.

That said, if you’re dead-set on performance enhancements, you can always opt for the optional Brembo Brake Package, as well as numerous performance upgrades offered by Ford Racing Performance Parts. 

The GT/CS Mustang, which is assembled in Flat Rock, Michigan, is available in both coupe and convertible versions; purchase entitles the owner to inclusion in the official enthusiast-run GT/CS Registry. It comes with a 3 year/36, mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5 year/60, mile powertrain warranty, and 5 years/60, miles of roadside assistance.

In Brief

What I Liked About the GT/CS California Special Ford Mustang:

  • Great overall value for the package price
  • The car sports some amazing looks
  • The car’s pony projection lights were a great optional feature

What I Didn't Like About the GT/CS California Special Ford Mustang:

  • The rear seat headrests in their up position, combined with the rear-pedestal decklid spoiler, can make for some serious blind spots

Who Should Buy the GT/CS California Special Ford Mustang:

  • Buyers seeking a Mustang that stands out in a crowd with its exterior features

Who should not buy the GT/CS California Special Ford Mustang:

  • Buyers seeking serious performance upgrades in addition to custom exterior styling
  • Those seeking a high mileage vehicle. On average, our tester got 16 mpg, combined highway and freeway driving in Los Angeles

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Race Red Ford Mustang Boss Is Ready to Be a “Road Runner” Once More

Originally created for the Trans Am racing series back in , the Mustang Boss was also Ford’s way of kicking off the war against General Motors’ Chevy Camaro in style. It became a high-valued collectible alongside its more powerful Boss sibling, so the Blue Oval naturally revived the nameplatefor another limited edition during the and model years.

And, in keeping with the modern Coyote V8tradition, the reinvented Boss featured an enhanced version of the fifth-generation Mustang GT’s liter engine that not only rose to a cool figure of horsepower but was also nicknamed the “Road Runner.”

This particular example comes from the outlandish Charlie Thomas Estate Collection (which includes both classicand new Mustangs, as well as a cool variety of different other models). It is number 2, of just 3, units produced, according to the description.

While the striped Race Red attire (one of just ) might be considered something that usually works better with a different and very prancing horse, there’s no shame in using it to stand out in a crowd. After all, the C8 Corvette’s Torch Red sales are a big statement of the popularity of such hues on American sports cars.

So, the paint job will ensure the next owner will get the attention of everyone around, but the secret performance sauce comes from under the striped hood. There, a racetrack key enables all ponies to go wild and on their merry way with help from the six-speed manual transmission.

Meanwhile, this Mustang doesn’t forget about creature comforts, including the nice Recaro bucket seats with Boss markings, or the powered amenities that make these modern rides so much easier to control than legendary, but very obsoletefrom a technological standpoint, classic ancestors.


Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Putting The Finishing Touches On The Poster Child For The Midlife Crisis

Shortly after I turned 16, my father set out to acquire a new carfor himself. Dad knew a guy who knew a guy who ran one of those quasi-legal used carlots that specialized in deals-too-good-to-be-true, so, armed with the protection of the referral, he drove off to the wrong side of town to see what might replace the Ford Fiestathat was about to become my hand-me-down.

When dad came home in a barely used MustangGT, my mind was blown. I pestered him to let me drive it the moment he set foot through the door of the house, but was told that I was not allowed, as he had not actually purchased the vehicle, but merely borrowed it for the night. Dad wasn't sure that it was the right car for him, he said, explaining that what drew him to it was that, like the Fiesta, it was a hatchback.

The absurdity of this statement was not lost on me. The Mustangmet percent of my automotive fantasies at the time, and even at my young age, I could sense that giving a newly ordained driver access to such a car would be eclipsed in the Pantheon Of Bad Parenting only by introducing your child to hookers and blow. This just made me more furtive and desperate.
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I had no idea how to convince my dad to keep the Mustang, but knew I must. So when mom said we needed milk for dinner, I volunteered to accompany my father on a run to the store. I had no plan, but if I was in the car with him, I reasoned, he might be distracted from finding something wrong with it. The errand also provided an opportunity to actually go for a ride in the Mustang, an experience that an hour earlier had existed only in the realm of my wildest fantasies. But I had already discounted merely riding in the car, so quickly does the adolescent mind move from one desire to another. Even getting behind the wheel had been subverted by my quest to possess the Mustang, like some teenaged Gollum. But dad improbably tossed me the keys, breaking his own rule and unknowingly providing me with a lifetime of animus against Ford'svenerable pony car.

Although I managed to keep my cool for the two minutes it took us to exit our subdivision, when I pulled out onto the road that led to the grocery store, my foot crammed the accelerator to the floor and I got to hear that sing all the way up to redline. Alas, it was a sad song of goodbye, as by 60 mph, the loudest sound in the Mustang was not the exhaust, but my father screaming at me to slow down.

The next day, dad returned from work late, behind the wheel of a FordTempo.

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At least until the all-new Mustang on the horizon for bows, this one is the ne plus ultra.

I have spent the last two-and-a-half decades trying to work through my feelings about the Mustang. But as each successive generation has improved, the awe and delight that initially accompanied those cars has given way to the bitterness of my first encounter. It has been just too easy to find fault with subsequent Mustangs, which have always been too ugly, too cheap, too underpowered, or too impractical. But now, just months shy of my 40th birthday, a week spent driving a Mustang GTConvertibleseems to have erased the psychological trauma of my childhood. That my tester was a lavishly outfitted Premium model with a sticker price of $47, – which included over $7, worth of options like Brembo brakes($1,) and a navigation package ($2,) – certainly helped, but beneath all the extras I found a pretty amazing car.

The Mustang is the final step in the multi-year redesign of the then-revolutionary 'Stang. The first Mustang in the model's long history to be given its own platform, the S was a good car saddled with a crummy interior and a dated powertrain lineup, complaints that have now been addressed. Ford began the process in the model, fixing the interior along with an exterior restyling that effectively pulled the Mustang's lines just a little more taut. Two stellar new engines debuted for , including the GT's liter V8 and a horsepower liter V6. Adjustable settings were introduced to the electric power steering system in the model, and the model features new front and rear fascia designs that further separate the current Mustang from those models. At least until the all-new Mustang on the horizon for bows, this one is the ne plus ultra.

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It's the first modern Mustang I've driven that looks and feels like a complete package, a car that's exciting enough to make me once again covet a Mustang like I did at age Explaining how I've come to this way of thinking might best be left to the therapy chair, but it starts with a simple question: What else is left for Ford to do?

What matters are three things: Looks, fun and value – and the new Mustang delivers on all three.

Now before the collected enthusiast community – minus the Mustang fans – all shouts "independent rear suspension" in unison, I'll preempt that by saying that I just don't care. If my test car had a rear axle made out of Legos and a suspension designed around the viscous properties of marshmallow fluff, it would not matter in the least to me if it still did the things it does as well as it does them. (And to the greenies who point to the GT's EPA fuel economyrating of 18 miles per gallon city and 25 highway, might I direct you to the V6 Mustang.) What matters are three things: Looks, fun and value – and the new Mustang delivers on all three.

The redesigned front fascia and vented hood that's exclusive to the GT give the '13 models an aggression that just wasn't there last year. The upgrade also includes HID headlights and body-colored rocker panels. While I really liked the way the old grille sat hidden underneath the horizontal overhang of the hood, the new front end emphasizes the vertical, giving the Mustang more of a fuselage look. Out back, the new LED taillights are less of a big deal, but they do give the rear end a cleaner look. The is the first of the post Mustangs that seems to have tilted the scales far enough away from retro to look fresh, without evolving into a 21st Century Ford Probelike some expect to see in the next-generation design.

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The interior in the Mustang is nothing special, but neither is it deficient. It hasn't been reworked aside from the addition of a new, optional inch LCD display in the center between the speedometer and tachometer, necessary to accommodate the Track Appsfeature, which we'll get to shortly. The seats in my test car looked like a million bucks done up in red leather with white stripes, but they felt flat and uncomfortable after a few hours behind the wheel, with no lumbar support and Ford's odd half-power, half-manual adjustment. Having a steering wheel that didn't telescope didn't help, but the optional Recaros seem like they might. While some of the switches and finishes inside the Mustang aren't quite as nice as in some other Ford vehicles (the Taurus SHOcomes to mind), the utility of the interior controls is undeniable. The Mustang has never been a form-over-function kind of car, and though the may flirt with self-indulgence a bit – the side mirrors do display the Mustang logo in a puddle of light at night – this is a car that delivers everything it promises.

This is mostly thanks to the GT's horsepower liter V8, which has received an additional eight horsepower for No, the two-percent improvement isn't something you're going to notice, but the addition of SelectShift to the six-speed automatic transmission is significant. It allows for manual control of the transmission by means of a shifter-mounted button, and while it doesn't make the Mustang's automatic sporting in the way of a real manual, it certainly doesn't hurt, allowing you to choose your own gear and, more importantly, keep the tranny from upshifting. SelectShift's usefulness is somewhat limited, however, as the manual shifting action is not all that quick, and compared to a better solution like paddles, the rocker button is unsatisfying.

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This is the first car I've ever driven that will let you display cylinder head temperature.

While I'm not one to shy away from a good manual transmission, mashing that gas pedal and feeling the rocket launch of the V8 uncomplicated by a third pedal, is as enjoyable as it ever was. Maybe this seems adolescent and unsophisticated, but once you convince the throttle to open up, the Mustang will make you say "Ahh!" While my GT's six-speed automatic did seem to poison the performance of the big V8 a bit, particularly when I left the transmission alone to choose an inevitably higher gear than ideal, the car is still extremely quick. Nimble too: When you adjust the electric power steering to the sport position, the steering feels really good, weighty, but quick and direct. On the comfort setting it's noticeably softer and more appropriate for a long freeway slog. The optional Brembo brakes on my test car produced phenomenal stopping power and were easily modulated, with excellent pedal feel. For a convertible, the Mustang feels stiff and solid, and with the top up it's surprisingly quiet.

One new feature for is the aforementioned Track Apps, which will measure a number of performance stats while you drive. It's similar to systems found in other performance cars, like the Dodge Challenger SRT8, with an acceleration timer, a g meter, and a braking timer. It's thanks to this nifty piece of tech that I know the Mustang GT Convertible can pull over g's on its street tires. All the Track Apps information is displayed on that nice looking little LCD in the center of the instrument panel, but amongst all the menus and options (this is the first car I've ever driven that will let you display cylinder head temperature) there's no digital speed display, which would certainly help mitigate the barely legible speedometer.

 Ford Mustang GT Convertible rear 3/4 view

With a starting MSRP of $37,, I just don't think you can find a car that can do more for less.

The Mustang GT Convertible is fun to drive and be seen in, and it is such an all-around performance car that it's hard to resist its allure. It may not be the best at everything, as there are certainly other competitors that are flashier, more powerful and more exotic, but there are few other performance cars easier to justify owning. The backseat of the convertible is large enough to be useful, and so is the trunk. I can imagine a Mustang GT Convertible working out quite capably as an everyday driver and family conveyance while serving equally as well as a hobbyist project and weekend toy. With a starting MSRP of $37,, I just don't think you can find an enthusiast's car that can do more for less.

You certainly aren't going to find many other performance cars with the unique history of the Mustang, and that certainly counts for something. That GT I drove in back in was the second coming of Ford's pony car, a performance bargain to reignite the enthusiasm of those Baby Boomers who had come of age during the Mustang's original heyday in the late '60s. That today's Mustang GT is once again wearing the badge is significant, as it's now my generation that's looking back at the Mustang of their youth and seeing it reincarnated, for the better.

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Ford Mustang GT Red Tails Edition Revealed: Gallery, Video

Each year, a custom Ford Mustang is created to benefit the EAA Young Eagles organization, and this year, it's the Red Tails Edition, celebrating the Tuskegee Airmen.

Like the tails of the P Mustangs flown by the African American airmen that composed the nd Fighter Group, the Red Tails Mustang bears a--you guessed it--red tail.

Built with VIN number , commemorating the P Mustang planes they flew, the Red Tails Edition Mustang is based on a Mustang GT glass-roof coupe. A unique non-production polished aluminum paint job, custom fighter-inspired graphics, custom Recaro seats with Red Tails logos, floor mats with the nd Fighter Group logo, and unique door sills and projecting puddle lamps.

But that's not all: the Red Tails Mustang also gets a liter twin-screw Whipple supercharger, SVT side-exit quad exhaust system, Forgiato inch wheels, and GT Brembo brakes and rear diffuser.

The car, unveiled today on the first day of the July EAA AirVenture program held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be auctioned on July 26 during the Gathering of Eagles. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the EAA Young Eagles Program, which provides free introductory flights to kids in the hopes of inspiring future aviators.

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