The latest version of the Mustang GT convertible can be equipped to provide a modem of performance with a comfortable ride. There are two suspension and running gear upgrades in the Mustang option list, but the ragtop tested had neither of these and still offered a nice compromise with acceleration, handling, and a smoother-than-expected ride. The test vehicle had Ford’s optional MagneRide damping system ($2,500) which provided stronger handling and the active valve exhaust system ($1,000) which opens the pipes for some growling.
With 460 horsepower on tap, the Mustang GT offers exhilarating acceleration, especially when you open the exhaust. Considering the tuned suspension and 40-series tires, this car went down the road in a fashion belying its performance attributes. And with the 3.55 gears in the Torsen rear axle, fuel mileage was better than expected.
Ford engineers have not just improved on the Mustang’s performance. The operation of the power top is quicker than previous generations. The fabric roof is also smoother than previous ones with interior bows completely hidden. There is able cabin room for two in the convertible. Coupled with the optional ten-speed automatic, the Mustang GT is quite tractable on the street, but its personality can change when called upon.
The dashboard/console setup provides everything needed at a quick glance for secure operation, but it is much fussier and appears crowded over the previous generation. Same goes with the controls on the steering wheel, as the older version was much cleaner.
Ford has continued to improve and enhance its iconic Pony Car. While each year there is a host of engine and driveline upgrades, the automaker has not forgotten about the rest of the car, such as the improvements to the top mechanism, seats, and technology packages. With five drive modes (normal, sport, snow/wet, track and drag strip), the Mustang GT can provide a pleasurable driving experience in any situation.
Price as tested: $68,255, base $53,105.
Engine: 5.0-liter DOHC V8, aluminum engine block and heads.
Power/Torque: 460 hp/420 lb-ft.
Fuel Mileage: 13-15 L/100kms, overall.
Drivetrain: 10-speed automatic, 3.55 Torsen rear axle, ball-joint with MacPherson struts front suspension, integral link and coils rear suspension, electric rack and pinion steering with 16:01 ratio, vented disc brakes with four pistons, 352-mm rotors on front and 320-mm rotors on rear, P255/40/R19 tires.
Specifications: Wheelbase 2720-mm (107.1 inches), Weight 1770.8 kg (3904 pounds), trunk size 322.8 liters (11.4 cubic feet), fuel tank size 60 liters (13.1 gallons).