If there’s one kind of iconic car that is right at home at the NAIAS, its Detroit muscle. You can’t have Detroit muscle without the Ford Mustang and you can’t have the Detroit Motor Show with out the Mustang showcasing something new. Ford just unveiled the Mustang GT and the Mustang Convertible.
The soft top convertible looks very similar to the hard top coupe with the exception of the multi-layer cloth top providing extra insulation for a quieter cabin, although with a V8 up-front, petrol-heads will probably want as much engine noise as they can get. The Blue Oval company says the top can now be lowered twice as fast compared to its predecessor.
The GT variant comes equipped as standard with launch control system although old-school quarter-mile lovers will need some time accepting it. The GT runs on a 5.0-litre V8 engine delivering a power output of over 420 Bhp and a maximum torque of 528 Nm. So speeds of 120-140 kmph will be steady, smooth sailing for touring. After the V8 is a 3.7-litre V6 that has a maximum power output of 300 Bhp and peak torque of 365 Nm.
Finally there is the famous 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine. A 2.3 litre motor that make 305 Bhp and 406 Nm of torque. All engine options come with manual and automatic gearboxes. The automatic also comes with steering mounted paddle shifters. Both the coupe and convertible are equipped with a new link independent rear suspension and a newly developed stability control system. With this the Mustang gets less head-strong and will be less of a handful on the curves. This will slowly remove the label of muscle cars being direction impaired.
The Ford Mustang has been highly anticipated and has received mixed reactions from enthusiasts. While some say that the car looks amazing and futuristic, others feel that Ford has taken the character out of the pony car and turned it into something similar to a Japanese boy racer. Many people are up in arms about the EcoBoost engine on the Mustang and feel that the terms”green” and “economical” should stay away from the car that revolutionized American muscle cars.
The 2015 Ford Mustang line-up is expected to go on sale towards the end of 2014.