Sunday, January 18, 2015


The 2015 Ford Mustang convertible is on its way to dealerships …just in time for the worst of winter. If, like us, you're in the Snowbelt, fear not: The new Mustang offers remote start and heated seats, as well as selectable drive modes like “snow/rain spring .

Heated seats are standard on the premium-trim convertibles, while remote start comes standard on all automatic-transmission Mustangs. Ford says that the function doesn’t just warm the engine; it also warms the car to a comfortable temperature.

“Mustangs are made for year-round practicality and enjoyment,” said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager, “so it’s exciting that customers are taking delivery of their convertible Mustang models -- regardless of the season.For the pony-car faithful, the arrival of the sixth-generation 2015 Ford Mustang is a watershed moment. Now a luxury coupe of the first order, with enough performance on the order sheet to muscle up to sports-car territory, the Mustang is now fully free of its plebeian beginnings. It's fresh, advanced, plush, and technical, with more safety, too—a fitting 50th-anniversary tribute for a car that's as much a part of America as the original Model T.

The Mustang isn't quite a knockout from all angles, even if all the traditional Mustang cues were mashed into the new pony car. With a low and wide stance, the Mustang's pretty and graceful canopy rest on muscular haunches, but the some of the details are a little soggy—the tilted taillamp panel, the hashmarks that hashtag the headlamps. Inside, there is a distinct aviation-inspired theme. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The cabin's solidly laid out and more youthful than just about any luxury coupe, and richer-looking than the Camaro's cabin.

The looks are an evolution, but what's underneath the Mustang's body panels is truly a magnitude shift. Its new turbocharged four-cylinder delivers strong performance even though it underwhelms in its soundtrack. The GT's intensely strong 435-hp V-8 hustles best when it's amped up with a Performance Pack that includes a Torsen limited-slip rear end, summer tires, Brembo brakes and extra body bracing.

Drive this and the last Mustang back to back, and the new car's overwhelming sense of ride control and tracking and stability thoroughly outclass any of its ancestors. Credit goes to a wider track, a new independent rear suspension design, and to a lot of engineers looking to eradicate all the negative Camaro comparisons. They've succeeded.

The ultimate gift to Mustang fans? Launch control and line lock. The former lets anyone knock off impeccable 0-60 mph times, while the latter enables NHRA-grade smoky burnouts.

The Mustang's a cathedral compared to the cramped Camaro, but it's still a 2+2 at heart even though it's nearly the size of a Ford Fusion. Front-seat room is generous and not just for the segment; Recaro seats are bound to be a popular upgrade over the standard sport seats, as good as they are. The back seats are token gestures, the trunk's about the size of the one in a Cadillac ATS (hint: not very large), but the Mustang's spacious enough for two, anytime.

Down the track will be a new Mustang Convertible. Buyers of the convertible will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car a more upscale appearance and a quieter cabin, according to Ford. The new top also lowers twice as fast as before, and has a sleeker profile when down.

The 2015 Ford Mustang has not been crash-tested yet, but its list of high-tech features includes driver-adjustable stability, steering systems, throttle and transmission systems; standard Bluetooth and a rearview camera; and options for blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, and a forward-collision warning system.

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