At the 2016 Twin Cities Auto Show, a trio of sixth-gen Ford Mustangs greeted spectators.
First model noticed was a Mustang GT California Special (GT/CS) in Oxford White. The California Special Package ($1,995) includes black-painted mirror caps, a raised decklid spoiler in black, and faux gas cap with GT/CS emblem. An aggressive front lower air dam splitter and black out hood vents lend a performance look, and together with the hood and side stripes really compliment the Mustang’s styling. The GT/CS is more than just a cosmetic guise, with black-painted 19” machined-aluminum wheels wrapped in 255mm (front) and 275mm (rear), 40-series summer tires. Inside this GT/CS offered plush Ebony leather/Miko Suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching that extended into the door panels. Overall a great look for the new Mustang convertible, especially when the retro trim package is factored in.
Hardly inconspicuous, a GT in Triple Yellow Tri-Coat practically glowed next to the more subdued color of the GT/CS. The fastback was fitted with the GT Performance Package ($2495) which included 3.73 gears in the Torsen limited-slip differential and 19” Ebony Black Aluminum Wheels. It also had the optional gauge pack (oil pressure and vacuum) and Brembo six-piston front brake calipers. Between the leather Recaro Sport seats ($1595) was a 6-speed manual transmission. This Premium fastback GT was priced at $43,675.
Powering all GT models is the Coyote 5.0 liter V8 with 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft torque. Interestingly, Electronic Line-Lock is available on GT models. According to Ford, it’s the first feature of its kind in the industry and intended to be used only at the track. Simply put, you can lock the front tires and unlock the rears, enabling an unlimited number of burnouts. Brings back memories, doesn’t it? Can’t wait to test drive a GT to try out this feature.
The other Premium Convertible on display was powered by the 2.3 liter EcoBoost Turbo with 6-speed automatic transmission. Painted in Ruby Red Metallic and outfitted with Ebony leather trim, it sported 20” Mach wheels ($1295) loaded with 265/35 tires. Total MSRP was $41,120 including destination and delivery charges.
Last year Ford’s Euro-infused restyle of the beloved brand was complimented by an all-new IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) to help it handle as well as it accelerates. The new model made some strides in the sales department in 2015, finally gaining on the Camaro which has led the pony car sales race since 2010.
Is it enough to overtake the Camaro down the stretch? Whatever the finish is, we look forward to watching the modern muscle car race unfold for years to come.
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