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September 2022 Newsletter

Ford Mustang

About as popular a household automotive name as you’ll find, the Ford Mustang is the longest surviving of the affordable breed of classic American muscle cars. Sold always in coupe and most times in convertible and 2+2 fastback forms as well since its 1964 introduction, the Ford Mustang is the only one of the original pony cars to enjoy an uninterrupted production run. It hasn’t been easy either, as oil crises, tightening emissions standards and corporate budget cuts have put the Mustang’s future in doubt on more than one occasion. Ultimately, though, its iconic status within the Ford lineup and popularity with consumers have seen it through.

Of course, any car enthusiast worth his 10W-40 would love to have a classic Mustang in his garage. But even more recent vintages have plenty of appeal, while the latest Mustangs offer all the style and performance any car buff could want. The current-generation Ford Mustang in particular is easily the best ever from the standpoints of performance, refinement, features and day-to-day livability.

Current Ford Mustang 
With a large variety of trim levels, a choice of coupe and convertible body styles and plenty of punch under the hood, the current Mustang has something for everyone. Whether you want a sporty, fuel-efficient commuter or a road-ripping muscle car, there is likely a Mustang for you. The Mustang comes with V6 or V8 power and five corresponding trim levels: V6, V6 Premium, GT, GT Premium and Boss 302.

The Mustang’s 3.7-liter V6 makes 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Going with the GT gets you a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 hp and 390 lb-ft. The Boss 302 comes with a variant of the GT’s V8 that cranks out 444 hp and 380 lb-ft. One may choose between a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic transmission, except on the Boss 302 which can only be had with the manual.

The base V6 standard highlights include 17-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning and a sound system with a CD player and auxiliary audio jack. The V6 Premium adds leather upholstery, a power driver seat, Ford’s Sync system and upgraded audio with satellite radio and an iPod/USB interface. The base GT is similar to the base V6 but with a V8 engine, 18-inch alloys, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler and adjustable steering effort. The GT Premium echoes the V6 Premium’s upgrades. Option highlights include Recaro seats for the V6 and GT models and a Track Pack for manual-transmission GT models that includes a 3.73 rear axle ratio, performance brake pads and a limited-slip Torsen differential.

The Boss 302 (coupe only) sports a more powerful V8 engine, 19-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, adjustable shock absorbers and unique features such as a suede-wrapped steering wheel and retro-themed body side stripes. The limited-edition Boss 302 Laguna Seca, named after a famous American racetrack, boasts track-ready upgrades such as race-compound tires, a stiffer suspension, the Torsen differential, unique gauges, Recaro seats and rear seat delete.

In reviews, we’ve noted that even the V6 offers very spirited performance and entertaining handling, while the GT’s even stronger acceleration can have you showing your taillights to all manner of sports and muscle cars, if you so desire. The Boss 302 is a sharply honed track-day weapon that can still easily serve as a daily driver. Regardless of which Mustang you lean toward, a fairly refined interior with its soft-touch dash, attractive metallic trim and wealth of available comfort and convenience features add to the car’s well-rounded appeal.

Source: [Edmunds]

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