2019 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
V8 muscle and wind in your hair
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- 13 Sep 2019
By James Park
Today’s automobile customers are all about practicality, fuel-efficiency, latest safety technology, connectivity, storage space, enough ride height to not worry about scraping the underside on bus knuckles and other bunch of ‘nonsense’ the ‘true enthusiasts’ would scoff at.
There’s a clear reason the small to mid-size crossovers (CUV) have practically taken over. These utility vehicles provide nice solutions to urban dwellers who face numerous potholes and other road imperfections on their daily commute, as well as for weekend getaways to cottages and other places in between.
To many of these people, a car like the Mustang GT is a dinosaur and a toy for the nostalgically-inclined baby boomers.
The Mustang GT’s five-litre V8 does not really care about saving fuel or contributing towards cleaner environment. Its tiny trunk space will be hard-pressed to carry two golf bags and while the car claims it can provide seating space for four, the rear seat is hardly adequate for people bigger than a toddler. A spacious car this ain’t.
Still, this writer, test-driving the GT’s convertible version for a week, couldn’t erase the big grin on his face every time he took it out for a ride. Nice weather also enabled the top-down cruising for much of that week. Let’s just say it was sad to return the car to the press-fleet.
Of course, the Mustang makes up the triumvirate of American muscle-cars with the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. Of course, these muscle-cars – aka pony cars – were known to go fast in one direction. In fact, the Mustang kept the live rear axle for the longest time (preference of drag racers – who like to go fast in one direction) before switching over to independent setup only few years ago.
Nowadays, the muscle-cars, especially the Mustang, are also capable going around corners with enough verve and confidence to put some of the European sports cars to shame. No longer are they one-trick ponies.
What they can’t totally avoid is the demand of the times for fuel-efficiency and the like. So the base Mustang comes with a turbocharged four-cylinder mill and while this engine is capable of generating everyday decent power, at least to this baby-boomer (and to many of my generation), a Mustang without V8 power does not really deserve mentioning at all. The only way to drink whiskey (bourbon, rye, cognac, as well) is straight – none of that soda water or ginger ale to dilute the goodness. I digress.
Anyways, the 5.0 litre normal-breathing V8 residing inside the long hood of the Mustang GT churns out maximum 460 ponies and 420 lb-ft of not inconsiderable amount of twist. Sure, there are cars with bigger power but at 1,770 kg (3,900 lb) the Mustang is still light enough to keep up with many of them.
Enthusiasts would surely opt for the six-speed manual but the test-vehicle provided to this writer came with ten-speed automatic co-developed by Ford and GM. As far as this writer could tell, this transmission – while seeming to be an over-kill – shifted crisply most of the time.
In normal driving mode, the tranny up-shifts fast for the highest possible gear for the maximum fuel-efficiency. The shift-logic becomes much more aggressive in Sport and Track modes. The paddle-shifters provide manual control but personally, it still feels gimmicky.
The convertible soft top is claimed to go up and down faster than before. Manually unlatch the handle, hold down the button and the top goes down easy enough. Cruising with top down on a nice sunny day, preferably on a meandering road by the waterfront, is an enjoyable experience to say the least.
Even more enjoyable is the GT’s eight-cylinder harmony, especially with the optional Active Valve Exhaust. Stab the ignition button and listen to the engine waking up with a roar. There’s also the silent mode for those occasions you don’t want to wake up the neighbours too early in the morning and such.
Inside the GT is the typical Mustang interior for those familiar with it. The optional front leather seats are comfortable and supportive, as well as both heated and cooled. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is nicely weighted and adequately communicative. However, perhaps because of the tread patterns, the front tires are prone to follow grooves and heaves of the road surface and you need to constantly correct the steering.
The GT gets the latest Ford Sync infotainment system, which is fairly intuitive and the touch screen is easy to manipulate. The system was slow to recognize this writer’s ancient mobile phone, but a passenger with the latest version of it had no problem.
As mentioned already, the Mustang handles better than expected. The steering is heavy but quick and the car dives into corners with poise. Thanks to the nose-heavy rear-wheel-drive architecture, it’s easy to induce over-steer and have some fun with it (in a safe surroundings and well within reason).
Arguably, nobody really needs a Mustang GT. If one can have only one car, not many would rush to purchase it. However, the car does tug at the heart string. It’s the kind of car that puts smile on your face and pushes everyday stress-inducing thoughts to the back of your mind.
If you are looking for such vehicle, give Mustang GT a try. (James Park is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada.)
2019 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
As Tested: $63,915
Engine: 5.0 litre V8
Power: 460 hp/420 lb-ft
Transmission: 10 spd auto
Fuel: 15.0 litres per 100km (city), 9.1 litres (highway)
Best: V8 harmony, top-down cruising
Worst: useless backs
Competition: Chevy Camaro SS, Dodge Challenger SRT
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