For decades, the Ford Mustang has been the industry standard for affordable performance, while perfecting what it meant to be a pony car. And for the 2013 model year, the treasured vehicle will continue to gallop with more forward-thinking amenities.
“This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its heritage, while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and modern look,” said Mustang Chief designer Darrell Behmer about the entire 2013 Mustang lineup. And from what we can tell, Ford’s design team hit the nail on the head. But it’s not just the design that’s different with the 2013 Mustang GT.
Yes, the V8-powered ‘Stang will receive body-colored rocker panels for a more premium look, along with standard HID (high-intensity discharge) headlamps to light those long, empty roads at night. LED (light emitting diode) lights form a Euro-inspired bar above the headlamps and are responsible for the three-bar taillights for those losing the race to look at.
In other lighting news, the rear taillamps also sport a minor update, and continue with the sequential turn-indicator system. When one chooses to press the unlock button on the remote, the iconic pony design is illuminated on the ground from underneath the rearview mirrors. Snazzy.
To bring both sides of the rear lights together, the existing panel is now painted a glossy black. Also, two new attention-hungry colors are available – “Deep Impact Blue” and “Gotta Have It Green.”
While many owners may opt for aftermarket rims, there may not be much of a reason for them to do so, considering all of the shoe options that Ford offers. In the case of the GT model, it will come standard with 18″ painted five-spokes, which can be upgraded to a 19″ gloss-black, with a machined face.
On the inside, new Recaro seats similar to those currently featured on the Boss 302 and GT500 will be available in both cloth and cowhide.
Under the bonnet (for all you Top Gear UK fans), the 5.0L Coyote V8 engine now makes 420 hp, thanks to some changes learned from the Boss 302. For those who aren’t in need of a third pedal, Ford now offers a six-speed SelectShift transmission that operates both as a smooth, tame automatic transmission while giving drivers the liberty to manually select their gears if they so choose. But wait! There’s more…
No one buys a Mustang GT to loaf around in (hopefully), let alone one with a package on it called the “GT Track Pack.” With this particular package, owners are graced with a 3.73 rear axle, an engine cooler, upgraded radiator, performance brake pads, and a Torsen differential from the Boss 302. These applications are destined to help shave off those precious fractions of a second at the strip. Or beat that bastard with the Camaro on Woodward Avenue.
Keeping track of your record times will be this lovely invention called Track Apps, a new piece of fun software that delivers performance figures for drivers; the best part is that it comes straight from the factory. The app measures G forces, records acceleration times in the 1/4 mile, the 0-60 time, and displays braking times. All of which will go off the cadence of automatic and countdown starts. Again, from the factory.
Performance aside, there are several new creature comforts found in the Mustang GT as well. Hill-start assist is also featured on manual transmission vehicles, and is activated if the car senses a rollback for up to two seconds; it will hold the car in place while drivers maneuver up a slope from a standstill. There’s also a new LCD screen is available in the dash, measuring 4.2″ diagonally. It informs the driver of fuel economy (and conversely) performance readings. A five-way button on the steering wheel navigates the screen’s functionality.
To bump your driving soundtrack, a pair of new audio setups are available on the premium end. Under the Shaker name, an eight speaker, 370 watt, and nine speaker 550 watt system are there to rattle some mirrors. But we would rather listen to the brawny sound of that Coyote V8…