The fact that the 2013 Ford Mustang has had some work done may not be obvious at first glance. As the iconic pony car approaches its 50th anniversary, The Blue Oval gave the already-proven formula a few subtle enhancements, nips, and tucks. We’ve compiled the following list of changes to the 2013 model and will keep it updated as we spend more wheel time with the freshened model.
- 2 LED accent strips border the headlights from the outside
- HID headlights now standard across the entire Mustang line
- More pronounced front end with integrated nose incorporate aggressive elements found excessively on the Shelby GT500
- Upper and lower grilles now appear as one, split by the front bumper cover
- New functional hood vents that extract heat from engine bay
- Several new wheel designs
- V6 Mustang Club of America package now features the billet grille on the top and bottom fascias
- Body-color rocker panels replace black plastic units
- Heated mirrors now available
- New puddle lamps project pony logo on the ground upon unlocking the car
- New tail lights made up of three segmented LED units wrapped by thin smoked-out surrounds. The centers are clear switches to white in reverse
- New gloss panel decklid (between tail lights)
- Body-colored lower rear fascia replaces black plastic before
- New exterior colors include Gotta Have It Green, Deep Impact Blue, Sterling Gray, and School Buy Yellow
AM/FM antenna on rear fender now replaced by a half-inch-long stub.Update: looks like this isn’t the case, although it was originally planned.
- 4.2 inch color display between the tachometer and speedometer shows the standard trip information and contains Track Apps — a new collection of readouts that allows you to track various “track-only” performance metrics, including acceleration (automatic start and drag strip countdown), braking times, as well as lateral and longitudinal g-force
- Recaro seats now available in leather or cloth across the entire lineup as a $1,595 option. These were previously only available on the Boss 302 and GT500
- Two audio system upgrades: 370-watt Shaker with eight speakers and 550-watt Shaker Pro with nine speakers
- SYNC Applink is updated to be compatible with iHeartRadio, Pandora, and Twitter. Owners of previous-model year Mustangs with SYNC will be able to get their hands on an upgrade bringing this functionality to their ponies later this year
Powertrain and Performance
- The 5.0 liter Coyote V8 gains 8 horsepower, for a total output of 420 (up from 412 in 2012) thanks to piston and ring coatings from the Boss 302
- The six-speed auto now lets you shift your own gears (finally!). But this is accomplished through a rocker-style button on the left side of the shifter, not by moving the actual shifter up or down. Our recommendation: stick with the stick.
The Motrolix Take
Ford managed to improve an already-attractive package with the 2013 ‘Stang… but we wish that the V6 got its some direct injection love. Nevertheless, the real question, however, is whether you should wait for the next-generation model to get yours.