2016 Ford Mustang GT Gains Hood Vent Turn Signals, SYNC 3 And Various New Packages

There’s no denying that Ford has a hit on its hands with the all-new, 2015 Mustang: for the first four months of 2015, Mustang sales in the U.S. are up over 60 percent to 42,955 units, thereby beating its rivals in the sales race. Though Mustang sales are showing no signs of slowing, The Blue Oval isn’t sitting on its laurels. Instead, it’s giving the Mustang GT some welcome updates and changes for the 2016 model year.

Hood Vent Turn Signal Indicators

To start, the 2016 Mustang GT brings back the turn signal indicators in the hood vents. A heritage cue from the 1967 Ford Mustang, the hood vents are standard equipment on the 2016 Mustang GT.

California Special Package And Performance Package

In addition, the 2016 Mustang GT will offer several the new California Special Package while the Mustang GT Convertible will offer the Performance Package.

California Special Package for Mustang GT Premium (fastback or convertible) will become available late fall of 2015, and includes:

  • 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels
  • Ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logo
  • Unique door panel inserts and premium carpet featuring red contrast stitching
  • Unique aluminum dashboard finish with California Special badge
  • Hood and side stripes
  • Black pedestal spoiler
  • Unique faux gas cap
  • Strut tower brace with unique California Special badging
  • Dark taillamp accents
  • Black-painted mirrors, hood vents
  • Performance front splitter
  • Unique grille with tri-bar pony logo

Performance Package for Mustang GT Convertible gives buyers of manual-equipped Mustang convertibles an added level of performance. Features include:

  • Unique chassis tuning, with strut tower brace and K-brace
  • Larger radiator
  • Revised suspension with upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs
  • Six-piston Brembo front brake calipers
  • 19×9-inch front, 19×9.5-inch rear ebony-painted aluminum wheels with summer tires
  • Unique tuning for stability control, ABS and electric power-assisted steering
  • Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio
  • Engine-turned aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges
  • More aggressive front splitter and rear spoiler delete

Stripes, Wheels & Trims

What’s more, the 2016 Mustang GT brings with it new stripes, wheels and trims that allow for greater personalization. These include:

  • Over-the-top racing stripes directly from the factory return to the sixth-generation Mustang. Offered in black or silver, the stripes are available on most color and trim packages.
  • A Black painted roof, last seen on the Boss 302, will become available for the Mustang GT (and Mustang EcoBoost)
  • Black Accent Package features special 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, black decklid spoiler, dark taillamp trim, and 5.0 and pony logos in black.


The next-generation of Ford’s infotainment system will become available for the 2016 Mustangs equipped with the Premium Package. The completely-overhauled system, which is now powered by QNX rather than Microsoft, features a faster, more intuitive, easier to use interface, improved voice command and AppLink functionality.

SYNC 3 also features the ability to update system software via any unlocked Wi-Fi network, bringing Mustang owners closer to their car than ever before.

Look for 2016 Mustangs and Mustang GTs to begin arriving in dealerships in the third quarter of 2015. In the meantime, feel free to drool over the photos.

News editor focusing on business, financial, and sales coverage who loves anything on wheels, especially if it's fast.

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