Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

By Jonathan Spira on 25 June 2018
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When Ford introduced the original Mustang in 1964, it also introduced an entirely new class of car, “pony cars,” a new category that comprised sporty yet affordable performance cars with long hoods and short rear decks.

The Mustang’s launch on April 16, 1964 was nothing if not monumental. To build excitement, Ford purchased the 9 p.m. slot on all three major television networks and presented the brand new car to 29 million viewers simultaneously. The following day, it was introduced to opening-day visitors at the New York World’s Fair and to people around the country via ads in over 2,600 newspapers.

Today, the Mustang continues with the original Stang’s silhouette following a complete redesign in 2015 that resulted in a lower roofline, wider stance, and tri-bar taillights that evoke the original ’64 model to a greater degree than intervening models.


It’s received a refresh for 2018 that results in a somewhat busier front end, a lower hood and grille, revised LED taillights, and an all-new ten-speed automatic transmission that’s paired to the powerful 5.0-liter V8 engine. Recently, just in time for perfect June summer weather, a Race Red 2018 Mustang GT Premium Convertible showed up at our offices to spend almost two weeks with us.


Recent Mustangs have, in my opinion, had one of the best cabins available in an American car and the 2018 ‘Stang is no exception. Fit and finish are excellent as is button placement and the quality of materials used.

I thought that the aptly-named Showstopper Red heated and cooled leather seats with color-coordinated trim would be overwhelming after a few days but I grew to really like the strong color.

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