Review and Test Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible

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The Mustang gets Ford’s first 12” all-digital instrument panel, capable of a variety of screen layouts, 26 color options with the MyColor feature, and the ability to display up to eight gauges. The driver can select gauge layout and colors and then tailor each Selectable Drive Mode to suit personal preferences.

DRIVING THE 2018 FORD MUSTANG GT CONVERTIBLE

Open the door, observe the Mustang emblem puddle light (something that fascinated all of my passengers), put the top down (mandatory!), and press the pulsing engine start button to hear it roar. The engine’s howl indicates something special is going on, something that can take car and driver from a standstill to 60 mph (96 km/h) in slightly under four seconds.

The 5.0 V8 received a 0.8-mm larger bore, thanks to the switch from cylinder liners to a spray-in coating. This in turn raised engine displacement from 4970 cc to 5030. Ford did not, however, change the 5.0 badge. With the increase in displacement comes an increase in ponypower from 420 to 460, and in torque, from 400 to 420.

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The V8 is paired to a brand new ten-speed automatic (my first ten-speed aside from a few Schwinns I’ve had). The ten-speed automatic replaced last year’s six-speed and to which I can only say good riddance. Shifts are faster and the Sport mode is, well, sporty. Paddle shifters on the steering wheel allow for drivers to make believe they are shifting gears but the automatic knows what it’s doing, even being smart enough to downshift to the correct gear for corner entry and exit.

I was happy to see that Ford includes a number of driver-assistance technologies in the new ‘Stang, including Pre-Collision Assist, pedestrian detection that includes “distance indication” and automatic braking. Also included are a lane keeping assistant and a driver alert (coffee cup reminder) system. These systems use a combination of cameras and radar to recognize objects the vehicle could hit and cause the vehicle to take autonomous emergency action to avoid a collision if possible.

All front lights are LED – a good safety move – including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, projector high-beams, and fog lamps.

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