Is there anything interesting about its design?
Okay, let’s be honest with each other – the main appeal of the Mustang is its looks. Yup, this thing could be powered by a couple of cocker spaniels and have a top speed of Kyle Sandilands’ walking pace, and people would still be shouting “shut up and take my money”.
The good news is the V8 engine in the GT is magnificent, and you can read all about that magnificence below, but all you need to know right now is the grunt matches those restyled, but still drop dead gorgeous looks.
So how have the Mustang GT’s looks changed? Look at its face. The bonnet has lost its gunsight ridges and grown large nostrils and that nose curves down now more like a Jaguar F-Type thanks to the grille being placed lower. The LED headlights have been restyled and so has the bumper and the circular fog lights have been replaced with LED strips.
It’s hard to make out in the images but the contours of the black plastic skirting the front spoiler are beautiful – I’ve never written that in any review ever before, and I found myself getting a bit lost in the little details like that are all over the new Mustang.
Look at the lines in the bonnet, see how they flow to the side of the car; check out those perfect door gaps; and see how the back bumper is fixed to the rear of the car – it’s a three-dimensional join with a gap that’s almost seamless. Below is a new quad exhaust system – yes, twice as many exhaust tips as before - set in a sophisticated grey rear diffuser under those new LED tail-lights.
If the previous Mustang looked great, then this is polished greatness.
What wasn’t at all great about the last model was the cheap feel of the cabin with its hard plastics and uninspiring fit and finish. Ford took the criticism seriously and this updated Mustang has a more refined ‘export’ interior. That means a better-quality fitment and feel to the materials used – brushed aluminium instead of chrome trim in places, optional leather power adjustable Recaro seats, softer plastics and a stunning 12.4-inch virtual instrument cluster. The refinement could still be better, but it’s a noticeable improvement.
You can have your GT as a Fastback or Convertible. Both have the same new front and rear treatments, the only big difference in the bodies apart from the roof is the aerial on the Convertible’s boot lid.
What you can see is the reinforcement which has gone into the structure of the Convertible adding about 60kg of extra weight, too.
While the Convertible carries off a great execution of an automatic soft top roof (there's no retractable hardtop option), it looks better with the tonneau cover off, but nothing quite beats the teardrop shape of the Fastback’s hardtop.
Also, the Fastback lives up to its name and is actually faster to 100km/h than the Convertible. What the heck? I’ll tell you why in the engine specs section below.
This is just an update, so the Mustang’s dimensions don’t change – well, not much anyway. The wheelbase stays the same at 2720mm, and the new front and rear treatments have only added a mere 5mm for an overall length at 4789mm, while width including mirrors (folded out) is 2097mm.
It’s not a massively long car but it can feel that way looking out over that powerboat like nose – you can read more about what the Mustang is like to drive in the section below.
If you’re keen to find out what the interior dimensions are, and which ones have changed then dip into the section on practicality.
Oh, and the Ford badge – have you spotted it yet? There’s only one Ford badge on the outside of the Mustang and it’s almost invisible – you ‘ll see it high in the middle of the windscreen near the rear-view mirror. It’s a Blue Oval sticker and you can really only spot it if you’re standing right in front of it.