PREVIEW: 2015 Ford Mustang: Sleek new convertible

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The 2015 Ford Mustang fastback and convertible is available with a variety of engines, a newly designed, more efficient convertible top system, more connectivity options and a new exterior and interior design.

The new engine type includes a new turbocharged EcoBoost 2.3-liter and an upgraded 5.0-liter V8 with more than 420 horsepower and manual or automatic six-speed transmissions.

The convertible roof uses a new electromechanical drive and single-handle center latch to lower in half the time of the current car. Roof features a standard fabric outer layer and is fully lined and insulated for a quieter ride.

The newly designed 2015 Ford Mustang.
The newly designed 2015 Ford Mustang.

More compact roof and independent suspension contribute to segment-leading trunk space that can hold two golf bags – even with the premium audio system

“Convertible tops and iconic sports cars like Mustang have always been a great pairing,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “This is the best convertible we’ve ever built with a one-of-a-kind design that is instantly recognizable as Mustang and an outstanding all-around driving experience.”

For the first time on Mustang, every convertible roof gets a full fabric outer layer for the roof plus a full inner headliner to enclose the five-bow structure. Sandwiched in between these layers is a full 10-millimeter thick insulation pad that makes the convertible nearly as quiet inside with the top up as the fastback.

Lowering the roof is easier than ever. A new center-mounted single latch offers quick one-handed operation right from the driver’s seat. The new electromechanical drive system raises or lowers the roof in half the time required previously with just a press of a button on the center console. The electric drive system is also much quieter than the previous electro-hydraulic design.

A well-engineered top and dramatically upgraded cabin are just part of making a great convertible sports car. Like the fastback, Mustang convertible features significantly increased use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels throughout the body structure.

The more compact roof and flat load floor enabled by the new suspension boost trunk volume by 19 percent to a class-leading 11.4 cubic feet, big enough to swallow two large golf bags, even with the available premium audio subwoofer. The lower liftover height also makes it easier load up the trunk.

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1 thought on “PREVIEW: 2015 Ford Mustang: Sleek new convertible”

  1. I am starting to think that Ford wants to put more fuel economy in its Mustang. I come to this because the first time Ford put a 4 cylinder in its Mustang was in the 1970s Mustang II because of oil embargo. It was tragic mess based on the pinto. (Speaking of Pinto, did ya know they tried to make a flying one?). However, things got better in the late 70s and all through the 1980’s when fuel became cheaper. A 5.0 Liter V-8 was introduced, along with the SVO Mustang. It had the most powerful turbo 4 cylinder at the time; with 220 HP on tap.
    Today, we see a new turbo 4 cylinder, along with a 5.0 liter V-8, and both have a 6 speed transmission. We’re going back to the 80s I tell ya!


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