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(from Ford Press
Release) How can you top something as successful as the
all-new 2005 Mustang coupe?
You drop the top.
The 2005 Ford Mustang convertible, which will reach showrooms in the
spring of 2005, is the first in a string of specialty versions of
the new Mustang. Just as noteworthy, it is the most solid, best
handling and most refined open-air version yet of this American
The convertible uses the same ingredients that have made the 2005
Mustang coupe magical:
Totally new architecture
And because the
convertible was designed alongside the coupe and not as an
afterthought, it is much more solid than coupe-derived convertibles
of the past. Better still, it retains all of the personality that
has made the Ford Mustang one of the most-loved automotive
nameplates in history.
There are more than 250 Mustang clubs from around the world with the
largest - The Mustang Club of America - touting some 11,000 members
alone. And when you consider that of the nearly eight million
Mustangs sold since 1965, almost one million of them have been
convertibles - it's clear that the convertible is a key part of
AVOIDING EXTREME MAKEOVERS
The 2005 Mustang
convertible was designed from the ground up to deliver a more rigid
body structure without adding burdensome weight. This was
accomplished by engineering it in tandem with the coupe. An added
benefit of this process - one that helped meet a goal set for the
convertible's exterior design - was that it provided the car with a
cohesive, integrated look. It does not look like a coupe that has
undergone reconstructive surgery to become a convertible.
The fabric top also seals better than did those of previous models
and it affords superior rearward visibility. Looking for new and
better ways to do things, Ford engineers designed a z-fold top that
gives the Mustang convertible a finished appearance with the top
Aside from the top, the 2005 Mustang convertible shares the look of
a legend with its coupe sibling. The signature long hood, short deck
and classic design cues may be found on both. There's an
unmistakable hint of Mustang notchbacks of yesteryear in the
convertible's profile and stance - with the same athletic
proportions, save for today's bigger, wider wheels and tires, that
make it look as good at rest as it does at speed.
THE INSIDE STORY
Just as it does with its
exterior design and engineering, the 2005 Mustang convertible makes
a statement with its interior. Thanks to intelligent engineering
that resulted in a convertible platform with more than twice the
torsional stiffness of the previous version, this is the most quiet
and solid drop top Mustang ever produced. The squeaks, shakes and
rattles to which convertibles typically are prone are startlingly
missing from the 2005 Mustang convertible.
Also improved is the rearward visibility. The 2005 Mustang
convertible comes with a wide glass backlite (including a
defroster), full quarter windows and slim C-pillars, all of which
offer a driver a better look out the back.
Both passengers in the back and front will appreciate the lack of
wind-related buffeting and noise when the top is down. With the
windshield header more steeply raked than on the coupe and a
modified rear seatback, the 2005 Mustang convertible has no need for
add-on devices to block the wind.
Aside from these touches, the 2005 Mustang convertible shares the
coupe's look of a much more expensive car. Mustang's past is honored
by the twin-pod instrument panel and the present is addressed via
modern materials and Ford's acclaimed attention to interior design
and details. Plus, there's an optional color-configurable instrument
panel, an industry first, that gives the driver more than 125
different color backgrounds to illuminate the gauges and controls.
DONE RIGHT BECAUSE IT'S DONE LIGHT
The typical convertible
"conversion" can add as much as 300 pounds. Much of the weight comes
from the metal added to brace the structure to restore some of its
strength after the top is cut off. Mustang engineers considered how
they could add strength into both the 2005 coupe and convertible.
For instance, they were able to design body joints and rocker panels
that give the convertible a commendable level of stiffness without
the need for additional bracing.
The payoff from "adding lightness" is evident. For one thing, the
2005 Mustang convertible shares its suspension geometry and
virtually all its suspension tuning with the coupe. As a result,
never before have the coupe and convertible ridden and handled so
much alike. Another benefit of the convertible's sensibly managed
weight program is that excess poundage does not sap acceleration.
Like the 2005 Mustang coupe, the convertible uses a MacPherson strut
front suspension and a rigid rear axle that has surprised the
automotive press with its composure and handling prowess. The secret
for its success is a three-link setup with a Panhard rod that
maintains precise control over the axle.
Steering is via a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system.
Disc brakes are fitted at all four corners. The Mustang GT rotors
are the biggest ever used on a mainstream Mustang and the calipers
are the stiffest. A 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is
standard on the GT convertible and optional on the V-6. ABS also
comes with traction control. This all-speed system can be switched
off when the driver desires to "hang it out" a bit on dry pavement,
or when a smoky burnout is in order for an acceleration run.
Standard tires on the GT are W-rated P235/55ZR-17 all-season
performance radials on 17- by 8-inch alloy wheels. The V-6
convertible comes with 16- by 7-inch wheels with T-rated P215/65R-16
POWER PERSONIFIED-AND PERSONALIZED
Mustang is the very
symbol of American muscle, and the 2005 Mustang convertible is no
The base engine is a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6. Producing 210 horsepower
and 240 foot-pounds of torque, it is more powerful than the
260-cubic-inch displacement V-8 that was an option when Mustang was
For those who want something more, the V-8-powered GT convertible
boasts the same 300-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 as its coupe
counterpart. The GT's new three-valve V-8 has variable cam timing
and thus generates 40 more horsepower than the previous-generation
Mustang GT V-8. Automotive historians also will note that this new
281-cubic-inch engine produces 50 percent more power with less
displacement than the legendary small-block 289 V-8 of 1964.
While they are responsive, both Mustang engines are respectful of
the environment. Both meet Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV II)
standards. On average, the 2005 fleet for Ford Mustangs will emit 57
percent less smog-forming pollution than the 2004-model-year fleet.
FIVE SPEEDS, TWO CHOICES
For the first time, the
Mustang convertible is available with a 5-speed automatic
transmission. The 5R55S automatic is optional with either the base
V-6 or the GT's V-8 and has closely spaced gears to keep the engine
running in the sweet part of its power band. This assists
acceleration as well as fuel efficiency.
Standard on both V-8 and V-6 models of the 2005 Mustang convertible,
is a Tremec 5-speed manual.
TO PROTECT AND SERVE
While the agility and
acceleration of the 2005 Mustang convertible can help a driver avoid
an accident, not all bad situations can be escaped. That's the point
at which passive safety systems take over.
Here again a smartly structured body comes into play. The rigid core
of the 2005 Mustang convertible creates a safety cage that helps
protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact.
The front of the car is designed to help channel the violent energy
of a collision away from vehicle occupants.
The Ford Personal Safety System is also there to serve with
dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags as well as safety
belt pretensioners and energy management retractors. Side-impact air
bags for the driver and front passenger are optional.
And to help you keep a Mustang convertible in your stable, an
optional active anti-theft package provides increased levels of
protection, including a separate alarm sounder, new anti-tow sensor,
ultrasonic interior motion sensor, perimeter anti-theft protection
and even a high-capacity battery to keep sounding the alarm longer.
NEW HOME FOR THE RANGE
With the 2005 model
year, Mustang has moved to a new plant from its long-time home at
the Dearborn Assembly Plant at the Ford Rouge Complex. All Mustangs
are now made at the AutoAlliance International assembly plant in
Flat Rock, Mich. The 2005 Mustang convertible will go on sale in the