2011 Mustang GT Convertible
One of the biggest factors in favour of the Mustang over the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger "pony cars" is the finish and interior design that makes it a stylish and comfortable car, at least for front seat passengers.
The rear seats are best reserved for small children, but the front passengers need to slide their seat as far forward to provide any rear legroom.
Even though the 'Stang's dash is better than the main competition, it is starting to look a little dated compared to the very high-tech dashes fitted in many new Ford products such as the Focus and Edge.
That being said, pony car purists will probably enjoy the simple and streamlined approach.
Starting at $42,999, the GT convertible includes heated and power leather seats, satellite radio, and Ford's Sync voice-activated communications system.
The GT convertible's starting price is an $11,000 premium over the V6-powered unit.
For that extra money the GT comes with many more interior and exterior goodies, but most significantly, a gem of an engine. 2011 marks the return of the 5.0-litre V8 that was so popular back in the day.
Don't be confused, this new 5.0-litre is light years ahead of the original in every way, most notably in terms of horsepower and drivability.
With 412 hp, this car is on par with the BMW M3 (414 hp) and delivers an exhaust note that is seriously addictive. The ride is surprisingly soft but this might be done to reduce the amount of body shake that convertibles are susceptible to. In city traffic the softer ride provides a very relaxed experience, but throw the short-throw 6-speed manual down a gear, hit the gas and the GT roars with a satisfying punch of power.
Too much fun.
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