Your Mama taught you that it’s impolite to stare, but when you see the 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible blowing past you on the open road, it’s okay—stare. The Ford Mustang is still turning heads ever since it debuted in 1964 ½ and it shows no sign of going away anytime soon.
The 2017 Ford Mustang Convertible is available in the following trim levels: V6, EcoBoost, EcoBoost Premium, GT and GT Premium. That’s five awesome choices, so there really is a chance to get just what you want. There are also three engines available and two transmissions. The rear-wheel-drive Ford Mustang can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The three engines include a 3.7 liter V6 that gives 300 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque and this engine is standard with the V6 base model. The EcoBoost and EcoBoost Premium trims step it up with the turbocharged 2.3 liter, 4-cylinder engine that makes 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of torque. As if that wasn’t enough, are you sitting down for the next one?
The Mustang GT and GT Premium are loaded with a 5.0 liter, big honkin’ V8 that belts out 435 hp and 400 lb.-ft. of torque so you can easily produce a burnout that would make Dale Jr. proud. How fast? Try zero-to-sixty in just 4.7 seconds. Yep, that’s what Vanilla Ice calls “Roll-in’ in my 5.0.”
So, by now you are probably getting in your car and rushing off to Angela Krause Ford Lincoln on Mansell Road in Alpharetta, Georgia to take a look at these babies and here are even more reasons to pursue this iconic trendsetting Pony Car.
The base trim V6 has keyless ignition and entry, MyKey parental controls, Track Apps and Launch Control, automatic Xenon headlights, LED taillights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera, cruise control, tilt-and-telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, SYNC 3, a 4.2” central display and Bluetooth, air conditioning, a limited-slip rear differential, and a six-speaker sound system. You can splurge for an optional six-way power driver seat, LED fog lights, and 18-inch wheels.
With the EcoBoost trim you get all the V6 standards and options along with active noise cancellation and an aluminum dashboard trim. Some options for the EcoBoost include Recaro sport seats (these are made for the rich and famous) and an EcoBoost Performance package to include a sport-tuned suspension, larger radiator, upgraded brakes, additional gauges, sport-tuned steering and stability control settings, 19-inch wheels with summer tires, shorter gearing for higher acceleration response, and spoiler delete option.
The EcoBoost Premium Trim gets the EcoBoost standards and options plus heated horse laser mirrors, ambient interior lighting, rear diffuser, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, SYNC 3, a nine-speaker sound system, satellite radio, aluminum and chrome interior accents, and heated and ventilated front seats with leather upholstery. Options include Recaro leather sports seats, a premium trim with color accent package, a Pony package, navigation system, adaptive cruise control with forward collision alert, blind-spot monitoring, automatic wipers, rear cross-traffic alert, HD radio and a 12-speaker Shaker sound system.
The 2017 Mustang GT offers the EcoBoost’s equipment level but with a powerful V8 engine, electronic line-lock (for manual transmission only), and upgraded brakes. Options include those similar to the EcoBoost trim, with the addition of Brembo front brakes and a Torsen limited-slip differential, and you can further opt for a Black Accent package.
The GT Premium trim is similar to the EcoBoost Premium trim and offers the California Special Package instead of the Pony Package. The EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium also offer 20-inch wheels.
The 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible will emerge into the Mustang’s ongoing Sixth Generation with a few modifications. The V6 model will be gone; the EcoBoost turbocharged 2.3 liter, four-cylinder and the 5.0 liter V8 will be the only two engines offered for the 2018 coupe and convertible. Performance will be higher, but at this time it is not known by how much. A 10-speed automatic transmission will be available, along with the six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
Performance Package Mustangs will see an available magnetorheological adaptive damping system that was only available on the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT 250R, so ‘Stang fans, you have a lot to look forward to. This will be available for the convertible as well as the coupe, stick shift, and automatic. So, hold on to your butts … it’s gonna be a great ride.
The 2018 model year Mustang is set to be released in the third quarter of 2017 in the U.S. and will be released globally in 2018.
Breaking News for another Ford First: Ford has always had its customers’ safety first and foremost in all of their designs since the company began. The 2018 Ford Mustang, along with the Ford F-150, will have a new pedestrian detection system added that includes night-vision capability (a first ever!).
The Night-Vision Pedestrian Detection System will use a camera in the windshield and a bumper-mounted radar that can process information and compare it with a database that contains images of different types of pedestrian shapes. The processor will alert the driver of a potential encounter with a pedestrian with visual and audio sounds and signals. The system will automatically apply the brakes if the driver does not respond. Ford: Go Further. Yes, indeed.
Any way you want to pony up to the car, you can’t go wrong because the Ford Mustang is forever.