“The new Mustang is the perfect example of continuing to build on excellence,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “It takes the greatness of the 5.0-liter and V6 and pushes refinement to the next level. The car has been spot-on functionally, and now we’re adding more features and technology to further improve the driver’s experience.”
More aggressive design
For the 2013 model, which goes on sale this spring, the front end of the car offers a more aggressive design with a significantly more prominent grille. A more powerful splitter adds to the appearance. Functional heat extractors on the hood of the GT are specifically placed and designed to help move hot air out of the engine compartment and cool the engine.
“With this new Mustang, we are delivering a more distinctive and emotional design presence that celebrates the total performance of Mustang,” said Darrell Behmer, Mustang chief designer. “This latest Mustang design is very respectful of its heritage while continuing to look forward with a more powerful and modern look.”
Rocker panels running along the car are now body-color, adding a more premium look. The rear of the car has been updated with a high-gloss black panel that connects the taillamps. Keeping the sequential turn signal Mustang is known for, the taillamps have a smoked appearance that matches the more purposeful look up front.
Other new design elements include signature lighting, a revamped wheel lineup, and new finishes for the wheels. The new car also offers many new options, including leather trimmed seats, a pony projection light, and heated mirrors.
New driving technologies
The 2013 Mustang maintains the outstanding balance and driving behavior Mustang owners expect, but with new technologies and packages for enhancement. The 5.0-liter engine will now deliver 420 horsepower.
The new Mustang can be specified with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission. This advanced control strategy offers the driver a choice between fully automatic operation and manual control.
“This lets owners take an automatic out on a track day or whenever they want to drive sportier, and lets them have the convenience of switching to manual control,” said Tom Barnes, vehicle engineering manager for Mustang. “This is an improvement in our powertrain offerings that delivers a sporty yet smooth experience.”
Unlike some competitive transmissions, SelectShift won’t second-guess the driver with an override shift. With SelectShift, manual control is truly manually controlled, allowing the driver to hold a gear right up to redline if desired.
Technology options for the 2013 Mustang include the GT Track Package, the Brembo Brake Package, Hill Start Assist, selectable steering, a 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen, two new audio systems, and SYNC AppLink.