The harbinger of true American muscle is back with an external makeover, updated technology and new driver tools. Yes, the 2013 Ford Mustang V6 and Ford Mustang GT are looking bold with revamped front and rear fascias, a more prominent grill and splitter and best of all, standard HID headlamps. That's right! No more sketchy do-it-yourself eBay HID kits shipped from overseas required! The New Mustang models also feature fierce LED tail lights and the side view mirrors actually project a hologram Mustang pony onto the ground next to the car. Whether you think the projections are an unnecessary grandiose display or the ultimate in brand loyalty and coolness, it's difficult not to be a moth to the flame.
While not much has changed for the V6's 3.7-liter 305HP/280 lb.-ft. torque engine, the GT model receives the boost in juice this year. Ford pumped the ponies up to 420HP, accompanied by the 5.0-liter V8's 390 lb.-ft. of torque. As a result, the 305HP 3.7-liter V6 is your show while the 5.0-liter V8 is your go, which falls right in line with traditional Mustang heritage. The gap in power translates to a divergence in fuel efficiency as well. The six-speed automatic 3.7-liter Mustang coupe is pegged at 19MPG city/31MPG highway, 19MPG city/30MPG highway for the convertible and 19MPG city/29MPG highway for the manual coupe and convertible models. The stalwart 5.0-liter GT achieves a rating of 18MPG city/25MPG highway for the automatic and 15MPG city/26MPG highway for the six-speed manual.
The GT's powerplant is also fortified with Ford's Ti-VCT (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing), a computerized system that monitors valve opening and overlap events in order to achieve maximum engine efficiency. The GT also rocks higher compression pistons compared to the V6, and features stainless steel exhaust headers rather than a cast iron exhaust manifold. As far as weight, the V6 coupe will run a little light at 3,523 lbs. while the GT coupe tips the scale at 3,618 lbs.
Some exciting touchscreen-based technologies have made their way into the 2013 Ford Mustang GT, brought to you by a 4.2-inch in-dash LCD that features Track Apps. Want to know your g-forces, quarter-mile time, 0-60 increments and braking times? That's what Track Apps is for. Important information like fuel economy and vehicle performance can be displayed on the LCD screen, as well as other MyFord Touch driver controls. Other technologies include the Selectable Steering feature that allows drivers to select the steering effort, depending on the type of intended driving style. The 2013 Mustang also brings AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, integrated blind spot mirrors, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and SOS Post-Crash alert.
Drivers who plan on dragging their GT at the track might want to upgrade to Ford's Mustang Track Package. This upgrade, available only on manual GT models, includes an engine cooler, heftier radiator, 19-inch alloy wheels wearing performance summer tires, performance Brembo calipers that bite down on 14-inch vented front rotors and a Torsen differential borrowed from the venerable Mustang Boss 302. Automatic V6 Stang drivers will have the option to add a Performance Package, while GT owners may opt only for the Brembo Brake Package.
The Ford Mustang V6 and Ford Mustang GT coupes and convertibles will start at $22,995 and $31,095, respectively. Check out our exclusive first drive video of the Ford Mustang GT above!
Special thanks to Jeffery Powers of Geekazine for filming!