Published on June 11th, 2013 |
by Zane Merva
Driven: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Style, Fit, & Finish
Driving Feel & Performance
Comfort & Interface
Tech & Audio
Price & Value
Summary: As an american classic, the GT never disappoints. Ford's 5.0L is addicting but the Mustang as a whole is starting to show its age.
: 4.1 (3 votes)
It’s an american classic. The Ford Mustang GT. Even better as a convertible, which is exactly what we had a chance to recently drive. With 420-horsepower and a lime green paint job, how well does the original pony car hold up in 2014?
Trim Level: Premium
Base Price: $39,760
Total Options: $3,535
Gotta Have It Green: $495
Brembo Brake Package: $1695
Comfort Package: $695
Photography: Zane Merva / Driver: Josh Merva
The Mustang continues in its 49th production year for 2014. We recently drove a “Gotta Have It Green” GT Convertible. After a few days behind the wheel, the more apt name may be “Gotta a ticket green.”
Our tester had Mustang’s signature LED tail-lamps. The GT has a menacing look at any stop light.
The interior on the 2014 Mustang hasn’t changed in the last couple of years. While still fun, the rear seats were cramped, windy, and uncomfortable for anything longer than a trip around the block. The front seats, however, gave decent support and bolstering for the type of driving the GT begs for. This GT was equipped with Ford SYNC and provided support for USB, Bluetooth, and Sirius Satellite Radio. We found the interface for SYNC heavily focused on voice controls and sometimes frustrating to use. The Shaker audio system, however, rocked out and satisfied the audiophile in us.
Ford’s legendary 5.0L DOHC V8 is incredibly smooth and one of the best engines we’ve ever driven. With 420-horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque, you’re prepared to take on any Camaro SS you meet.
The background of the Mustang’s gauges can be customized by the driver to one of a handful of colors. The new LCD screen offers a lot of info but is hard to navigate and oddly lacks expected basics, such as a digital speedometer. Green seemed to suit our GT best.
The unique blacked out rear fascia and full-LED tail-lights with integrated backup lights is clean and crisp. This GT had a rear spoiler delete. We missed the rear spoiler.
The interior of the Mustang is pure old-school-cool. With a retro theme, Ford decided to pursue form over function but that was ok with us. The leather trimmed seats look extra premium with white stitching and had plenty of support. Parts of the center console felt plasticky and cheap but the car’s performance is worth the compromise. A cup-holder positioned to make shifting impossible when in use underscored our frustrations. What were they thinking?
Just so there is no doubt. A nice looking badge provided a great place for just about everyone to point at and proclaim “Hey, look! It’s a five-oh!” We’re not joking, it happened more than a few times at gas stations and parking lots.
Despite suspension improvements over the last few years, the heavy GT Convertible is handicapped by its old-school live rear axle. Quick turns and transitions are hard for the GT to adapt to, especially on rough and uneven road surfaces. Straight line acceleration isn’t lacking in the least.
New LED fog lights more closely match the color “temperature” of the headlights, providing an excellent forward vision at night. Light pipes accentuate the HID projector beam housings and further define the Mustang’s high-tech look.
It’s impossible to pass up a chance to drive the Mustang GT. Yeah, you know you want to get in!
The Mustang GT allows you to fine tune your steering feel. “Comfort” provides more power assist but less feel for laid back situations. “Standard” and “Sport” step up the wheel’s precision and road feel for more control. After trying the three modes out we set our GT in “Sport” and never looked back.
This is not your typical “puddle lamp”. A Mustang Pony is projected on the ground every-time you unlock your doors at night. We’ve never seen something like this before and we really like it.
Folded down, the convertible top is about as pretty as your grandfather without a shirt on. Luckily, Ford provides this svelte form-fitting top cover. Unfortunately you have to install it yourself manually every time you put the top down. At least it cleans things up nicely and isn’t hard to put in place once you get the swing of things.
You’ll find the Mustang at the intersection of Liberty Hill Road and American Badass Lane. You can see the sequential turn signals at work in this photograph.
A growling exhaust note sets the tone. The GT looks like and sounds like it means business. Ford has done an exceptional job at keeping the car looking current and fresh through constant year-to-year updates. It’s rumored an all-new Mustang will debut for 2015 but Ford won’t comment.
It’s hard to pass up any convertible, but the Mustang GT has the history and performance to make you feel like a boss, rain or shine.
Mustang… 5.0 GT… Convertible… Lime Green. Our tester looked the part of a muscle car made for getting attention. Better yet, it can back up the looks by carrying only 8.89-lbs per horsepower. That gives the GT Convertible a 0-60mph time of just over 4.5-seconds.
We were shocked when the vents on the hood of our GT turned out to be 100% functional. They are new for 2014. Many cars, even performance oriented, do not have truly working hood vents. After a spirited drive you can see and feel the heat slowing rising out from them.
The 2014 Ford Mustang GT continues to be a mix of old-school bad-ass combined with new-age technology. Not many vehicles have the history and legend of the Mustang GT. Our test example topped out at a higher-than-we’d-like $44-thousand, but a base GT Coupe is a more affordable $30,900. Interested in a new muscle car? This Mustang deserves to be on your test drive list.