Driven: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
11 Jun 2013

Driven: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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?

11 Jun 2013

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?

As-Tested

Trim Level: Premium
Base Price: $39,760
Total Options: $3,535
Delivery: $760
MSRP: $44,080

Notable Options
Gotta Have It Green: $495
Brembo Brake Package: $1695
Comfort Package: $695

 Photography: Zane Merva / Driver: Josh Merva

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.”

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Our tester had Mustang’s signature LED tail-lamps. The GT has a menacing look at any stop light.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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?

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

It’s impossible to pass up a chance to drive the Mustang GT. Yeah, you know you want to get in!

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

Driven & Reviewed: 2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

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.

 

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  1. Kitty February 8th, 2014 12:10PM

    Good article!

    Will say 3 things:

    1. The retro stangs are well served by non-digital speedometers. Needles give it that classic edge that sticks to the rough around the edges tradition.
    2. I did 2KUSD worth of suspension modifications before it really became driveable. I think it’s back to part of the heritage is the dependent suspension, it’s that mustang feel. Better shocks, struts, panhard, lca/uca and you’re set. Ford did drop the ball a little bit on making it ready to handle as much power as it has. Wait til 2015 and get your IRS.
    3. Convertibles only belong on cars belonging to Barbie. Super heavy convertible assemblies are not for performance vehicles and can wreck the driving profile.

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