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2005 Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford has issued the following press release:

How can you top something as successful as the all-new 2005 Mustang coupe?

You drop the top.

The 2005 Ford Mustang convertible, which will reach showrooms in the spring of 2005, is the first in a string of specialty versions of the new Mustang. Just as noteworthy, it is the most solid, best handling and most refined open-air version yet of this American legend.

The convertible uses the same ingredients that have made the 2005 Mustang coupe magical:

Totally new architecture
Muscular stance
Bold style
Brawny engine
Rear-drive excitement

And because the convertible was designed alongside the coupe and not as an afterthought, it is much more solid than coupe-derived convertibles of the past. Better still, it retains all of the personality that has made the Ford Mustang one of the most-loved automotive nameplates in history.

There are more than 250 Mustang clubs from around the world with the largest - The Mustang Club of America - touting some 11,000 members alone. And when you consider that of the nearly eight million Mustangs sold since 1965, almost one million of them have been convertibles - it's clear that the convertible is a key part of Mustang's success.


The 2005 Mustang convertible was designed from the ground up to deliver a more rigid body structure without adding burdensome weight. This was accomplished by engineering it in tandem with the coupe. An added benefit of this process - one that helped meet a goal set for the convertible's exterior design - was that it provided the car with a cohesive, integrated look. It does not look like a coupe that has undergone reconstructive surgery to become a convertible.

The fabric top also seals better than did those of previous models and it affords superior rearward visibility. Looking for new and better ways to do things, Ford engineers designed a z-fold top that gives the Mustang convertible a finished appearance with the top down.

Aside from the top, the 2005 Mustang convertible shares the look of a legend with its coupe sibling. The signature long hood, short deck and classic design cues may be found on both. There's an unmistakable hint of Mustang notchbacks of yesteryear in the convertible's profile and stance - with the same athletic proportions, save for today's bigger, wider wheels and tires, that make it look as good at rest as it does at speed.


Just as it does with its exterior design and engineering, the 2005 Mustang convertible makes a statement with its interior. Thanks to intelligent engineering that resulted in a convertible platform with more than twice the torsional stiffness of the previous version, this is the most quiet and solid drop top Mustang ever produced. The squeaks, shakes and rattles to which convertibles typically are prone are startlingly missing from the 2005 Mustang convertible.

Also improved is the rearward visibility. The 2005 Mustang convertible comes with a wide glass backlite (including a defroster), full quarter windows and slim C-pillars, all of which offer a driver a better look out the back.


The typical convertible "conversion" can add as much as 300 pounds. Much of the weight comes from the metal added to brace the structure to restore some of its strength after the top is cut off. Mustang engineers considered how they could add strength into both the 2005 coupe and convertible. For instance, they were able to design body joints and rocker panels that give the convertible a commendable level of stiffness without the need for additional bracing.

The payoff from "adding lightness" is evident. For one thing, the 2005 Mustang convertible shares its suspension geometry and virtually all its suspension tuning with the coupe. As a result, never before have the coupe and convertible ridden and handled so much alike. Another benefit of the convertible's sensibly managed weight program is that excess poundage does not sap acceleration.

Like the 2005 Mustang coupe, the convertible uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a rigid rear axle that has surprised the automotive press with its composure and handling prowess. The secret for its success is a three-link setup with a Panhard rod that maintains precise control over the axle.

Steering is via a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system.

Disc brakes are fitted at all four corners. The Mustang GT rotors are the biggest ever used on a mainstream Mustang and the calipers are the stiffest. A 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) is standard on the GT convertible and optional on the V-6. ABS also comes with traction control. This all-speed system can be switched off when the driver desires to "hang it out" a bit on dry pavement, or when a smoky burnout is in order for an acceleration run.

Standard tires on the GT are W-rated P235/55ZR-17 all-season performance radials on 17- by 8-inch alloy wheels. The V-6 convertible comes with 16- by 7-inch wheels with T-rated P215/65R-16 all-season tires.


Mustang is the very symbol of American muscle, and the 2005 Mustang convertible is no exception.

The base engine is a 4.0-liter SOHC V-6. Producing 210 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque, it is more powerful than the 260-cubic-inch displacement V-8 that was an option when Mustang was first introduced.

For those who want something more, the V-8-powered GT convertible boasts the same 300-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 as its coupe counterpart. The GT's new three-valve V-8 has variable cam timing and thus generates 40 more horsepower than the previous-generation Mustang GT V-8. Automotive historians also will note that this new 281-cubic-inch engine produces 50 percent more power with less displacement than the legendary small-block 289 V-8 of 1964.


For the first time, the Mustang convertible is available with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The 5R55S automatic is optional with either the base V-6 or the GT's V-8 and has closely spaced gears to keep the engine running in the sweet part of its power band. This assists acceleration as well as fuel efficiency.

Standard on both V-8 and V-6 models of the 2005 Mustang convertible, is a Tremec 5-speed manual.


While the agility and acceleration of the 2005 Mustang convertible can help a driver avoid an accident, not all bad situations can be escaped. That's the point at which passive safety systems take over.

Here again a smartly structured body comes into play. The rigid core of the 2005 Mustang convertible creates a safety cage that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact. The front of the car is designed to help channel the violent energy of a collision away from vehicle occupants.

The Ford Personal Safety System is also there to serve with dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags as well as safety belt pretensioners and energy management retractors. Side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger are optional.

And to help you keep a Mustang convertible in your stable, an optional active anti-theft package provides increased levels of protection, including a separate alarm sounder, new anti-tow sensor, ultrasonic interior motion sensor, perimeter anti-theft protection and even a high-capacity battery to keep sounding the alarm longer.


With the 2005 model year, Mustang has moved to a new plant from its long-time home at the Dearborn Assembly Plant at the Ford Rouge Complex. All Mustangs are now made at the AutoAlliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The 2005 Mustang convertible will go on sale in the spring.

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Mustang ragtop to debut in (usually) sunny California

Deluge aside, bright days are forecast for the sports car icon


LOS ANGELES -- California seemed the obvious locale to introduce the Ford Mustang convertible. It's the biggest market for the drop-top, and it never rains -- or almost never.

Instead, as Ford Motor Co. officials prepared Tuesday for today's unveiling of the Mustang convertible at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, torrential rains pounded the California coast, but they didn't dampen the enthusiasm of Ford executives for another version of the red-hot Mustang.

"The Mustang isn't the Mustang if there isn't a convertible," said Barbara Samardzich, Ford executive director in charge of the Mustang, among several vehicle lines. A convertible has always been a part of Mustang's 40-year history.

Sales for the Mustang, redesigned in a style reminiscent of late 1960s classics, were up 9 percent in December from the year before. Retail sales for the month were 60 percent higher than a year ago. In fact, it was the best December for Mustang since 1979, Ford said. Inventory for the hardtop Mustang is scant; they are sold as soon as they arrive at dealerships, Samardzich said.

Already the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, which produces all Mustang models as well as the Mazda6, is running at capacity, though incremental increases in production could be in the future if Mustang demand continues, Samardzich said.

On sale in spring, the convertible represents about 30 percent, or about 40,000 units, of Mustang annual sales, with California and Florida being the largest markets. Like the coupe, the convertible will be offered as the V6 base model, priced at $24,495, and the V8-powered GT, at $29,995. Both offer five-speed manual and automatic transmissions.

Meantime, yet another version of the Mustang, the Cobra, is in the works from Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT), Hau Thai-Tang, the former Mustang chief engineer, confirmed. He was promoted to director of SVT and advanced product creation late last year, replacing the retiring John Colletti.

Despite having no products to sell, SVT is very much alive, as is performance at Ford, Thai-Tang said. He describes SVT "as the North American performance derivative engineering team" that could engineer performance versions of Lincoln and Mercury vehicles as well as Fords in the future.

Ford has been criticized of late for seemingly underpowered vehicle offerings, including the Five Hundred and Freestyle. Thai-Tang said his group looks not only at horsepower but horsepower in relation to weight, a particularly difficult challenge with the addition of features and safety equipment.

Thai-Tang said the Mustang is a good example of how Ford intends to proceed through smarter engineering of basic architectures that weigh less so horsepower can be appreciated and performance derivatives can spring forth.

He points out that the Mustang coupe is 30-percent stiffer than the one it replaces; the convertible is 100-percent stiffer. A stiffer chassis helps reduce noise and improves ride and handling. While it is stiffer and larger and has more features, including available side air bags, the Mustang convertible gained only 70 pounds over its predecessor.

In addition to the improved basic architecture of the Mustang, the convertible version has a completely new top that folds more neatly for a cleaner look and has a hefty sealing system to keep out wind noise and water -- a good thing for rain-drenched Californians.

My first car was a 67 Mustang Coupe, 2nd one was a 67 Cougar XR-7, 3rd one was a 66 Mustang Coupe. Why did I get rid of these cars for ? I know why, because I'm stupid, stupid, stupid.

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