Ford has brought the new 2015 Mustang GT and Convertible to this year's NAIAS event in Detroit.
The sixth generation of the pony car is being showcased in the metal at the North American International Auto Show where visitors can take a closer look at the Convertible which looks virtually the same as the coupe – from which it borrows the three engines - with the exception of the multi-layer cloth top providing extra insulation for a quieter cabin. The Blue Oval company says the top can now be lowered twice as fast compared to its predecessor.
Ford is also exhibiting the range-topping Mustang GT with its V8 5.0-liter engine delivering more than 420 bhp (313 kW) and a maximum torque of 390 lb-ft (528 Nm). The GT variant comes equipped as standard with launch control system that according to Ford provides "smooth, consistent starts every time."
The lesser versions get a V6 3.7-liter unit with 300 bhp (223 kW) and 270 lb-ft (365 Nm) or a 4-cylinder 2.3-liter EcoBoost rated at 305+ bhp (227+ kW) and 300 lb-ft (406 Nm). All engines will be mated to updated manual and automatic transmissions, with the latter coming with steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.
Both the coupe and convertible benefit from a new integral-link independent rear suspension and a newly developed stability control system. Thanks to these changes, the 2015 Mustang offers improved handling as well as a diminished unsprung mass.
The interior cabin adopts an aviation-derived cockpit with more premium materials and switchgear. It also has received the latest technological gizmos like MyFord Touch, SYNC AppLink, Intelligent Access, Shaker Pro sound system and MyColor gauges.
The 2015 Ford Mustang lineup is programmed to go on sale towards the end of the year.