The 2012 Mustang line delivers more features and more refinement than any so-called pony car line-up before, not to mention a whole lot of performance per dollar. The Mustang V6 makes comfortable transportation with an emotionally appealing look, a muscular feel and excellent fuel economy for under $25,000. For about $30,000, the V8-powered GT is faster, quieter and more comfortable than any of its celebrated predecessors. The new Boss 302 will appeal to enthusiast drivers who love track days. The Shelby GT500 is expensive as Mustang's go, but it's the least expensive 550-hp high-performance machine on the market.
J.P. Vettraino reported from Detroit, with Jim McCraw and Kirk Bell reporting from Los Angeles.
Model Line Overview
Ford Mustang coupe ($22,310), convertible ($27,310); Mustang GT coupe ($29,310), GT convertible ($34,310); Boss 302 ($40,310); Shelby GT500 coupe ($48,810), GT500 convertible ($53,810)
front-impact airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full cabin head-protection curtains, post-crash alert system, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), tire-pressure monitor
Safety equipment (optional):
Reverse-sensing system ($595); High-intensity Discharge headlights ($920)
3 years/36,000 miles
Flat Rock, Michigan
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Ford Mustang Boss 302 ($40,310)
four-way manually adjusted front seats with cloth upholstery, Alcantara inserts and embroidered Boss logos, AM-FM audio with single CD and auxiliary jack, air conditioning, Alcantara-wrapped tilt steering wheel, cruise control, power mirrors, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, compass, outside-temperature indicator, theft-deterrent system, limited-slip differential with carbon-fiber clutch plates, manually adjustable struts and shocks, 14-inch front brake rotors with four-piston Brembo calipers, charcoal-painted 19-inch aluminum wheels with Pirelli summer performance tires
Options as tested (MSRP):
Recaro Sport seats with Torsen helical differential ($1,995)
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
5.0-liter dual overhead cam 32-valve V8
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
444 @ 7500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
380 @ 4250
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
13.4 cu. ft.
independent MacPherson strut with stabilizer bar and manually adjustable damping
solid axle with coil springs, Panhard rod, stabilizer bar and manually adjustable shock absorbers
vented disc with four-rotor calipers/vented disc, ABS
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 01, 2011.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
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