Already riding a high from consumer excitement surrounding their 2015 Mustang GT with the 5.0L V8 – Ford has announced several enhancements for the 2016 model including one of my iconic favorites from the 1967 Mustang – turn signal indicators located in hood vents that will be standard on the 2016 Ford Mustang GT
Many of us (yes, we a 1968 fastback so equipped) have long lamented the demise of the hood vent-integrated turn signals, so bringing back that popular heritage feature is sure to please the Mustang community. First offered on the 1967 Mustang, the distinctive secondary turn signal indicators in the hood vents were an instantly recognizable feature that would become an iconic piece of pony car DNA.
2016 Convertible GT gets Performance Package
While driving the new 2015 Mustang GT 5.0L fastback recently, we were asked several times if the Performance Package was available for the convertible. Sadly no, but for 2016 the answer is a resounding yes. The 2016 Mustang GT convertible, equipped with manual transmission, will offer the Performance Package that includes a host of features and functionality that will make it competitive on both road and track.
The Performance Package includes GT level chassis tuning, with strut tower brace and K-brace, a larger radiator, revised suspension with upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs, six-piston Brembo front brake calipers, 19×9-inch front, 19×9.5-inch rear ebony-painted aluminum wheels with summer tires, GT level stability control, ABS and electric power-assisted steering, a Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio, engine-turned aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges and the more aggressive front splitter.
GT Black Accent Package Added
For 2016, the Mustang GT will offer a Black Accent Package for both Fastback and convertible Mustang models. The package will be highlighted with distinctive 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, a black decklid spoiler and dark tail lamp trim, plus 5.0 and pony logos in black.
California Special Returns
For those remembering the Mustang California specials, the Mustang GT Premium will offer a California Special Package that includes 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels, ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logo, unique door panel inserts and premium carpet featuring red contrast stitching, and an aluminum dashboard finish with California Special badge.
It will also come with hood and side stripes, black pedestal spoiler, faux gas cap, strut tower brace with unique California Special badging, dark tail lamp accents, black-painted mirrors, hood vents, a performance front splitter and finish with a unique grille with tri-bar pony logo
Mustang EcoBoost Pony get fresh look
The 2016 Mustang Premium equipped with the EcoBoost power plant, gets a fresh look for its Pony Package. The updated Pony Package will include unique 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, the tri-bar pony logo on the grille, side stripe and chrome window surrounds.
Both the EcoBoost and GT will also offer over-the-top racing stripes direct from the factory. Offered in black or silver, the stripes are available on most color and trim packages. A painted black roof option is will also be available for the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang and Mustang GT.
Next Gen SYNC 3 Available
2016 Mustangs equipped with the Premium Package for 2016 will get the next gen Sync 3 with (according to Ford) its faster, more intuitive, easier than ever to use interface, improved voice command and AppLink™ functionality with system software updating via any unlocked Wi-Fi network.
The 2016 Mustang with its new packages and features will be arriving in dealerships this fall. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
(Read our review of the 2015 Mustang GT Premium for more detail on the GT)