The fifth generation Mustang has been with us for quite some time now, since 2004 in fact and although eight years have passed since it debuted at the North American International Auto Show, Ford is pretty much doing their best to keep this model alive and kicking and as a result, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT was born. Let’s take a closer look and see whether or not the latest model is up to date with the current automotive market.
Under the bonnet beats the heart of a 5.0 liter V8 engine, which is able to deliver 420 horsepower. According to Ford engineers, the engine in the 2013 Mustang GT is based on what they’ve learned whilst developing the 444 horsepower found in the Mustang Boss 302.
The 5.0 liter V8 is coupled with either a manual gearbox, or a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission which interestingly enough, offers the driver to choose between fully automatic or manual control via a selector button mounted on the side of the shifter, which in itself has been redesigned for a more modern look. One thing to point out is that the SelectShift feature will not have an override shift while in manual, instead it will give 100% manual control to the driver.
The manual variant of the Ford Mustang GT offers the GT Track Package as an option, a package that includes an engine cooler, performance friction brake pads, an upgraded radiator and the same Torsen differential that is to be found on the Mustang Boos 302. The Brembo Brake Package is included in the GT Track Package, but it’s also available as an optional extra for the automatic variant. The package itself contains a couple of 14 inch vented front discs and an exclusive set of 19 inch wheels featuring summer performance tires.
Other additions include Hill Start Assist which in my opinion is not actually needed on a Mustang GT, and a selectable steering offering three settings, Standard, Comfort and Sport.
The exterior of the car has also been improved upon in order to make the 2013 Mustang GT look more aggressive. A more prominent grille and splitter have been fitted, functional heat extractors have been mounted on the hood, the mirrors have been reshaped and HID headlamps as well as LED taillamps have been added for a more up-to-date look.
The interior of the 2013 Ford Mustang GT has been refined, soft touch materials are now covering most of the inside panels and overall, higher quality materials have been used to make the interior of the 2013 model a more pleasant place to be in. In addition a 4.2 inch screen has been fitted between the speedo and tachometer, displaying Track Apps, G-force feedback, braking distances and other car vitals.
As for its pricing, the 2013 Ford Mustang GT has a base price of $31,095.