2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible – Review and Road Test
From Top Up to Top Down in 7 Seconds
What may be our final droptop this season arrived in early August: a Ruby Red Metallic 2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.
The completely redesigned 2015 Mustang bears the traditional Mustang profile, albeit with a lower roofline, wider stance, and tri-bar taillights that evoke the original ’64 model much more closely than prior models.
It’s important to remember that Ford singlehandedly created the pony car class with the introduction of the Mustang in 1964. Options included a convertible shortly after launch. Other carmakers were quick to join the pony car party: Chevrolet with the Camaro, Pontiac with the Firebird, AMC with its Javelin, Dodge with the Challenger, and Plymouth with a reworked Barracuda.
The Mustang grew larger and heavier over the years and slowly abandoned its unique styling until the fourth generation model, introduced in 1994, when it revived multiple styling cues from the original and went on a diet. The fifth generation (model year 2005) was more of a return to the original look and the new sixth generation, launched in 2015, continues that trend and does more to recall the legendary 1964 model than any of its predecessors.
While the new Mustang is offered in a variety of colors, the top only comes with the same selection of colors that Henry Ford provided for the Model T: black. Twist the lever, press the open button and the top lowers in seven to ten seconds (depending on whether the engine is on or not), making it faster than any top retraction we’ve seen, and goes back up in nine or 12 seconds. It will only operate at speeds below 3 mph (4.8 km/h).
Ford says that the convertible historically accounts for 18% of all Mustang sales and this comes as no great surprise and may only increase as the cloth top looks better when closed than in prior models.