The Ford Mustang needs no introduction. The name itself is synonymous with sheer thrill, deep rumble, and American pride. The Mustang has a rich history that goes all the way back to 1964 when it was unveiled before the world. This famous pony car has since then undergone several transformations and maintained its appeal over time.
One particular factor behind its fame is its ability to cater to the needs of various segments of enthusiasts thanks to a healthy number of variants offered by Ford. Picking the right one can be a baffling task for many, this article goes through each of the important aspects and details of every variant to help you make an informed decision.
The Shelby GT500 is the priciest version of the Mustang, which is an understandable fact as the top-of-the-line Shelby-tuned version is armed to the teeth whether it be mechanical components or flashy electronic features that are now a hallmark of any modern performance-oriented car.
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The supercharged V8 unleashes a mammoth 760-hp when pushed to its limit, which is all transferred to the rear wheels via a specially engineered 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which helps the GT500 reach a ultra quick 0-60 time of just 3.6 seconds and a 11.4-second quarter-mile at 132 mph (data courtesy of Car & Driver). All of the GT500 driving thrills will come at a price north of $70,000.
The Shelby GT500 becomes a full-fledged track car when equipped with an optional Carbon Fiber Track Pack. It adds the GT4 spec rear wing, carbon-fiber wheels, dashboard, and deletes the rear seats. The use of composite material makes the Shelby GT500 nimbler along the corners giving it a more connected feeling. Other optional extras include a GT500 technology package, handling package, and a painted black roof.
Ford Mustang Mach 1:
The Mustang Mach 1 was just resurrected last year and is a tribute to the golden era of pony cars, especially the Mustang. The tributary muscle car, though road legal, has been extensively tuned to go well with the dynamics of a track.
The optional Mach 1 Handling Package injects steroids into an already capable Stang and lets you navigate through tricky corners quite easily. Powering the Mach 1 is the mighty 5.0L eight-pot powerplant that unleashes 480 horses at 7000 rpm. Making the car a perfect package for a petrolhead is a 6-speed manual transmission with rev-matching that provides the most connected feel a performance-oriented car can provide. Though, you can also opt for a 10-speed automatic transmission at a slightly higher cost.
The Mustang Mach 1 can also be availed with two optional packages. One is the Premium package and the other is the Elite package. Both these packages offer some additional extras such as an optional color, heated & cooled seats, leather Recaro seats, and ambient lighting.
The Mustang GT is the most affordable V8 version you can buy. It essentially is a trimmed-down version of the Mach 1 and not only does it come with America’s favorite 5.0L V8 engine, but it is also available both in fastback and convertible configuration.
The V8 in the GT version is tuned to produce slightly less power (460-hp) than the Mach 1 but the GT Performance package makes up for the slight decrease in performance by offering an endless list of features. The majority of the features are performance-oriented which is a good thing as they’ll let you get the most out of your Stang.
Overall, the simple GT version is the best choice for people who want a Ford V8 pony car that has excellent performance yet won’t break the bank. The 2021 Ford Mustang GT starts at $36,285.
Ford Mustang EcoBoost:
The EcoBoost version might not sound like a 5.0L V8 Mustang, nonetheless, the punch it packs inside makes it a potent muscle car. The small 2.3L four-cylinder engine infused with the EcoBoost technology generates 330 horses at its maximum (with optional high performance package) and at the same time helps in returning an excellent fuel economy of 25mpg (city & highway combined). A 25 mpg average is nothing to brag about, but for a Mustang it is a remarkable feat that deserves applause.
As standard, the Mustang EcoBoost comes with a six-speed manual transmission, though a 10-speed automatic transmission is an optional extra. Plus if you go for the optional active exhaust package, this 4-cylinder mustang actually sounds quite good. It’s not in the same category of a 5.0L V8 but does have a nice strong rubble similar to that of a tuner car.
Ford has managed to make even the entry-level Stang exciting by offering it in both Fastback & convertible configurations. The Premium version(+$5000) and some optional extras add more flavor and make this version an attractive option for buyers who want to step into the world of American muscle cars on a limited budget all the while saving some serious bucks on gas refills.