The 2011 Ford Mustang convertible features a new high-performance, all-aluminum Duratec 3.7-liter DOHC Ti-VCT V-6 that delivers 305 horsepower.
Six-speed transmissions — manual and automatic — combine with newly standard limited-slip differential and revised suspension for road-carving driving dynamics and handling. New technology and convenience features include: Standard integrated spotter mirrors; message center; programmable vehicle key; and Universal Garage Door Opener.
Drivers who prefer a manual gearbox will enjoy the short throws and direct feel of the shifter along with the relaxed cruising permitted by the extra top gear ratio. Customers choosing the automatic will be pleasantly surprised to find the advanced six-speed 6R60 transmission does not sacrifice fuel economy — or performance. The automatic transmission also features a grade-assist or “hill mode” to improve drivability on hilly terrain.
Aerodynamic improvements such as a new front fascia, tire spats on the rear wheels, modified underbody shields, a taller air dam and an added rear decklid help handling and driving dynamics. Engineers also adjusted the vehicle’s front/rear lift balance. The result is a car that tracks more securely and feels more planted to the road surface at higher speeds.
The Mustang’s considerable body stiffness contributes to the convertible’s driving performance and has a parallel benefit in accident protection. The convertible’s body structure is more than twice as stiff as the previous model — creating a structure that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion in an impact.
Base model estimated mpg: 19/30
Estimated starting price: $27,145
Compiled by Motor Matters