Ford Mustang GT Convertible

The 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible was designed from the ground up to deliver a more rigid body structure without adding burdensome weight. This was accomplished by engineering it in tandem with the Ford Mustang coupe. An added benefit of this process - one that helped meet a goal set for the convertible's exterior design - was that it provided the car with a cohesive, integrated look. It does not look like a coupe that has undergone reconstructive surgery to become a convertible.

The fabric top also seals better than did those of previous models and it affords superior rearward visibility. Looking for new and better ways to do things, Ford engineers designed a z-fold top that gives the Ford Mustang Convertible a finished appearance with the top down.

Aside from the top, the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible shares the look of a legend with its coupe sibling. The signature long hood, short deck and classic design cues may be found on both. There's an unmistakable hint of Mustang notchbacks of yesteryear in the convertible's profile and stance - with the same athletic proportions, save for today's bigger, wider wheels and tires, that make it look as good at rest as it does at speed. Design influences of the 2003 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Concept are clearly visible.

2005 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Front Angle

Five Speeds, Two Choices

For the first time, the Ford Mustang Convertible is available with a five-speed automatic transmission. The 5R55S automatic is optional with either the base V6 or the V8 Ford Mustang GT Convertible and has closely spaced gears to keep the engine running in its power band. This assists acceleration as well as fuel efficiency.

Standard on both V8 Ford Mustang GT Convertible and the V6 Ford Mustang Convertible, is a Tremec five-speed manual.

To Protect and Serve

While the agility and acceleration of the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible can help a driver avoid an accident, not all bad situations can be escaped. That's the point at which passive safety systems take over.

Here again a smartly structured body comes into play. The rigid core of the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible creates a safety cage that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact. The front of the car is designed to help channel the violent energy of a collision away from vehicle occupants.

The Ford Personal Safety Systemâ„¢ is also there to serve with dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags as well as safety belt pretensioners and energy management retractors. Side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger are optional.

And to help you keep a Ford Mustang Convertible in your stable, an optional active anti-theft package provides an increased level of protection, including a separate alarm sounder, new anti-tow sensor, ultrasonic interior motion sensor, perimeter anti-theft protection and even a high-capacity battery to keep sounding the alarm longer.

New Home For The Range

With the 2005 model year, Ford Mustang has moved to a new plant from its long-time home at the Dearborn Assembly Plant at the Ford Rouge Complex. All Mustangs are now made at the AutoAlliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible will go on sale in the spring.

2005 Ford Mustang Convertible is the most affordable V6 and V8 drop-top sports car in America - starting at $24,495 for the V-6 model or $29,995 for the V-8 Ford Mustang GT Convertible.

Source: Ford

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