If you’re shopping muscle cars, then the Ford Mustang is likely on your list. The iconic pony car is the kind of thing people hope to buy when that ever elusive “someday” arrives. It’s powerful and beautiful and incredibly fast. The GT adds even more fun to the mix and, combined with a convertible top and a sunny day, will have you coming up with excuses to simply get out there and drive.
Let’s start with the numbers because anyone buying a Mustang has a healthy interest in knowing exactly how many ponies are under that hood. The GT is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. You have your choice of a 10-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual. Our tester was equipped with the manual transmission, which is incredibly fun. The clutch is stiff without being tiring if you’re driving in stop-and-go traffic and the shifter clicks easily into place so you won’t struggle to snap it into the right gear.
As for the power, it’s exactly as ballsy as you’d expect from a 460-horsepower muscle car. If you want to go, then this car goes and it goes fast. It takes no effort at all to merge into high speed traffic. Your biggest challenge will be easing up on that gas pedal because the power is so aggressive and smooth it’s easy to lose track of the numbers on the speedometer. Pay attention, because losing track of those numbers doesn’t go over well with the local authorities.
The ride is smooth, but it does have some of the typical harshness found in cars with sports-tuned suspensions. Bumps won’t loosen your fillings, but you will feel them just the same, especially on rougher road surfaces. On a smooth highway, however, driving the Mustang GT is nothing short of joyous.
The interior is comfortable, but snug. There’s room for four, but realistically no one is going to want to sit in that back seat. It’ll force awkward seating positions for front passengers and the folks in back will still have their knees smooshed. This is a four-seater in a pinch, but best for two.
Our biggest complaint was the convertible top operation. There’s a recessed handle over your head that flips down and then twists to disengage the roof. Next, press an overhead console button to open the top. Do it all again in reverse order when you want the top up. It works, but the handle release is clunky and awkward.
The 2017 Ford Mustang GT convertible takes all the power and glory of a muscle car and combines it with the fun of a soft-top convertible. A starting price of $42,695 puts it within closer reach than you might think. If the “someday” you’ve been waiting for has finally arrived, lucky you.