Mustang’s distinctive ‘voice’ roars with distinctive power

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2017 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Premium
• Performance coupe, RWD
• 5.0L TI-VCT V8 Engine
• 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shift & drive modes
• It’s a red convertible Mustang
• Seriously, did you look at the line above this one?
• Alright, if you need features, then it has a Shaker Pro Audio system with 12 speakers
• Dual-zone climate control
• Pony projection lamps (seriously projects the Mustang image on the ground)
• 5 Year/60k Powertrain Limited Warranty & Roadside Assistance. 3 Year/36k Bumper to Bumper
• 18 mpg (15/23 city/hwy)
MSRP: Around $49.4k, pictured

As always, check with dealer for details

Moving into a new era is always a little bit bittersweet. It’s been over 50 years since the nameplate Mustang first blessed America’s roadways; 30-plus years since a young me fell in love with a classic green Mustang at a car show, and ten years or so since I first test-drove one. Ever since that first turn of the key to hear that engine growl to life, it’s been a pleasure uniquely vehicular to hear the throaty rumble of the exhaust system in the sporty models. What era are we moving into exactly?  I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I realized after driving it that I missed that turning key.
Of course, like most modern cars, it roars to life with the push of a button. It still has that wonderful sound, the roar followed by that continuous little catch in the exhaust that I explained to someone as ‘a vehicular Kathleen Turner’ .... Mmmm.
Randal Farabee, sales manager at Western Slope Ford, told me that in an upcoming model of the Mustang, the option will be available for a ‘quiet time,’ which will damper the roar when you start it during hours that you choose, so you can avoid waking neighbors or (more importantly) neighbor’s dogs.
Putting the pedal down still brings it to life, particularly on the 435 horsepower 5.0 liter V8 I drove from Western Slope Ford, but that little motion of the wrist just made me nostalgic.
While the modern world catches up to me in one way, the truth is that the 2017 Ford Mustang has plenty that makes up for that one moment.  Technology rolls through the car to bring the fun.
First of all, the incredibly easy convertible system is worth noting.  I’ve lived through many eras and different kinds of convertibles, from ones you literally removed from the vehicle to manual tops that you had to wrestle into the storage compartment, to later, easier versions that still had numerous switches and latches. The Mustang had a single lever to unlatch and then a button press that rolled the windows down and stored the top in the rear compartment.
With four driving modes, you can make of the Mustang what you want, from Normal to Sport to Track to Ice/Snow.  All the modes adjust the vehicle, from the sensitivity of the engine to the suspension, to provide the optimal control for the kind of driving that you need to do.  I could watch the RPM needle slip up the gauge when I upped the selections to Sport, then Track, even while driving steadily.
Track mode loads more fun in with a Track ‘app’ on the driver’s information screen. Track your 0-60s, stops, g-forces and more. All I know is that my Track acceleration shifting skills need some work…
This is a vehicle that wants to move. At ‘polite’ speeds it feels like it wants to go fast, like a grumbling teenager forced to sit in one place at a Barry Manilow concert. Sure you can keep pace with a casual toe-press, but it lets out as you push it down.
The cabin was cool, combining retro-design elements like the three-duct air system on the center column and toggle-style switches for the steering and driving modes with Ford’s attractive touchscreen, clean driver info screens and a booming 12-speaker Shaker Pro Audio System.
It was cooler when the top was up, though… too much sun for this indoor boy.
It’s a red convertible Mustang, what are you waiting for? Check it out now at Western Slope Ford, west of Mesa Mall.

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