2015 Ford Mustang Convertible

When Ford revealed the Mustang on December 5th, 2014, it took what it has built in recent years and did the impossible: make it better. The new, European styling is not as over-the-top as I feared it may be and it only added to the model’s outstanding legacy.

Well, now we all get to drool over the topless version, which is sure to ruin the lives of toupee wearers around the globe.

The details are still not complete on the 2015 Mustang Convertible, much like its coupe brother, but we are able to piece things together using the details from the coupe, the limited information on the convertible and the few image that Ford released.

One thing is for sure; Ford did a good job in designing the convertible Mustang separate from the coupe, giving them distinct appearances that reminds me of the Fox Body years.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible and let me know what you think of it in the comments.

Exterior

Ford Mustang Convertible
Ford Mustang Convertible
Ford Mustang Convertible

Ford actually developed the coupe and convertible versions separately from the ground up. This leads to some distinct design differences between the two.

So often convertible versions of cars involve little more than hacking off the top and making the necessary modifications to fit the soft top. The 2015 Mustang, however, is not your normal convertible. Ford actually developed the coupe and convertible versions separately from the ground up. This leads to some distinct design differences between the two.

Ford straightened and lifted the rear body lines on the haunches and restyled the trunk lid to give the convertible `Stang a more straight-line look.For those who remember the 1980s, these differences hark back to the differences between the Fox Body Mustang hatchback and convertible models. Like the Fox Body models, fastback and convertible models have the same front ends.

As for the soft-top roof, Ford says that it’ll be a full-fabric unit atop a five-bow frame. Between the fabric outside and full headliner inside is a 10-mm (0.39-inch) insulation pad to keep the chill out in the winter and keep the cabin nice and quiet. When you drop the top, it rests 6.7 inches lower than last year’s model at its highest point, meaning it looks sleeker and reduces drag.

Speaking of dropping the top, this process is now streamlined with a single, center-mounted latch that unlocks quickly. Then at the press of a button, the top folds down in about half the time of last year’s model — talk about a win-win.

2015 Mustang Convertible vs Coupe

Ford Mustang Convertible

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible - Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase107.1 inches
Length188.3 inches
Width75.4 inches
Height54.4 inches

Interior

Ford Mustang

Ford didn’t dive too far into the 2015 Mustang Convertible’s interior, but we assume it’ll get the same aviation-inspired look and feature the retro steering wheel. What’s more, the independent suspension will help widen out the rear seats, which is always a problem area in convertibles.

One other big interior improvement that owes a lot to the revised rear suspension is the truck capacity. The 2015 Mustang Convertible’s trunk is 19 percent larger than last year’s model, giving it 11.4 cubic feet of space.

Drivetrain

Ford Mustang Convertible

Like the interior, Ford failed to reveal anything about the drivetrain that the 2015 Mustang Convertible will use. I think it’s safe to assume that

Under its skin, the 2015 Mustang Convertible will get the same, new independent suspension as the coupe variant.

it’ll have the same trio of engines as the coupe version. This means that the base Mustang Convertible will come with a 3.7-liter V-6 that pushes out more than 300 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of twist; the EcoBoost model will feature a 2.3-liter four-cylinder with more than 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet; and the GT model will carry a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for more than 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet.

The Mustang Convertible will also likely inherit the upgraded Getrag manual transmission and optional automatic transmission with paddle shifters from the coupe model.

Model Base EcoBoost GT
Type 3.7-Liter V-62.3-Liter I-4 Turbocharged5.0-Liter V-8
Horsepower >300>305>420
Torque (LB-FT)>270>300>390

Suspension

Ford Mustang Convertible

Under its skin, the 2015 Mustang Convertible will get the same, new independent suspension as the coupe variant. In addition to the more refined suspension, the convertible’s body is 13 percent more rigid than the outgoing model, thanks to high-strength steel, helping increase its handling credentials even more.

Prices

Ford Mustang Convertible

Prices are not yet available, but we should learn them in the upcoming months.

2015 Ford Mustang Convertible — Pricing

Trim Base EcoBoost GT
MSRP$TBA$TBA$TBA

Competition

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

The Camaro Convertible is a prime example of simply hacking off the top and making the necessary adjustments to make it all work. And like most convertibles that are made in this manner, the Camaro loses a little something with the top up.

Under its hood, the Camaro has a 3.6-liter V-6 powering its base model with 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. In the SS version, the Camaro convertible gets a 6.2-liter V-8 with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Nissan 370Z Roadster

Sure, you lose a pair of seats, but who really uses the rear seats in a Mustang anyways? The 370Z comes packing a 3.7-liter V-6 that wallops tarmac with 332 ponies and 270 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get it to 60 mph in just 5.5 seconds, which can easily hang with the V-6-powered Mustang Convertible, but not the GT.

The 370Z does, however, look just right with a soft-top, so it will give the Mustang a run for its money in looks. Plus, the Z is a monster in the corners, so I suspect it’ll outhandle the Mustang any day of the week.

Conclusion

Ford Mustang Convertible

We all knew that a convertible Mustang was coming in 2015, and we even saw it shortly after the coupe model debuted. Ford did, however, cover its tracks on the convertible model until its reveal recently. I am sure there will be an even grander reveal in the coming months, but at least we got a few more details on it.

LOVE IT
  • Not just a topless coupe
  • All the power of the coupe, minus the top
  • Still digging that sexy new body
LEAVE IT
  • Why did Ford wait so long to reveal it (officially)?
  • No powertrain details

Press Release

Designed from the wheels up to deliver maximum droptop enjoyment, the all-new Ford Mustang convertible is a fantastic way to escape the daily grind of life and hit the open road. With its distinct style and a completely redesigned top system, drivers can enjoy the shining sun or sparkling stars quicker with all of the performance and character expected of Mustang.

Ford Mustang Convertible

"Convertible tops and iconic sports cars like Mustang have always been a great pairing," said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. "This is the best convertible we’ve ever built with a one-of-a-kind design that is instantly recognizable as Mustang and an outstanding all-around driving experience."

Creating the new Mustang convertible involved far more than just slicing the top off the fastback. The two cars were designed and engineered from the ground up, incorporating an array of visually subtle, but important, changes to make sure each stood on its own while meeting increased standards of quality, performance and refinement.

"From the start, we committed to giving Mustang convertible a unique look from the fastback with the clean, cohesive design it deserved ," said Joel Piaskowski, exterior design director.

"From the raised and straightened muscle line on the rear haunches to the recontoured trunklid, the new Mustang convertible has a more linear quality whether the top is up or down, giving the car its own distinct presence on the road."

For the first time on Mustang, every convertible roof gets a full fabric outer layer for the roof plus a full inner headliner to enclose the five-bow structure. Sandwiched in between these layers is a full 10-millimeter thick insulation pad that makes the convertible nearly as quiet inside with the top up as the fastback.

Ford Mustang Convertible

"A great deal of effort went into details such as the shape of the rear quarter windows so that they could drop completely out of sight when the top is down," said Piaskowski. "The top system was carefully refined to prevent unsightly folds or ’ears’ at the rear corners of the roof when it’s up."

Lowering the roof is easier than ever. A new center-mounted single latch offers quick one-handed operation right from the driver’s seat. The new electromechanical drive system raises or lowers the roof in half the time required previously with just a press of a button on the center console. The electric drive system is also much quieter than the previous electro-hydraulic design.

"When you’re sitting in the driveway or at a traffic light and you decide you want to enjoy some sunshine, you shouldn’t have to wait around for the top to lower," said Pericak. "Our team worked to engineer a retractable roof that gets out of the way or closes up quickly and quietly."

Ford Mustang Convertible

The combination of a more compact mechanism and lower beltline for the new Mustang means the Z-fold roof is flatter and tucked further out of the way than before. The highest point of the folded stack is now 6.7 inches lower than the outgoing Mustang, contributing to the sleeker and more sophisticated looking profile and better rear visibility for the driver.

A well-engineered top and dramatically upgraded cabin are just part of making a great convertible sports car. Like the fastback, Mustang convertible features significantly increased use of high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels throughout the body structure.

Torsional stiffness of the convertible body has been increased by 13 percent to produce a more stable platform to better take advantage of the new fully independent suspension. The result is more refined ride quality over any road surface and significantly improved handling when pressed into the curves.

Ford Mustang Convertible

Mustang convertible inspires drivers to put the top down and hit the road, so having usable cargo space is a big plus. The more compact roof and flat load floor enabled by the new suspension boost trunk volume by 19 percent to a class-leading 11.4 cubic feet, big enough to swallow two large golf bags, even with the available premium audio subwoofer. The lower liftover height also makes it easier load up the trunk.

For 50 years, Mustang has combined sports-car performance with the ability to bring some friends along for the ride, and the new convertible makes this even easier. The wider rear of the new Mustang and the new top design contribute to more shoulder and hip room for rear-seat passengers.


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