2015 Ford Mustang Convertible Begins Shipping To Dealers
It’s been about two months since the 2015 Ford Mustang fastback began arriving in U.S. dealerships, and the Blue Oval has just announced that the convertible model is on its way to nationwide showrooms as well.
"Cold weather may have come unseasonably early this year, but with available heated seats, remote start and selectable drive modes with a snow/wet setting, Mustang is the perfect offering for the season," said Melanie Banker, Mustang brand manager. Well, I can’t say I disagree, but those features won’t help too much when driving with the top down during the cold season. Nevertheless, this is great news for those looking to grab a drop-top version of the redesigned pony car before Christmas.
Much like the fastback version, the convertible can be ordered with any of the three available engines. The base model comes with the familiar 3.7-liter V-6, now rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Then there’s the EcoBoost trim, which employs a turbo, 2.3-liter four-banger that makes 310 ponies and 320 pound-feet. Lastly, the GT boasts the tried-and-true, 5.0-liter, Coyote V-8 with 435 horses and pound-feet of twist at its disposal. Unlike the fastback, both the EcoBoost and GT trims can only be had in Premium guise with the convertible model.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible.
Why it matters
Launching a convertible during cold season isn’t the brightest idea, but it seems Ford didn’t want to create a too big of a gap between the fastback and the drop-top models. Sales might be slow at first, but things will likely pick up once winter is over and the fabric roof can be folded for that infinite headroom most drivers enjoy. With the Convertible already in dealerships and the GT350 having been introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, it seems the redesigned Mustang will get a full lineup in terms of body styles and performance by mid-2015.
Although it may seem just a fastback with its roof chopped off, the Mustang Convertible was actually designed and engineered on its own, meaning it features a range of subtle difference compared to its coupe sibling. The drop-top boasts a slightly raised muscle line on the rear haunches and a recontoured trunklid. Discreet styling modifications aside, the Mustang Convertible also features a full fabric outer layer for the roof and a full inner headliner, as well as a thicker insulation pad that helps reduce cabin noise when the soft-top is up.
Additionally, the electromechanical drive system used to lower and raise the fabric roof is twice as fast compared to the one fitted on the previous model and much quieter. Thanks to the high-strength and ultra-high-strength steels used in it, the Mustang Convertible is also 13-percent stiffer for a more refined ride quality and improved handling.
Pricing for the base Mustang Convertible V6 begins from 29,100, while the EcoBoost Premium model retails from $34,670. Customers looking to buy the V-8-powered GT Premium version need to fork at least $41,600.