There are so many different directions you can go with this configurator

The 2019 Ford Mustang’s online configurator is like a candy store for fans of the muscle car. It comes with a wealth of customization choices that made the whole process of creating our own version an exercise in patience and perseverance. But I got my way through it, largely because the whole thing was fun and exciting. It didn’t feel like work as much as it felt like seeing my creation come to life, at least in the virtual world. Even better, the Mustang is actually affordable for regular folks like us, so who knows, someone here might end up going home with a real one.

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The fastback or the convertible? That’s the first of many choices that you’re going to have to make once you start the configuring your own 2019 Ford Mustang. I opted for the fastback version because I don’t want to be bothered with soft-top roofs. But that’s just me. Once that choice was made, I moved on to pick the version of the Mustang I wanted. Another easy choice for yours truly. Ride or die with the 2019 Mustang GT premium, baby!

2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost® Fastback $25,845
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Fastback $30,860
2019 Ford Mustang GT Fastback $35,355
2019 Ford Mustang GT Premium Fastback $39,355
2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt $46,595
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost® Convertible $31,345
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost® Premium Convertible $36,360
2019 Ford Mustang GT Premium Convertible $44,855

With those items settled, the next task was choosing the color of my virtual Mustang. There are 10 different colors to choose from, two of which — Ruby Red and Orange Fury — come with extra costs. I tried to be cheap about it at first, but then I realized I wasn’t exactly paying for what I created. So I chose the Orange Fury paint and the $495 premium that comes with it. I also threw in white racing stripes, which also cost an extra $475. I’ve barely started and I’m almost at $1,000 in additional costs.

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Shadow Black $0
Need for Green $475
Oxford White $0
Velocity Blue $0
Magnetic $0
Race Red $0
Ingot Silver $0
Ruby Red $395
Kona Blue $0
Orange Fury $495
Painted Black Roof $995
Ebony Racing Stripe $475
White Racing Stripe $475

From there, the next point of choosing is the kind of transmission I want to join the 5.0-liter V-8 engine that’s sitting under that Orange Fury hood. Since I want to be fully engaged in the movements of my beloved ‘Stang, I went with the standard six-speed manual gearbox with rev-matching capabilities. With this transmission, I know that whatever I get out of that 460-horsepower and 420-pound-foot engine, I’m getting it out of my own driving abilities.

10-Speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission $1,595
6-speed Manual Transmission with Rev Matching Included

The next and arguably most taxing step is picking among a wealth of packages that Ford has available for its beloved pony car. I started off by getting the 401A package, which includes, among other things, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, and a voice-activated touch-screen navigation system. Say what you will about my color choices, but I want my Mustang to have the best tech features available.

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RECARO® Cloth Sport Seats $1,595
Floor Liners – Premium, Front and Rear $120
Cloth Front Bucket Seats Included
"Silver Arrow" Aluminum Instrument Panel Finish Included
6-Way Power Driver Seat with Power Lumbar Included
Ambient Lighting with MyColor® $2,000
Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control (DEATC) $2,000
Selectable Drive Modes with Toggle switches $2,000
AM/FM Stereo with Six (6) Speakers Included
Nine (9) Speaker Stereo System $2,000
SiriusXM® Radio $2,000
SYNC® 3 $2,000
Voice-Activated Touchscreen Navigation System with SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link® $750

I didn’t care much for most of the exterior packages so I left them alone. I did get the GT Performance Package Level 2 and the dizzying number of items included in it. Among other things, it comes with a set of 19-inch Dark Tarnish painted aluminum wheels, bigger Brembo brakes, a high-performance front splitter, a larger radiator, a MagneRide Dampening system, a strut tower brace, a TORSEN Differential with 3.73 axle ratio, and plenty of safety tech. It figures that I’m getting a lot out of the package because the whole thing costs $6,500. In addition to the top-spec Performance Package, I also added the Ford Safe and Smart Package and all the goodies that come with it, including a carbon fiber instrument panel, a carbon fiber shift knob, and door and seat inserts dressed in Alcantara. That’s an extra $1,000 in my bill, but that’s cool.

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Black Accent Package $995
Enhanced Security Package $395
GT Performance Package $3,995
Performance Package – Level 2 $6,500
Ford Safe & Smart™ Package $1,000
18-Inch Machined-Face Aluminum with High-Gloss Ebony Black-Painted Pockets Wheels $995
18-Inch Machined-Face Aluminum with Low-Gloss Ebony Black-Painted Pockets Wheels $295
19-Inch x 10.5-Inch (F)/19-Inch x 11-Inch (R) Dark Tarnish Painted Aluminum Wheels $7,500
19-Inch x 9-Inch (F) 19-Inch x 9.5-Inch (R) Ebony Black-Painted Aluminum Wheels $3,000
19-Inch x 9-Inch (F)/19-Inch x 9.5-Inch (R) Luster Nickel-Painted Forged Aluminum Wheels $795
Active Valve Performance Exhaust $895
Engine Block Heater $100
MagneRide™ Damping System $1,695
Mini Spare Wheel and Tire $405

The rest of my time in the configurator included choosing a few aero components and dressing up the interior of my car. I didn’t actually do too much on these fronts because the earlier packages I chose already covered most of what I needed. I will advise you to be careful about trying to be too creative when you start configuring your own Mustangs. One choice often leads to more choices and before you know it, you’ve created a jambalaya of a Mustang that makes no sense. Be careful, have fun, and enjoy it for what it’s supposed to be. My custom Mustang ended up with a price tag of $50,770. It’s not too bad considering all the items I was able to add. All that’s left at this point is to see if I actually have enough money to buy the real deal.

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