It’s been less than a year since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang arrived in U.S. dealerships, and the Blue Oval has already unveiled a few new features for the pony car. Meet the 2016 Mustang, a more customizable take on the redesigned muscle car, and one that revives a couple of classic trim packages, as well as one of the more emblematic features of the first-generation Mustang.

The sixth-gen pony may have been criticized by some fans for its new styling or the lack of the good ol’ live rear axle, but the fact that Ford made sure it carried design cues borrowed from the original Mustang kept the majority happy. For 2016, FoMoCo wants to take things up a notch by reintroducing two visual enhancement packages that were popular in the 1960s.

The update also brings the hood vent-integrated turn signals, also revived after a very long hiatus, as well as a couple of options that debuted on the 2016 Shelby GT350. Ford released a technology update as well, but only for Mustangs equipped with the Premium Package, one of the more expensive factory options. In fact, most new options and packages are only available for the EcoBoost and GT models, a hint that Ford is targeting buyers interested in the more expensive trims rather than the entry-level V-6. Let’s have .

Updated 05/18/2015: A leaked document reveals that prices for the 2016 Mustang remain unchanged. So, when the model will arrive at dealers it will be priced identical to the 2015 model year: starting $23,800 for the coupe and $29,300 for the convertible. (Mustang6g)

Continue reading for a closer look at what the 2016 model year brings to the Mustang.

  • 2016 Ford Mustang
  • Year:
    2016
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    300 @ 6500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    280 @ 4000
  • Displacement:
    3.7 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.5 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    23800
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Exterior changes for the 2016 model year Mustang are mostly limited to new options and packages. The only new features that are offered as standard, but only on the GT trim, are the hood vent-integrated turn signals, first introduced on the first-generation Mustang back in 1967. These turn signals are mounted in the hood vents and are oriented toward the windshield so the driver can see them from behind the steering wheel. Not that it matters, but the Mustang just won bragging rights to a segment-exclusive feature. Now let’s wait and see how Chevrolet doesn’t give a hoot about it.

Exterior changes for the 2016 model year Mustang are mostly limited to new options and packages.

Moving on, Mustang EcoBoost and GT buyers now have access to over-the-top racing stripes (as seen on Shelby GT350 models) in either black or silver. Ford says they are available "on most color and trim packages," but no actual info is given. A black roof option, also taken from the Shelby GT350, is now available on EcoBoost and GT trims.

Along with the hood-vent turn signals, the Pony Package also makes a comeback for 2016. Exclusive to the Mustang EcoBoost Premium (and only for fastback bodies), the Pony Package adds bespoke 19-inch, polished aluminum wheels, a tri-bar pony logo on the front grille, side stripes, and chrome window surrounds.

The Mustang GT also gets its own exclusive bundle, dedicated to customers in need of a stealthier look. Dubbed the Black Accent Package, it enhances GT fastback and convertible models with 19-inch, black-painted alloy wheels, a black decklid spoiler, smoked taillight trim, and 5.0 and pony logos in black.

More goodies come via the iconic California Special Package, also made famous by the first-generation Mustang. It includes 19-inch, ebony-painted, machined aluminum wheels, side and hood stripes, a faux gas cap, smoked taillight accents, black side mirrors and hood vents, a performance front splitter, and a special grille with tri-bar pony logo. The bad news is the California Special package is only available on the Mustang GT Premium trim, which makes sense given the original California Special came as a GT only.

Lastly, the final visual update comes with the newly introduced Performance Package for the GT Convertible, which adds a more aggressive front splitter and deletes the rear spoiler.

Customers will spend a lot more time customizing their Mustangs with so many new options up for grabs.

Interior

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The interior of 2016 Mustang remains unaltered except for the new entertainment system that comes with the Premium Package.

The interior of 2016 Mustang remains unaltered except for the new entertainment system that comes with the Premium Package.

Specifically, Ford equipped the 2016 model year pony selected with the Premium Package with SYNC 3, which is faster, more intuitive, and easier to use than the previous unit. SYNC 3 also features the ability to update system software via any Wi-Fi network, improving functionality.

New features are also available through the California Special Package. When that specific box is checked on the options sheet, the GT Premium’s interior receives ebony leather and Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logos, special door-panel inserts and premium carpet with red stitching, and a bespoke aluminum dashboard finished with a California Special badge.

Customers who add the Performance Package to the Mustang GT convertible get an aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges.

Drivetrain

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As expected given the sixth-generation Mustang is still fresh, the 2016 model continues with identical drivetrains.

That being, base V6 models feature last year’s updated 3.7-liter V-6 engine rated at 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. With this unit under the hood, the pony can hit 60 mph in about six seconds. That’s about as quick as the current base Chevy Camaro with the 3.6-liter V-6 under the hood.

As expected given the sixth-generation Mustang is still fresh, the 2016 model continues with identical drivetrains.

Next up is the turbocharged, 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost, which was introduced as an all-new engine for the 2015 model year. Good for 310 horses and 320 pound-feet of twist, the four-banger can push the Mustang from 0 to 60 mph in as quick as 5.2 seconds with the automatic transmission, or around 5.5 seconds with the manual.

Lastly, there’s the range-topping, 5.0-liter, "Coyote" V-8 that Ford upgraded to 435 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque for the sixth-gen model. In this case, 0-to-60 sprints drop to around 4.5 seconds and quarter-mile times are just under 13 seconds. These figures are comparable to Chevy’s range-topping Camaro SS powered by the 6.2-liter V-8 with 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque.

All three engines can be mated to an updated Getrag, six-speed manual gearbox or the optional, six-speed automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

New for 2016 are the features added by the Performance Package to the Mustang GT Convertible. I’m talking about the same updates previously available on the fastback model, such as chassis tuning with a strut tower brace and K-brace, a larger radiator, revised suspension with heavy-duty front springs, six-piston Brembo front brake calipers, a Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio, and tuning for stability control, ABS and electric power-assisted steering. These are only available on manual transmission models.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8
Configuration Aluminum block and heads Aluminum block and head Aluminum block and heads
Intake manifold Composite shell-welded with runner pack Composite shell-welded with runner pack Composite shell-welded with runner pack and charge motion control valves
Exhaust manifold Cast iron Three-port integrated into aluminum head Stainless steel tubular headers
Valvetrain DOHC, four valves per cylinder, twin independentvariable camshaft timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, twin independent variable camshaft timing DOHC, four valves per cylinder, twin independent variable camshaft timing
Bore x stroke 3.76 x 3.41 in./ 95.5 x 86.7 mm 3.45 x 3.7 in./ 87.55 x 94 mm 3.63 x 3.65 in./ 92.2 x 92.7 mm
Displacement 227 cu. in./3,727 cc 140 cu. in./2,300 cc 302 cu. in./4,951 cc
Compression ratio 10.5:1 9.5:1 11.0:1
Horsepower 300 HP @ 6,500 RPM 310 HP @ 5,500 RPM 435 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 280 LB-FT @ 4,000 rpm 320 LB-FT @ 2,500-4,500 rpm 400 LB-FT @ 4,250 RPM

Prices

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Model Price
2016 Ford Mustang V6 fastback $23,800
2016 Ford Mustang V6 Convertible $29,300
2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback $25,300
2016 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium $29,300
2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium convertible $34,800
2016 Ford Mustang GT fastback $32,300
2016 Ford Mustang GT Premium fastback $36,300
2016 Ford Mustang GT convertible $41,800

Options

EcoBoost Performance Package $1,995
EcoBoost Pony Package $895 - convertible/$995 - fastback
Performance Package $2,495
Black Accent Package $995
California Special package $1,995
Black roof $695
Top racing stripe package $475
6-speed automatic transmission $1,195
3.55 rear axle setup $395
Recaro cloth sport seats $1,595

Competition

Chevrolet Camaro

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The Mustang’s long-time rival will receive a complete overhaul for the 2016 model year, including restyled, more compact body work, a significantly lighter chassis, and enhanced drivetrains.

Meanwhile, the model that already entered its final year on the market carries on with the same 3.6-liter V-6 and 6.2-liter V-8 engines. The base unit produces 323 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque, while the V-8 comes in two configurations in the SS model. The less-powerful version cranks out 400 horses and 410 pound-feet, while the range-topping unit delivers 426 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of twist.

Find out more about the outgoing Camaro in our full review here.

Dodge Challenger

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Dodge facelifted the Challenger for the 2015 model year, giving it revised front and rear fascias inspired by the classic, 1971 model. The interior also got a refresh, while the biggest news in the drivetrain department is the addition of an eight-speed automatic transmission instead of the old five-speed unit.

The engines remained unchanged, starting with the base 3.6-liter V-6 rated at 305 horsepower and 268 pound-feet of torque. The 5.7-liter V-8 continues with 375 horses and 410 pound-feet, while the mighty 6.4-liter, Hemi V-8 pumps out a whopping 485 horsepower and 475 pound-feet, besting both the Mustang GT and the Camaro SS.

Dodge also enhanced customization possibilities for the Challenger by adding or updating packages such as the Super Track Pak or the Scat Pack. A Shaker is also available for customers in need of some classic Mopar heritage.

Read more about it in our detailed review here.

Conclusion

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Overall, the sixth-gen Mustang doesn’t get that much for the 2016 model year, but it’s only natural it continues mostly unchanged. Having been sent to dealerships less than a year ago, the pony is still fresh and a couple of years away from any significant updates. Nevertheless, I’m sure customers will appreciate the new options and packages. The fact that the California Special and the hood-vent turn signals have returned for the 21st century can only be good news for Mustang gearheads in the U.S.

  • Leave it
    • New design still controversial among fans
    • A brand-new Camaro is underway
    • 6.4-liter Hemi still makes the Challenger the more powerful V-8 muscle

Press Release

For the 2016 model year, Mustang fastback and convertible welcome the return of the iconic California Special Package and Pony Package —two iconic Mustang trim levels made popular in the 1960s. Several other new options, including new stripes and wheels, allow owners to make their pony car as individual as they are.

2016 Ford Mustang High Resolution Exterior
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Fans have been clamoring for the return of hood vent-integrated turn signals for years, and in a nod to heritage Ford is honoring the request, bringing back the popular feature as standard equipment for owners of the 2016 Mustang GT. First offered on the 1967 Mustang, secondary indicators in the hood vents would come to represent an iconic piece of pony car DNA. Now, this segment-exclusive feature will serve as an additional “heads-up” for Mustang GT drivers.

“Mustang enthusiasts are not shy about telling us what they want,” said Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager, “and we’re constantly exploring ideas together with our engineering team to develop new features we know our customers will love. These new hood vent indicators for the GT model are a perfect example of us communicating customer feedback to Mustang engineers and the team responding with an exclusive new feature for owners of the 2016 Mustang GT.”

New stripes, wheels, trims allow for greater personalization
Several new packages and options will be available for 2016 Mustang GT and Mustang EcoBoost® when the cars arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of 2015. Returning to the sixth-generation Mustang are over-the-top racing stripes direct from the factory. Offered in black or silver, the stripes are available on most color and trim packages.

Last seen on the Boss 302, a painted black roof option is now available for the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang and Mustang GT.

Exclusive to Mustang EcoBoost Premium is a fresh take on the Pony Package. With unique 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, tri-bar pony logo on the grille, side stripe and chrome window surround, the fastback Mustang with Pony Package is sure to stand out from the crowd when it arrives in late 2015.

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For customers after a stealthier look, Mustang GT will offer a Black Accent Package this fall. Fastback and convertible Mustang GT models with this package will showcase special 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, black decklid spoiler, dark taillamp trim, and 5.0 and pony logos in black.

Mustang GT Premium owners can order the California Special Package with a host of features including:

19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels

Ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logo

Unique door panel inserts and premium carpet featuring red contrast stitching

Unique aluminum dashboard finish with California Special badge

Hood and side stripes

Black pedestal spoiler

Unique faux gas cap

Strut tower brace with unique California Special badging

Dark taillamp accents

Black-painted mirrors, hood vents

Performance front splitter

Unique grille with tri-bar pony logo

Mustang drop-top aims for tip-top performance

Now, just like owners of the fastback model, customers of Mustang GT convertible equipped with manual transmission can order a Performance Package for 2016. Featuring increased structural bracing, as well as revised suspension components, brakes, wheels and tires, Mustang GT convertible equipped with Performance Package will be a force to be reckoned with – both on back roads and at the track. Features include:

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Unique chassis tuning, with strut tower brace and K-brace

Larger radiator

Revised suspension with upsized rear sway bar, heavy-duty front springs

Six-piston Brembo front brake calipers

19x9-inch front, 19x9.5-inch rear ebony-painted aluminum wheels with summer tires

Unique tuning for stability control, ABS and electric power-assisted steering

Torsen® limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio

Engine-turned aluminum instrument panel with auxiliary gauges

More aggressive front splitter; rear spoiler delete

“Ford Mustang GT fastback with Performance Package has been very popular,” said Banker. “Customer feedback indicated a strong desire for the package on the convertible model as well, and the 2016 Mustang GT delivers.”

SYNC 3 links driver and Mustang more closely than ever
SYNC® 3, Ford’s next-generation communications and entertainment system, is coming for Mustang equipped with Premium Package for 2016. With a faster, more intuitive, easier than ever to use interface, improved voice command and AppLink™ functionality, SYNC 3 now features the ability to update system software via any unlocked Wi-Fi network – bringing Mustang owners closer to their car than ever before.

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