Plus, there's an optional color-configurable instrument panel, an industry first, that gives the driver more than 125 different color backgrounds to illuminate the gauges and controls. The design team at Ford dropped the old fox-4 chassis, that had been around in one form or another since '79, and added styling cues from the '64-'70 first gen Mustang. This unique feature allows the user to customize the colors of the gauge cluster; 125 different color combinations are offered. The rigid core of the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible creates a safety cage that helps protect the cabin from deformation and intrusion during an impact. Latemodel Restoration has no affiliation with Ford Motor Company, Roush Enterprises, or Saleen. These six inches are also put to good use in the Mustang's cabin.
The front of the car is designed to help channel the violent energy of a collision away from vehicle occupants. Eaton is a trademark of the Eaton Corporation. The squeaks, shakes and rattles to which convertibles typically are prone are startlingly missing from the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible. Looking for new and better ways to do things, Ford engineers designed a z-fold top that gives the Ford Mustang Convertible a finished appearance with the top down. Top up, the fabric roof seals well and looks fabulous--something we can't say for all the Mustang's ragtop rivals.
All Mustangs are now made at the AutoAlliance International assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Both passengers in the back and front will appreciate the lack of wind-related buffeting and noise when the top is down. Also improved is the rearward visibility. Axle tramp, the bane of the previous-generation Mustang, is held at bay with the car's well-located live axle. Side-impact air bags for the driver and front passenger are optional. Much of the weight comes from the metal added to brace the structure to restore some of its strength after the top is cut off. The aluminum construction reduces weight for improved balance and handling.
Along with a new look, Ford also put their hands on performance attributes. Saleen is a registered trademark of Saleen Incorporated. The Premium Package adds the Shaker 500 audio system and sportier seats. Here again a smartly structured body comes into play. The Mustang started the ponycar genre, and now, after 40 years of competition with the Camaro, Firebird and others, it's the only one left.
For instance, they were able to design body joints and rocker panels that give the convertible a commendable level of stiffness without the need for additional bracing. Another benefit of the convertible's sensibly managed weight program is that excess poundage does not sap acceleration. Clutch takeup is linear and effort spot-on for a V-8 musclecar, and the engine's broad torque band is not too picky about launch technique. There's an unmistakable hint of Mustang notchbacks of yesteryear in the convertible's profile and stance - with the same athletic proportions, save for today's bigger, wider wheels and tires, that make it look as good at rest as it does at speed. The view out the good-size glass back window, with fewer blind spots, is better than in most convertibles.
Not a bad tradeoff for wind-in-the-hair motoring. These terms are used for identification purposes only. Like the 2005 Ford Mustang coupe, the convertible uses a MacPherson strut front suspension and a rigid rear axle that has surprised the automotive press with its composure and handling prowess. On the skidpad, it develops 0. It rides smoother, The interior is beautifully done.
Automotive Alliance International Ford Motor Co. On average, the 2005 fleet for Ford Mustangs will emit 57 percent less smog-forming pollution than the 2004-model-year fleet. Design influences of the are clearly visible. It's easy to be smooth around town, especially since ditched the old sliding spline in the driveshaft for a modern flex flange design. Switch off the traction control, and the rear tires can be lit from a standstill.
The new Mustang represents a clean-sheet design, riding on an all-new platform. As a result, never before have the coupe and convertible ridden and handled so much alike. . The signature long hood, short deck and classic design cues may be found on both. The car is relatively free of harmonically induced secondary vibrations, shimmies, and shakes that plagued the previous-generation car, proof that engineers and their computers have gotten way smarter about structure since the last Mustang was designed some 26 years ago.
Its exterior appearance borrowed design cues from the best of the Mustang lineage, and closely resembled the design of the 1960s Mustangs. Any usage or mentions of these terms throughout our website and print ads are used for identification purposes only. Steering is via a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system. Producing 210 horsepower and 240 foot-pounds of torque, it is more powerful than the 260-cubic-inch displacement V8 that was an option when Ford Mustang was first introduced. Power Personified and Personalized Mustang is the very symbol of American muscle, and the 2005 Ford Mustang Convertible is no exception.