Thursday, November 1, 2007

2007 Ford Mustang Review

2007 Ford Mustang
High-performance Shelby GT and Shelby GT500 variants join base and GT models in the Mustang stable for 2007. The Shelby GT comes only as a coupe, other models are also available as convertibles with a power fabric top and heated glass rear window. Base versions have a 210-hp V6, GTs a 300-hp V8, Shelby GTs a 319-hp V8, and Shelby GT500s a supercharged 500-hp V8. Base, GT, and Shelby GT are available with a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Shelby GT500 has a 6-speed manual. ABS and traction control are standard on V8 models, optional on base models. No antiskid system is available.

Front side airbags with head and torso protection are standard on GT500, optional on the others. Base and GT models come in Deluxe and Premium trim. A Pony Package for base Premium models includes GT-style grille-mounted fog lamps, rear spoiler, and 17-inch wheels. New for '07 is a California Special Package for GT Premiums that includes unique trim and 18-inch wheels. Heated front seats are newly available options on base and GT models. A digital audio jack is newly standard. Coupes have split folding rear seatbacks. Leather upholstery is standard on GT Premium, Shelby GT and Shelby GT500, optional on others.

Consumer Guide® Automotive places each vehicle into one of 18 classes based on size, price, and market position. The Sporty/Performance Car class consists of two-seat roadsters, 4-cyl hatchbacks, and V8 muscle cars. Regardless of configuration, all have an emphasis on affordable performance.

Our Best Buys include the Mazda MX-5 and Scion tC. Our Recommended picks are the Ford Mustang, Mini Cooper, and Nissan 350Z.

New or significantly redesigned models include the Mini Cooper, Nissan 350Z, and Saturn Sky.

Mustang's long-rumored restyle has now slipped back to the 2010 models, two years later than first planned. Ford's well-publicized financial woes get the blame, but won't keep Mustang from getting a new V8. Timing is unclear, but the engine will be part of Ford's new "Hurricane" family, with a 5.8- or 6.2-liter version most likely for the ponycar. As for the restyle, one source projects a much sleeker and less retro look, though the classic long-hood/short-deck proportions will remain. Meantime, Ford is promising more special editions to keep Mustang sales moving. Stay tuned.
Source: consumerguideauto

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