Leading up to the highly anticipated reveal of the 2015 Ford Mustang today, dozens of renderings and leaked photos have provided a handily accurate idea of how Ford’s latest pony car would look. In the midst of the frenetic craze surrounding the 2015 Ford Mustang coupe's unveiling, it could have been quite easy to overlook photos of 2015 Ford Mustang convertible.
Ford posted our first good look at the new Mustang droptop on its website and on the Ford UK Twitter page. While the vehicle obviously lacks the sharply raked fastback that features so prominently on the 2015 Ford Mustang coupe, the convertible version bears the same forward-leaning trapezoidal grille and pair of deeply incised lines extending between the front and rear wheels. As with the coupe, a dynamic modern styling scheme keeps the Mustang convertible fresh and relevant while maintaining a connection to its long and well-respected tradition as the archetypal American pony car.
As executive editor Todd Lassa explained in our first look at the 2015 Ford Mustang coupe, the convertible is an important reminder of the Mustang’s history and “image as the quintessential American ragtop.” The new softop will reportedly be made of cloth rather than the vinyl of old, with a seven-second drop-time via electric power instead of hydraulics. The convertible will also have its own unique rear decklid design thanks to the sharp fastback on the coupe, and trunk volume shrinks down to 11.4 cubic feet from the 13.5 cubic feet available in the coupe.
Expect this convertible to offer the same range of engine options available on the 2015 Ford Mustang coupe. The base engine will be the 3.7-liter V-6 making an estimated 300 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. The 2.3-literEcoBoost I-4 is estimated to produce at least 305 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, while the top-of-the-line 5.0-liter V-8 is sure to please the Mustang faithful with an ample estimated 420-plus-hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. All engine options will be available with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2015 Ford Mustang convertible, like the coupe, will feature Ford’s new independent rear suspension setup rather than the familiar solid rear axle.
Pricing has not yet been announced for the 2015 Ford Mustang, but if history is any indicator, the convertible will likely carry an approximately $5,000 premium over the base coupe. The coupe is slated to go on sale in fall of 2014, and we expect the convertible to be available some time afterward. Ford’s U.S. operation has yet to make any statement about the convertible, but stay tuned for more information as the story develops.