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2013 Ford Mustang: First Drive Page 3

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Inside, graphics in the instrument panel are new, and there’s a 4.2-inch ‘productivity screen’ that taps into auxiliary gauges. And enthusiasts should get a kick out of the new Track Apps functions. With it, which you can access through the five-way controller on the steering wheel, you get a set of performance-metric functions, to let you time your own acceleration (0-30, 0-60, and 0-100 mph) and drag-race runs (eighth-mile and quarter-mile), or measure lateral g forces.

Aside from thumbing through the Track Apps screens briefly, we didn’t get a chance to test any of the Track Apps functions; when we get a follow-up drive or track time, we look forward to reporting on how they work.

Recaros available for all

The Mustang’s cabin remains surprisingly comfortable, with a design that nods to the past yet a set of surprisingly modern materials and plenty of soft-touch surfaces on the dash. Only the door panels remain a harder plastic. And we appreciate how the most supportive Recaro seats are no longer the exclusive domain of the Boss 302; those snug perches are now available throughout the lineup, as an option, and upholstered in leather or cloth. On our curvy drive, taking advantage of all the grip the Mustang could give us, we appreciated these seats’ even back support and deceptively robust side support to hold hips in place.

There are a few other new Mustang builds for 2013. For instance, the V-6 Performance Package is offered on automatic models in addition to those with a manual transmission. And finally, those who really do want to take the Mustang out on the track, there’s a new GT Track Package that’s new for 2013, and only offered on manual GT Mustangs. It includes a 3.73 axle, an upgraded radiator, performance brake pads, and the Boss 302’s Torsen differential—in addition to the larger front discs, 19-inch alloy wheels, and summer performance tires that are already a part of the Brembo Brake Package.

The Mustang starts as low as $22,995 for the V-6 or $31,095 for the GT. For less than $30k for the V-6 or just over $35k for the GT, you can get a very well equipped Coupe.

Freshened look, better-detailed yet, goodness intact

So the 2013 Mustang looks fresher and better-detailed, and has a few new and noteworthy features (like user-configurable steering boost), but drives mostly the same as before—and that’s a good thing.

And the Mustang family has a bigger enthusiasts’ story yet to come later this year—when Ford introduces the new 2013 Shelby GT500, with a 650-hp (or more) V-8 and an astonishing 200-mph top speed, and costing just $54,200.

In the meantime, look for those revised 2013 Mustang V-6 and GT models to reach dealerships later this spring.


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  1. It's time to take the ''PONY'' OUT FOR A RIDE!!!!!
     
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  2. Good Lord, who designed the 2013 Mustang This looks horrible! the front of this Mustang is disgusting and doesn't look like a Mustang at all. I would NEVER buy one of these. The Classic Mustang is the best looking and should be kept up. The new round lights are OK as they give off lots of light but PLEASE don't do away with the classic front end look. That is the Mustang trademark and should be kept up year after year.
     
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  3. umm, the front end looks EXACTLY like the GT500 that Ford has been producing for years now.
     
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  4. I freaking HATE everything (historian snob mentality), I don't even like the BOSS because of the stupid graphics, but I don't know if I can live without this.
     
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  5. FYI, the sport, comfort, and standard steering settings were there on the 2011 and 2012 models as well, although it's not obvious how to select them. i have my 2012 GT on sport and it's a lot more fun to drive.
     
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