The 2016 Ford Mustang fastback and convertible will arrive with some tweaks and iconic 1960s special trim packages that are sure to get die-hard Pony fans excited. And if those don’t, this sure will. Ford is also bringing back the popular hood vent-integrated turn signal, a heritage cue from the 1967 Ford Mustang, as standard equipment.
“Mustang enthusiasts are not shy about telling us what they want,” says Melanie Banker, Mustang marketing manager. “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.”
As for the packaging options, Ford will offer an the iconic California Special Package for the GT Premium and a Pony Package for the Mustang EcoBoost Premium, both of which are classic trim packages that were a hit in the 1960s.
There will also be a new Performance Package for the GT convertible, plus a new stealthy Black Accent Package. Buyers can also get a painted black roof option and custom racing stripes in black or silver to add distinction and customization.
The retro California Package will be offered with the Mustang GT Premium and will offer a variety of features including 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminum wheels and ebony leather and suede seats that have contrasting red stitching and the embossed pony logo. The exterior will feature such options as hood and side stripes, dark taillamp accents, a unique grille with a tri-bar pony logo, and black-painted mirrors and hood vents. If this isn’t enough to distinguish it from the pony team, it will also feature California Special badges stamped on the exterior and on the interior dashboard.
The EcoBoost Premium will be offered in an exclusive Pony Package that will equip it with 19-inch aluminum wheels, a tri-bar pony logo on the grille, side stripes, and chrome window surrounds. The convertible Performance Package will be available on manual transmission GT models and will equip these drop top ponies with improved suspension, increased structural bracing, and more performance oriented brakes, wheels, and tires to make this a real Ford racing pony.
For drivers who are on the lam, or who want to appear to be, there’s the Black Accent Package. Like the name suggests, it will equip the GT with black accents like 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, a black decklid spoiler, dark taillamp trims, and a 5.0 and pony logos in black.
The new 2016 Mustang GT models arrive in dealerships in the third quarter of this year.