Whoa, Ford found its pony ride again. And what a great tang the 2005 Mustang is. Somewhere along the way, the sports car lost its wildly original appeal after hitting the streets in 1964. The newest rear wheel drive Mustang recreates its traditional look: long hood, short rear deck and a front grille with galloping pony badge. The all-new Mustang Convertible really rocks with a 4.6-liter V8 producing 300 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 315 pounds-feet of peak torque at 4500 rpm. To give perspective, the V8 (powering the Convertible GT) provides about 50 percent more horsepower than the 1964 Mustang’s V8, and about 40 more horsepower than the 2004 Mustang. Staying with the 2004 model comparison, the 2005 Mustang gains 6 inches (now 107.1) in the wheelbase, is 1.4 inches taller, an inch wider, and 4.4 inches longer.

The interior also returns to the glory days by emphasizing oversized, chrome-ringed speedometer and tachometer gauges. In a nod to technology, instrument panel accents – specifically, more than 125 different color background choices via light-emitting diodes (LEDs) – occur at the touch of a button. The 1,000-watt Shaker Audiophile system (priced at $1,295) provides a truly splendid sound to driver and passengers, even with the top down. Driving the convertible is extremely pleasurable. Wind noise, with the top up or down, is nearly non-existent. And there is no annoying shake or shimmy, thanks to a body that’s more than twice the rigidity of the 2004 model. Both Mustang coupe and convertible were designed in tandem, although the convertible has unique A pillars and a convertible specific unibody. The Mustang GT convertible nabs fuel per gallon numbers of 17 city and 25 highway with a 5-speed manual transmission. MSRP of Mustang GT convertible is $30,550.