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2013 Ford Mustang GT First Drive Impressions [Video]

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Jeffrey Powers

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2013 Ford Mustang GT First Drive Impressions [Video]

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It's America's Pony Car. the Muscle of Ford - the 2013 Ford Mustang is the American dream car. Has been since 1964 when the Mustang first came out (wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_Mustang)). But in 2013, the Mustang got an overhaul that makes everyone drool. From the new look, to the new technologies inside, this 450 horsepower vehicle is going to be the leader in sports cars. Mustang Exterior Features The Ford Mustang V6 and GT models got some new changes. Starting with the front end - a more powerful design in the grill alone. The splitter and heat extractors on the hood of the Mustang GT show more power and a little more sport. The Signature HID lighting illuminate the roads. Best part, they are standard. New wheels are on the 2013 Mustang, standard 17 inch for V6, 19 inch for GT, with updated designs and finishes to match the driver. Rocker panels bring a premium appearance for the driver - with the Mustang name on the inside, and painted to match the color of the car. The rear-view mirrors have a little Easter egg to them. They project the Mustang emblem on the ground when the unlock button is pressed. The rear-end lights come with smoked lenses and gloss black applique. For a full rundown, see the video: Ford Mustang 2013 - Dave Pericak on What's New (http://www.geekazine.com/video-pod/ford-mustang-2013-dave-pericak-on-whats-new) Ford Mustang Interior Features (http://www.geekazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/IMG_0122.jpg)There are a lot of great features to the interior of the Mustang. Of course, all leather seats, with option to upgrade to Recaro seats. This guarantees a fun, sporty, and comfortable ride. The audio system is an upgraded Shaker audio, which comes in two options - Shaker, with 8 speakers, and Shaker Pro with 9 speakers. The Shaker Pro version brings in a complete acoustic experience. With the quiet interior, you can turn the music up to 11 and not hear a bad note. Believe me - we tried. The Mustang GT Track package (Manual GT Mustang, only) come with a 3.73 axle, engine oil cooler, upgraded radiator and performance friction brake pads that you would see on the Boss 302. You do have option to switch from manual drive to automatic - that way you can push your Mustang the way you need to. Mustang Instrument Cluster and Microsoft Sync Just like all Ford vehichles, the 2013 Mustang can be equipped with Microsoft Sync and hands-free options. Ford apps like in-car navigation, heating controls, Sirius XM radio, and more. Additional apps like Nuance, Stitcher, iHeartRadio and more bring a full experience to your Mustang. Additionally, a 4.2-inch color LCD productivity screen is located between the speedometer and tachometer. This screen allows you to access information related to performance of the vehicle. A five-way button panel on the steering wheel allows you to navigate through the Track Apps Ford offers. You can check mileage, oil temperature, air/fuel ratio, g force, and even get a simulated Christmas tree for performance testing. All from your dashboard. Track Apps: * Accelerometer * Acceleration Timer * Brake Performance * Countdown Start Ford Mustang Driving - the Good We took the top-of -the-line Mustang through the roads of Oregon. Testing the power and speed, this vehicle handled all we threw at it. The suspension was awesome - I didn't bounce around at all. When you put your foot on the floor, the car responded in kind, and that made for a great drive around those windy roads. I also didn't feel cramped, like I do in most cars. The steering column fit to my larger hands and I was able to navigate around the steering column without taking my eyes off the road. Especially the cruise control, which I like to use in everyday driving. Ford Mustang Driving - the Bad The manual shift option felt a little lanky - I am used to paddles on the steering wheel, instead I had a up-down button on the shifter.
NMX and Nab Show, Las Vegas, April 2015