Although the 2010 Ford Mustang was unveiled in full detail at last year's LA Auto Show, it is only today that the company released the official pricing on the latest car. It comes with a totally new exterior, a completely uprated cabin and a refined powerplant lineup, and is intended to compete with the Dodge Challenger and the imminent Chevrolet Camaro.
The 2010 Ford Mustang is well-priced at $1,000 to $2,600 less than the competition with the entry level V6 version starting at $20,995. The GT trim with a V8 will start at $27,995. In the middle is a convertible with a V6 and priced at $25,995, a $5,000 premium and a similar premium for the convertible GT which comes with a $35,995. The GT500 coupe begins at $46,325 and the convertible will have a $51,225 tag. There are numerous upgrade packages offered consisting of glass roof ($1,995) which is compatible with all the coupe versions. The interior is perhaps the greatest revision the legendary muscle car has received, which comes with a more sporty and hunkered down look.
The front face of all Mustang models is lower and looks broader with tough wheel arches pushing up and out of the beefy fenders. Active character lines come out from above the grill sweep toward the rear into a more potent, sculpture engine cover. The belligerent appearance is improved by larger grill cavities flanked on both sides by slimmer headlights, which comes with built-in turn lights.
Other integrations include LED taillights and HID headlights. The nimble design was further improved by removing non-essential elements and minimizing overhangs, getting rid of the rear key-hole cylinder, chamfering the corners at the back and simplifying the pedestal spoilers to a more compressed configuration. The antenna located previously on the front fender has been shortened and relocated to the rear.
Consequently the appearance and efficiency of the 2010 Mustang has improved considerably. The lineup for the 2010 Mustang powertrain includes a 4.0-liter V6 unit that can yield 210hp and 240lb-ft of torque and also a 4.6-liter V8 unit that can achieve 315hp and 325lb-ft of torque. Each comes with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed auto transmission.
The cold-air induction system, which was pioneered through Ford Racing Technology, is the power booster behind the V8. The air intake is located behind the headlights on the driver's side and mounted on a Mustang exclusive air box. Engine speed has been increased by 250rpm making it 6,500rpm. Larger exhaust tips come with both the V6 and V8 versions although the V8 ones come with polished ends. Further mechanical enhancements include a three-link rear suspension with a panhard bar that comes as standard on all versions.
The 2010 Mustang will also be receiving for the first time Ford's AdvanceTrac traction control and anti-locking brake system. The Ford AdvanceTrac system utilizes sensors to sense and measure yaw by monitoring the car's velocity, throttle position and the angle of the steering wheel. When there is slippage in the wheel, the system reduces the torque of the engine and appropriately applies the brakes a required.
The springs, stabilizer bars and shocks have all been tweaked for all models to provide enhanced balance, steering and handling. The 2010 Mustang comes with 17-inch tires for all the V6 models and 18-inch for the V8. For those who are looking for higher performance 19-inch Pirelli Summer tires are also offered. In the interior, the manual transmission version comes with genuine polished-aluminum gear-shift knob and a shifter covered with leather.
The instrument panel and center console has seamlessly merged into one unit and soft materials with high-quality stitching are used for the seats and arm rests. A new addition to the center stack is the current version of Ford SYNC that comes with 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report. Both ambient and instrument lighting can be customized with My Color system equipped with 125 color choices. Ford builds the new 2010 Mustang at the Auto Alliance International Plant at Flat Rock, Michigan, USA.