2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible California Special 1

The epitome of going back to the future

Article Dennis Malcolm Byron | Photography courtesy of Ford

Mustangs have always been the head turners of Ford, and this gorgeous 2016 GT Convertible version certainly maintains its esteemed 50-plus-year history with power, value and magnetism. After a well-received facelift to the Mustang’s exterior in 2015, the more menacing, sleek, yet muscular curves completely complement its 5.0L, V-8 heart powered by 435 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. Our review model went nostalgic and flaunted the four-seat California Special option that debuted in 1968; this new model includes eye-popping extras such as 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels; a more prominent black rear spoiler; a large splitter in the front; a custom grille and gas cap; black side mirrors; temperature-controlled ebony leather and Miko suede seats laced with red stitching; and the essential racing stripes to name a few embellishments. Mustang’s 2016 class also pays homage to yesteryear with secondary turning signals embedded in the hood vents for extra flair.

Another standout modification is the SYNC3 touchscreen interface that is significantly easier to operate compared to the former, brain-stressing MyFord Touch infotainment system. The practical knobs, scrolls, buttons, and flip switches are applauded, simplifying the activation of four drive modes, dual-zone climate control, and premium, 12-speaker SHAKER sound system. The collapsing of the convertible top is also driver friendly—a simple manual twist of the handle, followed by the push of a button lowers it in approximately a responsive seven seconds. Mustang fanatics will also love the heated exterior mirrors’ beam of the signature running horse illuminating the ground during the unlocking activation.

Ultimately, the 2016 Mustang is a high-tech, responsive handling, well-crafted machine that grips the road, while dishing out the power muscle car enthusiasts demand. The perfect balance of hi-tech advancements while preserving the rich, five-decade Mustang tradition makes this 2016 edition one the most fulfilling sports cars America has ever produced.

Base price: $41,895

Review model with all options and fees including California Special package ($5,780) is $47,675.

Gas mileage: 15 city/24 highway/18 combined

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