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2010 Ford Mustang GT Glassback Review & Test Drive

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Ahhh, it’s a wonderful day when Ford delivers an all-new Mustang GT.
This year the iconic Pony Car is even better than the last generation, which was a vast improvement from generations past.

2010fordmustanggtbeautythroughtheglassroof01smallThis all-new 2010 Mustang GT is more contemporarily styled, more powerful, with better handling, and a completely redesigned high-quality interior that can stand up against any sporty coupe on the market for a base price of just $27,995.00. This new Mustang is the industry’s first sporty coupe to have an available ‘glass roof’ that runs from the top of the windshield to the front of the rear glass.

It is indeed a wonderful day as Mustang muscle goes modern for 2010-America’s favorite muscle car for 45 years straight-hits the streets with a new sculpted exterior design, a new interior design featuring world-class craftsmanship and materials, new technology, and performance improvements such as larger wheels, forced air induction, and a retuned suspension taken from the Mustang Bullitt.

2010fordmustanggtbeautyheadon01smallThis car is so much fun to drive, even in traffic with all eyes centered on the taut lines and new Yellow Jacket custom paint. Out on the open road the retuned suspension holds fast and straight, just like a race car. And just like a race car is cuts through the corners with the greatest of ease. The retuned front and rear setups, power assisted rack & pinion steering system and 19X9.5in. Pirelli P-Zero Nero tires give you tremendous grip and to push on the throttle on exit and lay out the rear with control.

In true Mustang tradition, there is a ‘steed for every need’. Customers can choose from a V-6 or V-8 with their choice of coupe, convertible or the innovative glass roof, several new options and features delivering the opportunity for customers to personalize their cleaner, meaner-looking Mustang.

2010mustanggtupscrew-01smallIt all starts with the more aggressive grille, punctuated with the first new Mustang emblem since the car’s introduction in 1964. Both V-6 and GT have brand-new sculpted front-end designs unique to each. The headlamps and turn indicators, now integrated into one unit, are modern interpretations inspired by the 1970 Mustang. On the V-6, the fog lamps are located on the lower fascia, while on the GT, the fog lamps are again located in the upper grille-but are smaller than before, similar to the original lamps of the 1967-68 models. The new look is truly unique and symbolic of Mustang’s heritage and the iconic status it has in the world and as a symbol of Americana.

2010fordmustanggtbadge01smallThe exterior sheet metal, except for the fast-back roofline, is all new for 2010. At the front, the new headlamps, lower fascias, fenders and grill are capped by a new powerdome hood that adds to the muscular appearance while functionally allowing for enhanced air cooling of the engine. Mustang’s washer-fluid nozzles are tucked into the cowl, while the antenna has been moved to the rear, both of which create a cleaner look while reducing wind noise.

The front and rear fenders feature taut, sculpted wheel flares, like a tight skin stretched over the wheels. A classic spear character line on the doors leads to a modern indication of ‘hip’ rear fenders. It helps give the car an aggressive, forward direction, like it’s ready to jump forward.

2010mustanggtrearaction01smallThe rear end design features aggressively angled rear corners, a sculpted decklid with a full perimeter integrated spoiler, wide polished stainless steel exhaust tips, and a prominent rear GT badge. A rearview camera incorporated into the spoiler is optional on select models. Also notable is the new black front and rear aero kit with matching black lower side extensions. This new design not only increases downforce up front, and front to rear underside airflow, but it gives the styling a more aggressive lower stance thus a lower center of gravity to increase stability.

A notable new tail lamp design features three LED bulbs firing sequentially from the inside for turn indication. The sequential bulbs were a distinct Mustang feature in the ‘60’s and comeback in the 2010 model for the first time since then. Locating the reverse lamps vertically creates a modern version of the Ford classic three-lens tail lamp.
Cleverly combining modern technology with Mustang heritage is a signature of the 2010 model, in terms of design and engineering.

2010mustanggtpanleftaction01smallAll of the special edition Mustang Bullitt engine and chassis elements are the base foundation of the GT, including some improvements gained from Mustang racing.
The GT’s 4.6 liter three-valve, SOHC, all-aluminum V8 is fitted with the Bullitt’s cold air induction system that increases horsepower to 315 at 6,000rpm and 325lb.ft. of torque at 4,250rpm.

This proven V8 engine is mated to a smooth shifting Tremec 5-speed manual transmission, or an optional 5-speed automatic overdrive with a button to turn of the overdrive feature to increase 2010fordmustanggtengine01smallrpms for quicker acceleration.

The wheel and tire combinations are 1 inch bigger across the board, ranging from 17X8 inches to 19X9.5 inches, which improves handling and braking. My GT rode on 19X9 inch painted aluminum wheels wrapped with 245/45ZR19 inch low profile, Pirelli
P-Zero Nero, high-performance tires.

Mustang engineers adjusted the springs, stabilizer bars and gas-charged shocks to the independent MacPherson front and proven live-axle rear suspension to better balance the ride, steering and handling for all models. Each model feels more controlled for steering and handling, yet retains a good ride balance. Further enhancing the suspension on the GT model is a 2010mustanggtheadonactionleftup01smallstrong strut tower brace that adds torsional rigidity and stiffness to the front. The GT goes where you point it to go with quick reaction to your inputs. With the superb power-assisted rack & pinion steering system you gain confidence with every turn. This newly upgraded combination makes the 2010 GT feel as if you are riding on rails. Going even further in helping you control the direction of the new GT during severe maneuvers or when driving on slick road surfaces is AdvanceTrac Electronic Stability Control that is now standard and complements Mustang’s all-speed traction control and ABS brakes. You can of course shut down the traction and stability control systems to more easily smoke the rear wheels and let the rear end hang out during high-speed cornering.

In addition to all of the design and driving dynamics improvements, the 2010 Mustang is engineered to maintain its top government safety ratings. Standard safety equipment includes dual-stage front driver and passenger airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, Ford’s Personal Safety System, 3-point safety belts with front pretensioners/load limiters,
front/rear crush zones, tire-pressure monitoring system, capless fuel-filler for better and safer sealing of the fuel tank, and steel beams in each door.

2010fordmustanggtinterior01smallLike the exterior, the interior design is all new with world-class materials and execution.
I felt like I was home, playing my favorite auto racing video game, comfortable with an instrument cluster and dashboard taken from the future, and clean visibility in front and all around me. The doors open wide and the aluminum plated and lighted Mustang scripted door entry plates are inviting.

The powerful new one-piece instrument panel design is crafted in seamless soft-touch TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin) skin fully encompassing available genuine aluminum-finish panels. Mustang’s chromed-ringed gauges are easy to see and understand, and the dual-vane air registers are precisely crafted and positioned. The round end chrome-ringed air-registers are larger than last year’s model.

2010fordmustanggtinstrumentcluster01smallThe instrument panel and console flow as one shape, another strong connection to Mustang heritage. The new seats add better side-bolstering, while the armrests have softer materials with high-quality stitching. My Premium GT model came with white contrasting stitching against the charcoal back interior, leather seats, and new leather-wrapped/tilting steering wheel that adds thicker aluminum trim and buttons to operate the audio/Bluetooth/cruise-control systems. This new steering wheel felt perfect in my hands. The chrome-ringed shifter bezel holds the newly designed automatic shifter, or the aluminum-topped 5-speed manual stick, and is placed perfectly for easy use, and feels comfortable when your hand is laying on top ready to shift.

2010fordmustanggtdashboard01smallThe new electronic finish to the center stack design adds the latest version of Ford SYNC, with new features like 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report. The audio and climate control buttons and knobs are integrated into the finished panel. All are easy to reach and use. You can also customize the ambient and instrument lighting through MyColor system, another industry-first, which features 125 color combinations.

Interior noise has been removed by Ford engineers. The upgraded instrument panel along with new sound deadeners added to select areas help improve interior quietness, especially at high 2010fordmustanggtfrontseats01smallspeeds or when riding over rough roads. That makes hearing that famous Mustang roar cleaner and more ‘music to your ears’.

Standard equipment on the GT not mentioned above includes express up/down windows, thick-cut pile carpeting/floor mats, self-diming rearview mirror, power-remote side-view mirrors, remote keyless entry, dual map lamps, aluminum-faced foot pedals, center console dual cup holders, a deep storage bin, storage slots in each door, and folding 60/40 split bench seat. Options not mentioned above includes Shaker 500 or Shaker 1000 audio systems, leather-trimmed seats with driver/passenger power adjustments including lumbar, power-remote/heated/self-dimming side-view mirrors, SIRUIS 2010fordmustanggtponybadge01smallsatellite radio, HID headlamps, heated seats, dual-zone electronic climate control, and Ford’s Next Generation Navigation System.

With a completely redone exterior that echoes the classic Mustang designs of the past, an interior featuring world-class materials, numerous technology upgrades and an improved driving experience, the all-new 2010 Mustang is poised to become the latest classic in the proud iconic American muscle car. Test drive a 2010 GT and you’ll fall in love with the car like I did.

COPYRIGHT: 2009: HARVEY SCHWARTZ

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SPECIFICATIONS

Price: MSRP $30,995
Type: Midsize Coupe
Where Built: United States
EPA Class: Subcompact Cars

Dimensions

Exterior
Length: 188.1 in.
Width: 73.9 in.
Height: 55.6 in.
Wheel Base: 107.1 in.
Interior
Front Head Room: 38.5 in.
Front Hip Room: 53.4 in.
Front Shoulder Room: 55.3 in.
Rear Head Room: 34.7 in.
Rear Shoulder Room: 51.6 in.
Rear Hip Room: 46.8 in.
Front Leg Room: 42.4 in.
Rear Leg Room: 29.8 in.
Luggage Capacity: 13.4 cu. ft.
Maximum Seating: 4

Performance Data

Acceleration (0-60 mph): 5.2 sec.
Braking Distance (60-0 mph): 107 ft.
Base Number of Cylinders: 8
Base Engine Size: 4.6 liters
Base Engine Type: V8
Horsepower: 315 hp
Max Horsepower: 6000 rpm
Torque: 325 ft-lbs.
Max Torque: 4250 rpm
Maximum Towing Capacity: 1000 lbs.
Drive Type: RWD
Turning Circle: 37.7 ft.

Fuel Data

Fuel Tank Capacity: 16 gal.
EPA Mileage Estimates: (City/Highway/Combined)
Manual: 16 mpg / 24 mpg / mpg
Automatic: 17 mpg / 23 mpg / mpg
Range in Miles:
Manual: 256 mi. / 384 mi. / mi. Automatic: 272 mi. / 368 mi. / mi.

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