While the 2015 Ford Mustang has not yet arrived at dealerships, information about the convertible model has begun to appear.
First of all, if you were hoping for a hard top convertible, forget about it! The 2015 Ford Mustang Convertible has a fabric roof and it comes in one colour, black. The three-ply roof has a softer appearance through the addition of a fourth and reinforcing foam insulation between the reinforcement and the top layer. The opening mechanism, developed in collaboration with Webasto, is now fully electric. It is quieter, more compact, and simpler than the electric-hydraulic mechanism it replaces. In addition, it is twice as fast, taking between 7 and 10 seconds to open, and 9 to 12 seconds to close. Unfortunately, it only works when the car is moving slower than 5 km/h. This means you'll need to pull over to the side of the road to close it in the event of a sudden downpour.
Even with the top folding into the trunk, the trunk space is greater than it was in the previous generation, growing from 9.6 to 11.4 cubic feet. For this we need to give credit to the car's new independent rear suspension, and the more compact design of the new roof.
Keeping a rigid structure while designing a convertible model is still a challenge. With the addition of high-strength steel, the torsional rigidity was increased by 13 percent. If we add in the benefits of the independent rear suspension, the car's handling has definitely been improved over that of the previous generation. However, since there is no roll bar for protection in the event of a rollover, it would be a lot safer to drive responsibly and keep the Mustang convertible on all four of it's wheels.
Currently, the Ford Mustang convertible accounts for 18 percent of all Mustang sales. Now that it will be sold around the world, this number may increase. This is why Ford has invested a lot in perfecting this model. On top of that, it's got it's worthy rival, the Camaro waiting for it.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca