An Even Bigger Bang - 2011 Ford Mustang GT Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang Long-Term Road Test

2011 Ford Mustang GT: An Even Bigger Bang

May 24, 2011

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My colleague, Miss Pardilla, spotted this Mustang GT convertible and was asking me about it relative to our long term GT. So I figured y'all may be interested in what we chatted about.

This version of the Mustang was produced from 1987 to 1993. Yes, the first "Fox body"Mustang debuted for 1979, but I'm talking about these later versions with the flush headlights, lower body skirting and of course the 225-hp version of the 5.0-liter V8. These 5.0 Mustangs were known for their high "bang for the buck"performance...well, straight line performance anyway as the Camaro and Firebird out-handled them. This one has been lightly modified with a different two-tone paint scheme (the lower portion was not available in white), a pair of stripes on the hood, clear turn signal lenses and what appear to be SVT Cobra wheels.

And today's Mustang GT still holds the bang for the buck title. Even more so, actually. If you convert $18,000 of 1991 money -- that's what a well equipped, brand new 1991 GT hatchback went for -- into today's dollars you get about $29,000. A 2011 Mustang GT starts at around $30 grand. So despite the massive advances the Mustang GT has made in terms of performance, safety, build quality and style over the last two decades, it's price hasn't effectively increased.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 8,419 miles

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