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2019 Ford Mustang Overview
The Ford Mustang – America’s pony car – goes into 2019 with a look back to 1968. Specifically, Ford’s new special Bullitt edition Mustang goes on sale. The newest Bullitt is the sharpest of them all, and while Mustangs are currently a very common sight on the road, the Bullitt is still a sure way to stand out from the crowd. The Bullitt is available in either Shadow Black or the signature Highland Green and it comes with other distinguishing features like chrome accents, a unique black grille, Torq-Thrust-style wheels, a cue ball shifter, and extra leather interior trim with accent stitching in green. There’s a little more power under the hood as well, so there’s bark to go with the Bullitt’s bite.
Another addition for 2019 is the California Special model, which can be paired with either the Mustang GT coupe or convertible. Like the Bullitt, it’s a throwback inspired by the Mustang class of 1968, which included the “California Special” and “High Country” special edition models for sale at dealers in the Western U.S. The 2019 California Special features a blacked-out grille and a side stripe that give the car a distinctive look. Finally, Ford has added a handful of new colors to choose from for 2019 as well as rev-matching features for the 6-speed manual, available Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker audio, and the availability of the active exhaust system for the four-cylinder EcoBoost models.
The Mustang comes standard with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The EcoBoost is the only Mustang available if you don’t want a V-8. But while it might seem small, the turbo four packs a big punch with a whopping 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The GT, of course, is a big leap ahead of the EcoBoost car with a 5.0-liter V-8 that makes 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. It’s enough to get a Mustang GT from 0-60 miles per hour in less than four seconds. Real speed freaks will of course want to pay attention to the separate Shelby models, but the new Bullitt edition Mustang takes the intake manifold from the Shelby GT350 along with a larger throttle body and turns it into an extra 20 hp and a 163 mph top speed. That’s 8 mph faster than the standard GT.
Both EcoBoost and GT Mustangs are available in either base or Premium trims, and as either a fastback or a convertible. Transmission choices are either a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic. Both can be had with adaptive magnetic dampers and both can be had with a performance package that adds bigger wheels, grippier tires, stiffer suspension, a better rear differential, and six-piston front brakes from Brembo. Both can also be had with an active exhaust system with which the driver can go from fairly quiet for sneaking home on late nights to loud and sporty for impressing your friends or leaving cars and coffee. It doesn’t technically add any performance to the Mustang, it’s just for fun. As for fuel economy, the EcoBoost returns 21 mpg city, 32 highway, 25 combined with an automatic and drops just a single mpg on the highway when equipped with a manual. The GT, meanwhile, is obviously thirstier with a rating of 16, 25, and 19 with the automatic or 15, 25, and 18 with the manual.
Buyers can give the Mustang’s interior an upgrade by opting for the extra leather trim of the Bullitt model or the available digital instrument cluster and carbon-fiber dash. Back seat room in the Mustang is predictably tight, with just two buckets that offer limited head- and legroom. Trunk space and rear visibility in the Mustang are also far superior to the arch-rival Camaro. Premium models add features like heated and cooled seats in the front, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system.
When it comes to safety, the Mustang protects its occupants quite well. Federal testers have given it top scores across the board and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gives it a top Good rating in most of its tests. Buyers have to step up to Premium models to get safety features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors with rear cross-traffic alert, active lane control, forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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