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Beauty is 'Stang' deep with Mustang California

April 13, 2007|by KEN CHESTER, JR. / Motor News Media Corporation

Big, powerful, bold and American. Offered in coupe and convertible models, the Ford Mustang continues to be one of the greatest automotive sales success stories of all time. The rear-drive Mustang GT is tricked out with a powerful version of the 4.6-liter V-8. Torque is communicated to the street via a standard Tremec 3650 five-speed manual gearbox equipped with a 3.55 axle ratio. Ford's 5R55S close-ratio five-speed automatic transmission is an available option.

For 2007, the Dearborn automaker introduced the GT California Special exterior appearance package. The new package features unique front and rear fascias with GT/California Special door stripes.

On the road, the GT California Special equipped with the standard five-speed manual gearbox is powerful, fast and willing - all the way to redline. At speed, the coupe is strong, solid and controlled - never squeamish or disconnected from the driver or the pavement.

The modern Mustang chassis uses a MacPherson front suspension with reverse "L" lower control arms, to deliver both comfort and control. At the rear, the Mustang employs a three-link suspension architecture with a lightweight tubular Panhard rod to provide precise control of the rear axle. This technology stabilizes the rear axle as the wheels move, particularly during hard cornering.

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Inside the cabin is familiar territory with a modern rendition of classic Mustang instrumentation. The automaker both coddles and spoils occupants with a high degree of standard equipment and amenities. Strong, safe and sound, the Mustang was engineered to reflect Ford's best product and process thinking while preserving the 40-year icon.

The Mustang interior raises the bar for sports-car cabins with a symmetrical instrument panel, high-quality materials and precision craftsmanship. Taller drivers feel more at home with plenty of headroom and shoulder room. The 50/50 split rear seat is now a hospitable place for adults with more legroom and shoulder room in sculpted bucket seats.

For 2007, additional features have included available heated front seats, Sirius satellite radio, DVD-based navigation system and new auxiliary audio input jack. A new comfort package features an electrochromatic mirror with compass, heated front seats and a six-way power front passenger seat.

Mustang ragtop models are offered in Black or Parchment and feature a three-layer design that consists of an outer waterproof layer, middle sound-deadening layer and an attractive inner layer. When folded down, the top's Z-fold design has a low-profile stance and takes up less space than the previous model. New sealing features reduce wind noise and air leaks when the top is up, and the large rear-window glass features a standard electric defroster. The result is a ragtop that is almost as quiet as the hardtop.

Lowering the soft top is an easy task for one. Open the handles at each side of the top at the windshield and hit the power button to lower. Putting up the top is just as easy - the manual handles that secure the top do not require brute force to use.

SPECS



Wheelbase: 107.1; overall length: 187.6; width: 73.9; height: 55.4 - measurements in inches

Engine: 4.6-liter V-8 - 300 hp at 5,750 rpm and 320 lbs-ft of torque at 4,500 rpm

Transmission: Five-speed manual, five-speed automatic

EPA fuel economy: 17 city/25 highway, (manual); 18 city/23 highway, (automatic)

Cargo capacity: 13.1 cubic feet (coupe); 7.7 cubic feet (convertible)

PARTS CONTENT



Final assembly point: Flat Rock, Mich.

United States/Canada: 70 percent

Engine: United States

Transmission: Mexico

SAFETY FEATURES



Dual front air bags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, traction control, fog lamps, remote keyless entry, limited slip differential and tire pressure monitoring system. Optional safety features include active anti-theft system, front-seat mounted side-impact air bags and wheel lock kit.

WARRANTY



Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile, bumper-to-bumper.

Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile.

Corrosion: 5-year/unlimited.

Roadside assistance: 5-year/60,000 mile, 24-hour.

PRICING



The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Ford Mustang GT California Special starts from $28,350 for the coupe model. Destination charges add $745.

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