2020 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Review

November 7, 2020

If we could apply a Peter and the Wolf style approach to cars, where the characters are described only by music, then the 2020 Ford Mustang GT Convertible would surely be ‘voiced’ by the opening salvo of Bon Jovi’s Raise Your Hands.

The combination of Sambora’s catchy, big-hair metal riff, balanced with JBJ’s almost doppler-effect scream, is the perfect metaphor to suit the soundtrack of the perpetual midlife-crisis-encouragement machine.

Too much analysis there you think?

Well, this is the key to both my writing and the Mustang, as neither are designed to be taken too seriously. And, in fact, are both best enjoyed with a generous slice of frivolity, while listening to your favourite tunes from the decade of decadence as loud as you like.

We are, after all, talking specifically about rolling in the 5.0 with the ragtop down so your hair can blow.

The jump from the ‘lesser’ engine car can be explained (because V8), but the gap to the coupe is a bit of a stretch for what amounts to a relatively simple black cloth roof that you still need to manually unclip each time you open it, while the car is stationary.

What you do get, though, is a 5.0-litre Coyote V8 with 339kW and 556Nm paired exclusively to a 10-speed automatic transmission. There are 19-inch wheels, LED head and tail-lamps, power-adjustable heated and ventilated leather seats, and an 8.0-inch SYNC 3 touchscreen with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Throw in adaptive cruise control, a lane-departure warning system, and AEB to help with driver convenience, but the Mustang still only scores a three-star ANCAP safety rating (from 2017, and technically only applicable to the coupe). Ownership isn’t too hefty, though, with three years of capped-price servicing running to $897 and five to $1596.

There are 10 colour choices available, and our car is finished in the lovely Rapid Red metallic ($650), which works brilliantly with the contrasting roof and wheels.

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