2010 Ford Mustang GT
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North Vancouver, British Columbia – Boy, time flies. It’s been almost five years since the fifth-generation Mustang was introduced, and its late 60s-like retro styling has held up really well. But with the new Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro entering the fray, it was high time that the Mustang received a major upgrade.

Curiously, this hasn’t happened. And even more curiously, it doesn’t seem to matter. More on that in a minute.

Changes to the 2010 Mustang are more of a makeover than a redesign: revised exterior styling, a new interior design, a retuned but familiar suspension, larger tires, new electronic stability control, and in the GT V8 model, an increase of fifteen horsepower and five pound-feet of torque – the engine upgrades were adopted from the limited edition Mustang Bullitt. But the 2010 Mustang is based on the same unibody platform as the last model (which was all-new in 2004) and has the same heavy-duty five-speed manual transmission (or optional five-speed automatic) and a solid rear axle. That compares to the Challenger’s and Camaro’s six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and independent rear suspension setups.

2010 Ford Mustang GT
2010 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

The 2010 Mustang’s styling is meaner, more aggressive, but still distinctively Mustang. Surprisingly, all the sheetmetal is new, except the roof. A new ‘powerdome’ hood adds to the muscular appearance while providing more engine cooling. The orange turn signals are now located beside the headlights which have been moved further outboard. V8 GT models have fog lamps in the grille while V6 models have them in the bumpers. The lower side sills and bumpers now include a sturdy black plastic moulding to hide dirt and prevent paint chips.

At the rear, new LED three-bar taillights cleverly incorporate the white reversing lights into the design, which now curves up and around at the outside edges. As well, the new turn signals flash in a sequential pattern from the inside out, another Ford idea borrowed from the 60s.

On the inside, a new instrument panel remains upright with integral aluminum trim, but incorporates softer touch plastics, a flow-through console design, redesigned radio and heater controls, and new rectangular air vents in the middle replacing the round ones. It also includes the latest version of SYNC with 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Report.

Pricing and standard equipment
2010 Ford Mustang GT
2010 Ford Mustang GT. Click image to enlarge

Still offered as a two-door coupe or convertible, the 2010 Mustang comes with a standard 210-horsepower 4.0-litre V6 with five-speed manual transmission or optional five-speed automatic; and in the GT, a 315-hp 4.6-litre V8 (up from 300 hp) with heavy-duty five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic; still to come is the over-the-top 2010 Shelby GT500 with a supercharged 5.4-litre V8 and six-speed manual transmission.

The base MSRP of the 2010 Mustang V6 coupe is $24,539, but at the time of this writing, Ford is offering a “Ford employee price” of $23,539 that includes a $1,350 Freight charge and $100 A/C tax. Standard equipment includes standard 17-inch tires and painted alloy wheels, manual five-speed transmission, electronic stability and traction control, four disc brakes with ABS, cloth seats, AM/FM/single CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input jack, air conditioning, power door locks with keyless entry, power windows with auto up/down, cruise control, centre floor console with armrest and locking storage, 50/50 split-folding rear seatbacks, power mirrors, rear spoiler, variable intermittent wipers, and Easy-Fuel capless fuel filler. A five-speed automatic transmission is $1,250.

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