Our little red 2013 Ford Mustang GT tester was a pleasure to drive. Handling was tight, steering precise, brakes like an anchor (Brembos), and that 5.0-liter engine (now pumping out 420 ponies) is nothing short of spectacular. The engine is powerful, but smooth as silk, and loves to rev, so you can get surprised at just how fast you’re going at times when you look down at the speedometer.
The 6-speed manual transmission was also impressive, with its short throws, making us wonder why anyone would opt for the automatic. The 19” Premium painted aluminum wheels look great (allowing the Brembo brake calipers to peek through), and the sticky 255/40R19 Pirelli P-Zero Nero summer tires keep this pony planted to the asphalt. 3.73 rear gears feel just right for a healthy off-the-line punch, but if you like to drag-race your Stang, you’ll probably want steeper gears, since the 5.0 is very rev-happy.
As good as the stock seats have become, the Recaros are still a must-have option, in our opinion. The only drawback (besides the price), is that they are manual, but who cares. This Stang is so much fun, you won’t be handing your keys to anyone else anyway.
The exterior updates to the 2013 really take the 2010 redesign to the next level. Shelby GT500-like nose with HID projector headlights, awesome looking hood with vents running down the sides, revised rear styling with blacked-out LED sequential taillights, along with some other tweaks. The “Track Apps” display keeps the driver informed of key performance metrics such as acceleration times, braking distances, and handling g-forces.
The interior is upscale; looks and feels fantastic. The Sync voice-activated system works flawlessly, allowing you to sync your cell phone, so you can keep your hands where they belong while driving, one on the steering wheel, and the other on the shifter.
Ford has been hitting homeruns with the Mustang since 1964, but the 2013 is an out-of-the-park grand-slam!
2013 Mustang GT Premium Coupe: $34,300 (MSRP)
- Red Candy Metallic Tinted CC: $395
- Electronics Package with Navigation: $2,340
- Reverse/Rear Sensing System/Security Package: $695
- 3.73 Ratio Limited Slip Axle: $395
- Brembo Brake Package: $1,695
- Recaro Manual Leather Seats: $1,595
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