Muscular new engines infuse Mustang with tire-smoking
performance. The 4.6-liter all-aluminum V-8 has three-valve heads and
cranks out 300 horsepower. Because it has an aluminum block, it weighs 75
pounds less than a comparable cast-iron design while delivering 40 more
horsepower than the 2004 engine. Thatís more than 50 percent more power
than the small-block 289-cubic-inch V-8 found in the classic 1964 model.
Motor Trend ran a 2005 Mustang GT 5-speed from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds and
ran the quarter mile in 13.5 seconds at 103 mph in the January 2005 issue. The
Mustang GT comes standard with a rear spoiler, but a spoiler delete option is
available. 17" wheels are standard.
A TREMEC five-speed manual transmission is standard, but for the first
time, a five-speed automatic transmission is available.
GT Deluxe: 4.6-liter 3-valve V-8 engine, ABS with
traction control, stainless steel dual exhaust, front fog lamps in grille,
complex reflector halogen headlamps with integral turn signals, rear
spoiler, performance tires with 17-inch painted cast aluminum wheels,
AM/FM stereo with single CD, cloth sport bucket seats and leather-wrapped
tilt steering wheel.
GT Premium adds: Shaker 500 Audio system with six-disc
CD player and Aberdeen leather-trimmed embossed sport bucket seats.
The 2005 Mustang GT was selected to pace the NASCAR
Nextel Cup Banquet 400 and Ford 400 in the 2004 season.
Invariably some changes are made between the time
preproduction cars are made and when the full production run is started.
The 2005 Mustang was no exception. The major differences are that on the
preproduction cars, the
vertical bars in the lower front valence were painted to match the body,
the GT had a "Powered By Ford" engine cover, the
5-speed manual shifter was polished aluminum,
and the pony medallion on the steering wheel was surrounded in silver on
cars equipped with the Interior Upgrade Package. The 18" wheels found on
the preproduction show cars have been delayed until model year 2006.