The 2021 Ford Mustang GT Convertible is as American as blue jeans and beef jerky and is the perfect gateway drug for those looking to enter the world of serious American sports cars. Under the hood of this Stang lies a naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque sent to the rear (naturally) via a ten-speed automatic transmission or a more engaging six-speed manual box. Not only is the GT convertible a riot to drive, but it's a practical daily companion. Going up against competitors such as the Chevrolet Camaro, our new Ford Mustang GT Convertible review will reveal whether it is still deserving of its lead on the sales charts.
For 2021, Ford has decided to chop and change some of the features available across the Mustang range, and the GT naturally gets affected. On the mechanical side, things remain unchanged. Still, the exterior can now be enhanced with two new wheel options, and a few new colors join the palette, namely Antimatter Blue Metallic, Carbonized Gray Metallic, and Grabber Yellow. The interior is now offered with a rear seat delete option, and you can no longer go for the illuminated glovebox option. The most significant change to the Mustang lineup is the addition of Ford Co-Pilot 360 tech to all models - this suite includes features like blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist.
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This is one handsome 2 door soft top. The GT shares the same exterior design as the EcoBoost variant, but adds a bit of spice in the form of 5.0L fender badges, dual exhaust outlets with quad tips, a GT rear appliqué badge, LED fog lamps, a unique high gloss black painted front grille and unique 18-inch machined-face wheels.
The Ford Mustang GT Convertible is a two-door cabrio that shares its dimensions with the rest of the Mustang family. This means a wheelbase of 107.1 inches, an overall length of 188.5 inches, a width of 81.9 inches including the mirrors, and a height of 54.9 inches. The manual car weighs in at 3,916 pounds, while the auto tips the scales at 3,932 lbs.
Under the hood of the 2021 Mustang GT Convertible, you'll find a 5.0-liter V8 engine developing a serious 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via your choice of six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic (which occasionally frustrates by upshifting too quickly), and a 3.55 limited-slip differential helps to put the power down. The beauty of driving a large-capacity V8 is the fact that there's no waiting for a turbo; there's just oodles of power, and most importantly, torque, so city and highway driving is a pleasure. The GT convertible will do the 0-60 mph sprint in the mid-four-second range and reach a top speed of 155 mph, or you can just smoke the tires and remain stationary if that's your thing.
This is a true blue RWD sports car, and don't let anyone fool you into thinking it's worse off for losing its top. The difference between the soft top and hardtop coupe is impossible to spot when doing the daily run to the shops, and even at the limit, only seasoned drivers will be able to notice any differences, but even then, it is negligible. Turn-in is sharp, and there's loads of mechanical grip until there isn't, at which point the GT convertible will transition into a beautifully controlled slide. This car is comfortable enough to drive daily and isn't as stiff as some more focused driving cars. The brakes are good too, and manage to stop the vehicle with confidence, even after a few minutes of abuse. For the track-day fan, Ford offers a GT Performance Package which turns the GT into a serious handling machine thanks to added parts such as heavy-duty front springs, a K-brace, unique chassis tuning, and a larger rear sway bar.
It goes without saying that a 460-hp V8 muscle car will use a fair amount of fuel. This could be considered a quirky attribute or a financial worry, but at the end of the day, there's no getting around that fact. The EPA says that the 2021 Mustang GT Convertible will manage best figures of 15/23/18 mpg when fitted with the ten-speed automatic transmission on the city/highway/combined cycles. The EPA has not released any figures for the six-speed manual. The Chevrolet Camaro SS with its larger 6.2-liter V8 will manage a slightly better 20 mpg combined when equipped with its own automatic gearbox. Driving the GT as it should be driven will see those numbers drop significantly. Its 16-gallon fuel tank gives it a range of only 288 miles in mixed driving conditions.
All two-door Mustang convertibles offer good space for the front passengers, but adults can forget about having a good time in the rear, as there is simply no legroom. We'd suggest using the rear seat for extra storage or for transporting kids. The front seats are beautifully supportive, and in the GT, they feature six-way power adjustment for the driver's seat with power lumbar support and a four-way power seat for the front passenger. Forward visibility is good, but with the top up, rearward visibility can become an issue. Thankfully, Ford provides a rearview camera with a reverse sensing system.
It might love gas more than a Juggalo loves Faygo, but the Mustang GT convertible is still a relatively practical car. Pop open the trunk, and you'll be greeted by a handy 11.4 cubic feet of space, which is enough space for a pop-up tent, some camping chairs, and a few groceries, or just a ton of Whiteclaw. The Coupe, by comparison, offers 13.5 cubic feet, so the sacrifice for that soft-top isn't all that bad. Competitors such as the Chevy Camaro convertible only provide 7.3 cubic feet to put things into perspective. Small items can be stored in the glovebox, door pockets, or small center console storage bin. The front occupants each get a cup holder as well.
The GT is exclusively available in Premium trim, which means you get a few more goodies than the rather barebones base model 'Stang. Remote keyless entry, active noise cancellation, and Intelligent Access with push-button start are a few of the contemporary tech features you can expect to see. Ambient interior lighting, dual-zone climate control, and a reverse sensing system also make the list. Ford's Co-Pilot360 adds a ton of driver assistance tech such as blind-spot assistance with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, driver alert, pre-collision assist with auto braking, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warning.
For those who would rather drown out the sound of that V8, Ford includes a decent nine-speaker sound system. It can be accessed via the eight-inch touchscreen display that also features Pinch-to-Zoom and swipe capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, enhanced Voice Recognition, AppLink, 911 Assist, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto Compatibility and two Smart-Charging USB ports. Ford's SYNC 3 operating system is easy to get to grips with and is primarily bug-free. The $2,200 401A package adds a 12-inch digital instrument cluster with MyColor, along with a voice-activated navigation system.
The Mustang GT Convertible sports car is a model that's considered to be reliable by most, and J.D. Power gives the GT Premium Convertible a solid 88 out of one hundred for quality and reliability, and while the 2021 model is recall-free, the 2020 model has had a few issues including ones for braking system issues, a misaligned front-facing camera, and a faulty automatic transmission position indicator. Ford will cover the open-top Mustang GT with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile drivetrain warranty.
The NHTSA is yet to fully review the 2021 model, but has given it a full five out of five stars for rollover protection. The IIHS give the vehicle a good score for front and side crash protection, as well as for head restraints and seats. The 2021 Mustang comes with a significant advantage: Ford's Co-Pilot system is now standard and includes tech such as lane keep assist, forward-collision warning, pre-collision assist with auto braking, blind-spot assistance with rear cross-traffic alert, driver alert, and pedestrian detection. Passive safety tech includes six airbags including driver and front passenger knee airbags.
Few other American sports cars offer such an outstanding balance of power, handling, practicality, and value. The Mustang family is a talented one, and the GT is one of our favorites: with tons of power available from its 5.0-liter engine and an entertaining chassis, it's a pleasure to live with and can actually be used for the daily commute. When driven with enthusiasm, the GT delivers on its name with sharp turn-in and lots of grip. The added GT Performance package turns it into a seriously capable drop-top track day. The interior is well built, and despite some small pieces that feel somewhat cheap, it's a comfortable place to sit in. The fact that Ford has made its Co-Pilot driver assistance suite standard across all models is also a big bonus and makes the GT a more rational purchase. Do you love the USA, the sun, the wind, and V8s? Get a GT.
Getting behind the wheel of a brand new Mustang GT Convertible muscle car won't cost you an arm and a leg; in fact, the price of one of these high-performance machines is relatively affordable. With an MSRP of $45,620 excluding tax, registration, and a destination fee of $1,195 in the US, the Mustang GT convertible is $2,120 more expensive than the Chevy Camaro 1SS Convertible but is $2,880 cheaper than the 2SS. Good used models with low mileage can be found for sale at around the low $30k mark. You can quickly inflate the price of the 2021 Mustang GT Convertible with a few options.
There's only one model, so the options list will become your best friend. If we were the ones buying, we'd go for an Antimatter Blue paint job and add the Black Accent Package for $995. For added safety, we would include the Ford Safe and Smart Package, which includes adaptive cruise control and a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system with SiriusXM with pinch-to-zoom capabilities, Traffic, and Travel Link. The GT Performance Package might be a bit of a stretch at $6,295, but those looking for the ultimate driving experience should definitely look at this option. Not only does it add chassis improvements, but it also adds larger wheels, sticky tires, a big Brembo brake kit, a larger radiator, and an improved rear differential.
The Mustang's age-old nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro, is also available in convertible guise and closely matches the Mustang when it comes to engine options, performance, and price. The closest competitor to the V8 GT will be the Camaro SS Convertible. This Chevy packs a 455-hp and 455 lb-ft punch from its 6.2-liter V8 engine and sends that power to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual or ten-speed automatic, just like the Mustang. The Camaro is a joy to drive, and both cars are equally as enjoyable to live with daily. The Camaro is similarly sized, but the Mustang offers more space in nearly every category and dominates in terms of trunk space. The Camaro's interior is on par with the Ford in terms of build quality, but the Ford offers more standard features. The Mustang might be a hair more expensive, but it's the easier car to live with on a daily basis.
Ford offers the Mustang in many configurations, with the EcoBoost being the baby of the bunch. So what do you get at the bottom of the range? The same good looks, practicality, and value for money, only with less power and better gas mileage. The EcoBoost is powered by a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 310 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Power is sent to the rear via a six-speed manual or ten-speed auto transmission. The EcoBoost isn't as rapid, but it never feels slow, and for most, the low-down turbo shove of torque will be more pleasing on a day-to-day basis. The EcoBoost is offered in base and Premium trim levels, with the GT Convertible sharing the EcoBoost Premium's feature list. If you don't need all that V8 power, then the EcoBoost is a great alternative.
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