For years, the conventional wisdom was that the entry-level model of Ford’s Mustang was the choice of secretaries (excuse me, “administrative assistants”), college girls and rental car fleets. Oh, and let’s not forget old geezers who favored the V6 Mustang convertible for slow cruising on the boulevards of Florida. Any red-blooded American male worth the Alpha honorific who desired a Mustang opted for a GT model with the requisite V8 engine. Things have changed. Time to push the conventional Ford pony car wisdom out the door along with your father’s Oldsmobile. We have technology and the product planners at Ford Motor Company to thank for it.
Let me admit my pro-Ford bias up front. I’ve always been a Ford guy, and the blue oval company’s decision to go it alone, rather than run to Uncle Sam for bailout money a couple of years back like GM and Chrysler did, only served to confirm my bias.