The soundtrack from the rumbling V8 reverberated through the hills and valleys. There’s no replacement for displacement, especially when it’s naturally aspirated with no turbochargers to muffle the enthusiasm emitted from the rear tailpipes.
During these cold winter days what could be nicer than escaping on a road trip to southern California in a California Special Edition Mustang GT convertible. And that’s exactly what we did, landing at the Los Angeles International airport, picking up our 5-litre V8 American muscle car and hitting the road. We dropped the top and headed straight to the ocean and up the coast to our two destinations—Santa Barbara and Westlake Village.
Front-engine, rear-wheel drive, 6-Speed SelectShift® Automatic with Paddle Shifters
5.0L V8, aluminum block, sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
5.0L (302 cu. In.)
435 @ 6500 rpm
400 @ 4250 rpm
4.6 seconds, as tested
264 kph / 164 mph
4783 mm / 188.3 in
1,915 mm / 75.4 in
2,720 mm / 107.1 in
1,771 kgs / 3,904 lbs
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