Jim Smart
April 1, 2000
Contributers: Jeff Ford Photos By: Mustang Monthly Archives
The interior was all new for 1987 as well, though it would look practically the same from here on out. Note the 85-mph speedo.

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger 1.3-inch sway bar up front as well as a 0.83-inch rear sway bar), 16x7-inch soft star wheel or optional 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Rear Gear: 2.73 (standard on five-speed), 3.08 (optional on five-speed), 2.73 standard on AODE-equipped cars, 3.27 (optional on AOD-equipped cars). All engines were backed with an 8.8-inch Traction-Lok differential.

Quick Facts: The '94-'95 GTs were something of a disappointment to the performance-buying public. Ford had delivered a product that looked good, but its performance was off due to a squished intake. To the average Joe on the streets, this was an unwelcome step backward to 215 horses-especially since buyers were hungry for the 5.0 to go to at least 230. Of course, Ford had some tricks left in the bag that would be unveiled in 1996. But that did little to slake the thirst of the power-hungry 5.0 owner.

One advantage to the new SN-95 chassis was the new stiffer convertible. The car no longer felt as though it was going to come apart at the A-pillar. Instead, it felt tight-giving the driver added confidence. One disadvantage was the added weight that the stiffer chassis brought with it. Couple that with the lower performance figures and the car was now slower than its older siblings.

The '90 GT convertible resembles the '87 convertible, with the exception of the short headrest.

'96-'98 GT Package
Body Styles: Coupe, convertible

Body: Foglamps (in bumper/air dam), unique pedestal mount rear spoiler and GT badging, dual exhaust with polished stainless exhaust tips. These model years were available in the full Mustang color line.

Interior: Ford Sport seats. Available colors were tan, black, and gray. Leather continued to be an upscale order item for the Mustang. Color choices were tan and black.

Engine: SEFI 4.6 H.O. V-8.

The place where the revolution started.

Transmission: Five-speed, wide-ratio automatic overdrive (4R70W).

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger 1.3-inch sway bar up front as well as a 0.83-inch rear sway bar), 16x7-inch soft star wheel or optional 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.

Rear Gear: 2.73 (standard on five-speed), 3.08 (optional on five-speed), 2.73 standard on 4R70W-equipped cars, 3.27 (optional on 4R70W- equipped cars). All engines were backed with an 8.8-inch Traction-Lok differential.

Quick Facts: The jury is still out on the 4.6 but Ford has to always look to the future. The 4.6, or a derivative of it, is just that. The midyears are some of the best for the GT-4.6 or not.

Oh, look, new wheels. This also brought out new front fenders-not that you could tell.

Unlike those of us who are rabid performance fanatics, most buyers didn't (and don't) care about the lack of tunablility, or that the 4.6 is not what the 5.0 was. They liked the added boost of the V-8 and were little concerned with the facts as the performance faithful saw them. So we guess that it falls back to the GT mystique again.

"Soft" is the most often heard phrase surrounding the '96-'98 GTs performance. Sales started to soften up as well. Obviously, Ford knew that the '96-'98 body style was getting tired and that it would have to do something. Better things were on the way, and in 1999 Ford would pump up the volume with a revised 4.6.

'99-2000 GT Package
Body Styles: Coupe, convertible

Body: Foglamps (in bumper/air dam), unique pedestal mount rear spoiler, and GT badging, dual exhaust with polished stainless exhaust tips. Once again-like the original car-these model years were available in the full Mustang color line.

New styling shot sales well beyond the 100,000 mark in 1994.

Interior: New Ford Sport seats. Available colors were tan, black, and gray. Leather continued to be an upscale order item for the Mustang. Color choices were tan and black.

Engine: SEFI 4.6 H.O. V-8.

Transmission: Five-speed, wide-ratio automatic overdrive 4R70W.

Chassis: Special handling package (heavy-duty springs and shocks, larger 28mm tubular sway bar up front as well as a 23mm solid rear sway bar), 16x7-inch soft star wheel or optional 17-inch painted aluminum wheels.