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2008 Mustang Overview

2008 Mustang GT Convertible
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2008 - More Standard Features & Personalized Options

  • Standard Safety. Side air bags were now standard on all Mustang models.
  • New Features. Available interior ambient lighting and HID headlamps.
  • New Design elements. Three new colors and available 18-inch premium wheels on the V-6.
  • Warriors in Pink Package. Added to Mustang's lineup.

New for 2008 was a limited-edition Warriors in Pink Mustang - designed in support of  and in celebration of Susan G. Komen for the Cure's 25th Anniversary, the vehicle featured unique pink exterior and interior design accents. Sales from the Warriors in Pink edition helped raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Highlights include: Pink ribbon and Pony fender badge; Pink "Mustang" rocker tape stripe; Charcoal leather seats and Charcoal floor mats with Pink contrast stitching; Leather-wrapped aluminum spoke steering wheel with Pink contrast stitching; Unique Pony grille with chrome bezel and fog lamps.

All 2008 Mustangs were built in Flat Rock, Mich.

Equipment Packages
Mustang continued to offer the following packages for 2008.

  • The Pony Package, available on the V-6 model, first launched in 2006. It featured a GT-handling package that includes a larger front stabilizer bar, the addition of a rear stabilizer bar and P235/55ZR17 tires on painted cast-aluminum wheels. Also included were bright, machined rims and unique tri-bar Pony center caps. Further touches included fog lights, Pony front fender badges, lower door tape stripe, carpeted front floor mats with special brushed chrome “Mustang” logos and a rear spoiler.
  • The Mustang GT California Special was available on GT Premium models and included 18-inch wheels, side scoops, unique tape stripes, rolled bright exhaust tips, black leather trimmed seats with unique "Cal Special" contrasting Dove or Parchment leather inserts, a larger air intake, a chin spoiler (1.5 inches lower than GT), and unique front and rear fascias.
  • A GT Appearance Package was available for the Mustang GT featuring rolled exhaust tips, an engine cover with a Pony emblem and a hood scoop.
  • The California Special and GT Appearance Package could be ordered separately or combined.

Customizable Interior
Mustang's industry-first MyColor color-configurable instrument panel continued to be offered, which a;llowed Mustang owners to mix and match lighting to create more than 125 color backgrounds.

  • For 2008 an available interior ambient lighting package was offered. This offered the option of illuminating the front and rear footwells and front cupholders with any one of seven colors. The driver or front passenger could choose from red, orange, blue, indigo, violet, green and yellow.
  • Chrome-ringed air vents were still aligned vertically across the dash, and the steering wheel had three spokes with a center hub marked by the horse and tricolor bars logo, echoing the design of the 1967 Mustang.
  • Other standard features were an auxiliary audio input jack, one-touch up-down power windows, power mirrors, keyless entry and power locks, a heated rear window, interval wipers, air conditioning, speed control and a CD player. Available interior options included SIRIUS ® Satellite Radio, heated front seats, voice-activated navigation and a Shaker 1000 premium audio system.

Power and Performance

  • The GT's 4.6-liter aluminum V-8 continued with three valve heads and 300 horsepower.
  • The Mustang's standard engine is a 60-degree, 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6  - produces 210 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque.
  • Both engines were paired with a standard 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed automatic, which provided a off-the-line jump and good highway fuel economy.


  • At the front suspension, MacPherson struts with reverse “L” lower control arms.
  • Three-link rear suspension has a lightweight, tubular Panhard rod that provided precise control of the rear axle. This technology stabilized the rear axle as the wheels move, particularly during hard cornering.
  • The standard four-wheel disc brakes had the biggest rotors and stiffest calipers ever fitted to a mainstream Mustang. At the frong, twin-piston aluminum calipers and 12.4-inch ventilated front brake discs on GT models. In the rear, the brake rotors are 11.8 inches in diameter.
  • A four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with traction control was standard on GT models and available on V-6 models. It used electronic sensors to constantly monitor road conditions and feed the information to a dedicated control computer that was capable of determining within milliseconds whether the vehicle is on dry pavement or negotiating a slippery surface. When traction control wasn’t desired, drivers could deactivate the system with a button on the instrument panel.

Safety and Security

  • The 2008 Mustang added standard side air bags. Along with the addition of seat-mounted thorax side air bags, safety features also include dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags, safety belt pretensioners, seat weight sensing system for the passenger seat and crash severity sensing.
  • An optional active anti-theft package offered customers an added level of security. It included a sensing module to guard against tow-away thefts, an interior motion sensor to detect smash-and-grab break-ins, a separate alarm sounder - in addition to the vehicle horn - to thwart thieves trying to disable the horn, and a high-capacity, 60-ampere-hour battery that sounded the alarm longer.

Major Features and Options

  • V-6 Deluxe: Auxiliary audio input jack; One-touch up-down power windows; Power mirrors and door locks; Keyless entry; air conditioning; AM/FM audio system with single CD; Tilt steering wheel; Speed control; Rear window defroster; Stainless steel exhaust; 16-inch wheels; Four-wheel power disc brakes; Cloth bucket seats with 50/50 split-fold rear on coupe models; Seat-mounted side air bags; LATCH; Personal Safety System®; SecuriLock ®; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
  • V-6 Premium added: 16-inch, painted bright machined-aluminum wheels with chrome spinner; Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD changer and MP3 capability; Six-way power-adjustable driver seat.
  • GT Deluxe added: 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; and AM/FM audio system with single CD.
  • GT Premium added: Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD player; and Aberdeen leather-trimmed, Embossed sport bucket seats.
  • Options included: Ambient interior lighting; GT California Special Package; GT Appearance Package; Comfort Group; Shaker 1000 premium audio system; SIRIUS® Satellite Radio; Touch-screen navigation system; V-6 Pony Package; Interior Upgrade Package with satin-aluminum trim or dark aluminum trim and MyColor custom instrument panel; Sport Interior Appearance Package; Premier Trim with Color Accent Package, Sport Exterior Appearance Package; Five-speed automatic transmission; Two styles of 18-inch, cast-aluminum wheels; Active anti-theft system
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