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2002 Mustang Overview

The 2002 Mustang GT Convertible
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New for 2002

2002 Ford Mustang

  • New audio options put Mustang at the forefront of technology: both the MACH 1000 audio system with speed-sensitive radio and MP3/CD radio were offered.
  • Updated Sport Appearance Group for V-6
  • 16-inch wheels and tires standard on V-6
  • Overhead storage net in headliner on coupe models
  • Four-way head restraints.
  • Available Nudo leather seating surfaces.
  • Colors added: Satin Silver Clearcoat Metallic, Torch Red.


Mustang was available in two body styles, coupe and convertible.

  • For 2002, high-tech sound systems boosted the performance of Mustang's cabin environment. Audiophiles were delighted with the option of a speed-sensitive, Mach 1000 audio system with a 6-disc, In-dash CD Changer. The Mach 1000 delivered 570-watts RMS (1,140-watts peak power) with a 60-watt parametrically equalized amplifier, six 85-watt subwoofer amplifiers, four subwoofer speakers, four midrange tweeters and two 10-inch, trunk-mounted, acoustic suspension subwoofer enclosures.
  • Mustang was available with an MP3 CD-player that played regular or MP3 CDs with bit rates of 56K to 320 bps.
  • The high-volume V-6 Mustang came standard with 16-inch bright aluminum wheels with exposed lugs.


The 2002 Mustang retained key styling cues from the original. The traditional chromed pony and corral emblem adorned the grille, and vertical tail lamps featured the signature tri-bar design. Interior cues included the original Mustang's traditional dual cockpit design.

Comfort and Convenience

  • Standard comfort and convenience features included air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt-steering column, full-length center floor console, remote keyless entry system and interval windshield wipers.
  • Reclining cloth front bucket seats were standard, as were 50/50 split-folding rear seatbacks on coupe models.
  • A six-way power driver's seat was available, as were leather-trimmed bucket seats. Optional upgraded Nudo leather was available for 2002.
  • An interior overhead storage net was added to all coupes.
  • The Mustang convertible featured a power retractable fabric top with a hydraulic system that allowed for quick raising and lowering.
  • The convertible top featured a scratch-resistant glass rear window and black semi-hard boot, which protected the top from dust when lowered, and provided an aerodynamic exterior appearance.


  • The standard Mustang engine was a 3.8-liter OHV V-6, producing 193 horsepower at 5,550 rpm and 228 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,800 rpm. The engine featured split-port induction, which helped optimize fuel economy, along with enhanced-flow cylinder heads and anti-friction piston coatings.
  • GT models were fitted with a 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 that produced 260 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 302 foot-pounds of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine featured large valves, equal-length intake manifold runners, and cams with high lift and long duration to increase engine air intake for increased horsepower.
  • A coil-on-plug ignition system provided improved ignition control for more consistent starting.
  • Combustion chambers were shaped for optimum power and fuel efficiency.
  • Aluminum upper main, upper thrust and rod bearings helped to improve engine durability.
  • The Mustang GT used the Tremec TR3650 manual transmission with a new 5th gear ratio for improved fuel economy.
  • The 4.6L engines were recalibrated for 2002 to meet emissions regulations.
  • An electronic returnless fuel system used a high-pressure pump to deliver fuel directly to the injectors at variable pressure, adjusted to meet the precise demand. Eliminating the fuel return line from the engine to the fuel tank reduced fuel tank vapor and evaporative emissions.

Ride and Handling.
Mustang's rear-wheel drive layout provided excellent performance feel and handling response.

  • Mustang used a modified MacPherson strut front suspension to allow each wheel to react to road imperfections independently, while it had a weight balance of 57 percent front, 43 percent rear.
  • Four-bar link rear suspension and power rack-and-pinion steering are standard on all Mustang models.
  • A traction-lock rear axle, standard on the GT, transfered driving force to the rear wheel with the best traction for improved performance on slippery or uneven surfaces, or under strong acceleration.

Safety and Security

  • The 2002 Mustang featured front outboard restraints, with pretensioners to tighten the safety belts in the first moments of a crash, and energy management retractors that gradually slackened the safety belt if necessary to reduce the force of the belt on the occupant's chest.
  • BeltMinder provided a gentle reminder to the driver to buckle up.
  • Antilock braking system and four-wheel disc brakes enhanced stopping power, while all-speed traction control harnessed dynamic forces.
  • A second-generation air bag restraint system provided occupant protection in certain frontal collisions.
  • The Mustang was fitted with an emergency trunk release handle and child seat top tether anchors.
  • The SecuriLockâ„¢ passive anti-theft system scans an encoded chip embedded in the proper ignition key to help prevent a thief from starting the engine.
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