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17 to 19-Inch Wheels
The new Mustang offers a revamped wheel lineup, ranging from the standard
17-inch wheels for V6 all the way up to 19-inch optional wheels on the GT and V6
Performance Package. With updated designs, the wheels also offer new finishes
and touches for a more powerful appearance.
There are two different finishes on the 17-inch wheel - machined-aluminum and
painted. Three optional V6 wheels include an 18-inch polished aluminum set, an
updated 18-inch painted aluminum and a 19-inch painted wheel design, with a new
theme for the V6 Performance Package.
The standard 18-inch painted aluminum wheel on both GT and premium GT is an
evolution of the five-spoke design. The 19-inch optional GT wheel comes with a
gloss-black finish with machined face for a more sinister look.
Also new on V6 and GT are optional leather-trimmed or cloth Recaro seats that
are currently available on the Shelby GT500 and Boss 302. Designed to enhance
the high-performance driving experience, lateral bolsters in the cushion and
seatback are used to ensure drivers have the support needed on the track during
hard cornering and to deliver a comfortable ride.
The seats also come complete with integrated head restraints with ample room for
drivers and passengers wearing helmets when at the track. Openings on the
seatback are included for customers looking to create performance setups for
their car on track days. The Recaro seats are the result of a global team effort
led by SVT along with the Mustang engineering group in North America, Team RS in
Europe and Recaro.
New Driving Technologies
The 2013 Mustang V6 can be specified with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic
transmission. This advanced control strategy offers the driver a choice between
fully automatic operation and manual control. The system is controlled with a
selector button on the side of the shifter. The shifter has been upgraded for
2013 with more modern style and improved accessibility.
"This lets owners take an automatic out on a track day or whenever they want to
drive sportier, and lets them have the convenience of switching to manual
control," said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. "It's a
significant improvement to our powertrain offerings that lets the driver take
This capability makes the Mustang experience sporty yet smooth. Unlike some
competitors' transmissions, SelectShift won't second-guess the driver with an
override shift. With SelectShift, manual control is truly manually controlled.
The V6 Performance Package is now available on automatic Mustangs for the first
Hill start assist makes its debut on manually equipped Mustangs. This feature
helps keep the car from rolling backward, making it easier to pull away when on
a slope or hill. With the brake pedal pressed, if sensors detect the car is on a
slope, the system is automatically activated. Brake pressure is held in the
braking system and the car remains stationary on the slope for up to two seconds
after the driver releases the brake pedal.
A new 4.2-inch LCD productivity screen that lets customers access information
related to fuel economy and vehicle performance also makes its debut on Mustang.
The screen is navigated through a five-way control button located on the
steering wheel and offers Track Apps, which delivers performance metrics for
drivers right from the factory. The app measures g forces, shows acceleration
times in quarter-mile and 0-60 increments, and displays braking times, complete
with automatic and countdown starts.
The 2013 Mustang also offers customers two new audio systems for even better
sound quality for incredible clarity and crispness. The optional Shaker system
comes with eight speakers and pumps out 370 watts of power. The upgraded Shaker
Pro offers nine speakers and delivers 550 watts of power.
The 2013 Ford Mustang will be built at AutoAlliance International Plant in Flat
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