2016 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

Still about half a year more before we get the pony trotting in, but over in the US, Ford has announced that its 2016 model year Ford Mustang GT fastback and convertible will be getting new packages, the inclusion of SYNC 3 as well as a nod to heritage.

The homage piece of kit is a hood vent-integrated indicator, which will be standard on the GT – the secondary indicators in the hood vents were first seen on the 1967 Mustang, so there’s plenty of nostalgia, for sure.

The automaker’s new SYNC 3 infotainment system is also set to go on the 2016 car, replacing the current SYNC 2. Aside from this, next year’s S550 will also see the return of the California Special Package and Pony Package, two iconic Mustang trim levels made popular in the 1960s.

The California Special Package can be had with the Mustang GT Premium, and kit in that bag includes 19-inch ebony-painted machined aluminium wheels, hood and stripes, black pedestal spoiler, a unique faux gas cap and dark tail lamp accents.

The pack also dresses up the car with a performance front splitter, black-painted side mirrors/hood vents, a special grilled with tri-bar only logo and a strut tower brace with California Special badging.

The interior, meanwhile, features Ebony leather/Miko suede seat inserts with red contrast stitching and embossed logo as well as a dedicated aluminium dashboard finish complete with a California Special badge.

As for the Pony Pack, that one is for the Mustang EcoBoost Premium – equipment for the 2.3 litre turbo four in that pack includes 19-inch polished aluminium wheels, tri-bar pony logo on the grille, side stripes and chrome window surrounds.

2016 Ford Mustang GT

The GT, which is powered by a 5.0 litre Coyote V8, also gets a Black Accent Package, which features special 19-inch black-painted alloy wheels, a black decklid spoiler, dark taillamp trim and 5.0 and pony logos all done in, you guessed it, black.

Several other new options, including new stripes and wheels, allow owners to individualise their pony car. Returning to the sixth-generation Mustang are over-the-top racing stripes – in black or silver – direct from the factory, available with most exterior colours. There’s also a painted black roof option for both the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang and 5.0 litre Mustang GT.

Lastly, for 2016, the Mustang GT convertible with a manual transmission will be able to order with a Performance Pack, which brings unique chassis tuning, six-piston Brembo front brake calipers, a 3.73 ratio Torsen limited-slip differential and 19×9-inch front, 19×9.5-inch rear ebony-painted aluminium wheels, among other things.