2002 Mustang New Car Test Drive
Recently voted America's favorite car of all time, the 37-year-old Ford Mustang just seems to roll along like a runaway freight train, headed for a certain future. Each year brings new surprises and delights to about 200,000 new owners. The latest delight is the 2003 SVT Cobra.
This will be the last year of production for the Mustang's archrivals, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. That means the Mustang, which created the ponycar in the spring of 1964, will once again be alone in this segment in 2003.
With the new Cobra closing in on 400 horsepower and the Camaro and Firebird bowing out, the Mustang's future looks as bright as the sun.
Mustang comes in two body styles, coupe and convertible.
Model year 2002 is characterized by a raft of minor changes for the Mustang and Mustang GT models. The big news is the addition of a brand-new SVT Cobra coupe and convertible with an amazing 70 horsepower and 70 foot-pounds of torque more than the previous Cobra.
Mustang buyers can now choose among the base V6 coupe ($17,305) or V6 convertible ($22,745), the V8 GT coupe ($22,965) or GT convertible ($27,220), the SVT Cobra coupe ($34,995) or SVT Cobra convertible ($36,995).
Mustang base models offer a choice of three packages: Standard, Deluxe ($605), or Premium ($1720). GT and Convertible models are packaged as Deluxe or Premium ($2585). Cobras come with the kitchen sink. In the base, GT and SVT Cobra models, there's quite a bit of new equipment for 2002.
Audiophiles have the option of a new, speed-sensitive, Mach 1000 audio system with a six-disc in-dash CD changer. The Mach 1000 system, an upgrade of the previous Mach 460 stereo in the Mustang, delivers 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. The 2002 Mustang also is available with an MP3 CD-player.
There's more. The popular V6 Mustang adds standard 16-inch bright aluminum wheels with exposed lugs. There's a new, updated Sport Appearance Group for V6 models, an overhead storage net in the headliner on coupe models, new four-way head restraints, optional Nudo leather seating surfaces, and two new colors added: Satin Silver Clearcoat Metallic, and Torch Red.
Standard equipment on all Mustangs includes air conditioning, power windows and door locks, tilt-steering column, a floor console, remote keyless entry system and interval windshield wipers. Reclining cloth front bucket seats are standard, as are 50/50 split-folding rear seatbacks on coupe models. A six-way power driver's seat is available, as are leather-trimmed bucket seats.
Convertibles feature a power top with a scratch-resistant glass rear window. A black semi-hard boot protects the top and provides a slick top-down appearance.