What is it?
We’ve previously sampled a Mustang Convertible and we were not totally convinced. Partly to blame was the car’s engine: the 2.3-litre Ecoboost may be a strong performer, but it lacked the aural fireworks you might expect from an all-American automotive institution.
So surely ticking the box for the 5.0-litre V8 should be the answer to all our woes? There’s certainly plenty of power: 410bhp guarantees serious performance even with the additional weight of a folding top and chassis bracing.
There is the worry that it could all be a little too much for the soft-top Mustang, though - after all, even the Ecoboost-powered convertible could be lairy at times. We’ve tried the manual and automatic in the UK to find out.
What's it like?
Thumbing the red starter button, you can’t help but smile as the V8 woofles into life. There’s no doubt that it completes the Mustang experience, and it’s no surprise at all to hear that 68% of buyers - and there are plenty of those - have opted for the 5.0-litre engine option.
Although it’ll tickle along at a little over 1000rpm, it needs a few revs on the clock to feel properly quick. Keep the revs high, however, and the Mustang will push you back into the seat with a satisfying amount of force while emitting a brutish roar.
In a straight line it’s hard to feel short-changed even if it’s not quite as rapid as the coupé, but the V8 Convertible is still not as accomplished as the hard-top when it comes to cornering.
The open-topped version feels softer, both in suspension stiffness and structural integrity. Hit a few bumps and you see the rear view mirror jiggle in your peripheral vision and feel the car shudder slightly. Turn-in isn’t as sharp as that of the coupé either.
While the Mustang will understeer, it seems to spend far more time twitching its rear end. In the dry, you can deploy a lot of the V8’s power without too much drama, apart from some slight movement of the back axle.
Try the same when it’s wet or even slightly damp, and the rear of the car is prone to stepping out even with the traction control switched on. Thankfully it’s easy to catch, but it's still a surprise that isn't always welcome.