Last month, we told you that Ford had offered to build Autoblog a Mustang and let us test-drive it for a month. We asked you to help us configure the car — and a lot of you eagerly cast your ballots.
The results were not entirely surprising. You chose a fastback instead of a convertible. You chose a GT Premium V8 over an EcoBoost turbo four. And you ran the table with an upgraded equipment package, Performance Package, and Magnaride suspension.
Two areas stood out:
Readers at first heavily favored the six-speed manual transmission, by 30 or 40 percentage points. That’s no surprise. But as voting went on, the new 10-speed automatic made a strong showing, ending just 8 percentage points behind the manual. (By the way, we made a point of not cluing you in to the running ballot totals, to keep the vote as honest as we could.) Even though the manual prevailed in the voting, we considered the surprisingly high level of reader curiosity regarding the automatic and decided to order that transmission. Like a lot of you, we’re curious about it too. Once we have the car, we hope to get an opportunity to test it against a Mustang GT that’s equipped with the stick.
But the closest race was for color. As you can see from the vote totals below, Orange Fury was the narrow winner, besting Magnetic Gray by just 18 votes. Kona Blue was a close third. Meanwhile, we got to see an Orange Fury Mustang at the Woodward Dream Cruise (video below), and a lot of you probably saw it there too. Seeing it in the flesh reassured us that it’s pretty great. So, orange it is.
In addition to the equipment we asked you about, we also added the $1,495 Safe & Smart Package. It includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot information system, lane keeping, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
MSRP for the car as ordered, including destination charges, is $51,470.
Thanks for taking part. We’ll let you know when the car arrives, and we’ll have lots of stories to come about our time with it.