The Ford Mustang is one of the most iconic of American muscle cars. It has undergone countless changes over the years and it has been edging closer to perfection bit by bit. The 2000 Mustang was right there among the best iterations of this car.
There are two main versions of the 2000 Ford Mustang. The base version has a 3.8-liter V6 engine that is capable of producing 190 horsepower. It is mated to a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive possible. The second version is the Mustang GT and has a 4.6-liter V8 engine that can produce 260 horsepower. The car has a 5-speed manual transmission also with overdrive. Both these vehicles have coupes and convertible versions. Apart from the standard versions, there is a version dubbed the Cobra which is a high-performance variant.
For this car, Ford decided to redesign the 1999 model in order to make it appear more muscular. This was achieved by designing it with chiseled lines. The fender air intake at the back was doubled in size compared to the previous generation mustang. The corners in the 2000 model are more pronounced just like the rocker panels, wheel arches, and fenders. There is also a prominent hood scoop which is not functional but it adds a lot of personality to the car.
The interior of the car underwent few changes compared to the exterior. The only prominent change is that the 2000 Ford Mustang has child seat anchors. The quality of materials was an improvement compared to the previous model. The seat foam is better for long drives. The seat tracks have been increased by one inch in order to make room for taller drivers. The seat belts were attached to the seat in order to make it more convenient to move seats with the seat belts on. The back seat of the car is still small and an adult would have a difficult time getting in or sitting comfortably. All the cars came with a 80-watt premium sound system that can have either of two combinations: CD/cassette or CD/radio.
Performance is what people are mostly interested in when they buy powerful muscle cars. Let’s get straight to that. The Mustang GT has a 4.6-liter V8 engine and would be great if you are looking for punchy performance. The Cobra version has a better performance but is quite rare since the company produced only a few of those. The Mustang GT has revised manifolds, larger valves, new intake manifold runners, and a coil-on-plug ignition. It also has a much better sounding exhaust system when you put your foot down. On the other hand, the 3.8-liter engine performs quite better than the previous model.
The car has good grip when cornering hard and the traction control system offers much assistance. The suspension is better than the previous year model because it has more travel and less choppiness. The 450 pound per inch springs from the previous version were swapped out for 250 pound per inch ones. This makes the ride much smoother and also improved steering response. Overall, the car is more comfortable to drive and is also quieter than both the older version and competing cars.