Maybe it was the Giugiaro Concept,or maybe they feel the need to spice things up since Ford’s “shock and awe” barrage of last year’s special edition Mustangs is wearing off. Maybe it was the promise of a refreshed Mustang each year, or maybe it’s the 200% increase in large sunroof productions in the last five years. Or maybe it was because the Corvette did it?
We don’t care why, but it’s cool – well other than the 130 degree interior temps in the summer, but who’s splitting hairs? If the coupe or convertible roof options don’t do anything for your libido, maybe a factory installed glass roof will. For an addcompromising the coupe’s versatility, headroom or climate-controlled environment
“Mustang is an icon in our product lineup, and we are committed to keeping Mustang news fresh every year,” said Derrick Kuzak, Ford’s group vice president, Global Product Development. “As the automotive landscape becomes increasingly competitive, features such as a panoramic glass roof will help differentiate our products from the competition.”
The Nitty Gritty
Tinted privacy glass is wrapped over a coupe like body, maintaining the structural integrity of the Mustang. To keep things nice and cool in those aforementioned hot days, the tint cuts down on the sun’s nasty infrared rays and cuts vehicle cool down in half. A manual roller blind is built in, allowing owners to further control exposure on sunny days.
The specially formulated glass also protects interior fabric material from solar radiation deterioration and discoloration by reducing solar light transmittance. To help improve acoustics and Mustang’s interior quietness, the glass also features a layer of vinyl that reduces noise, vibration and harshness.
The glass itself is safety glass, meaning that it shatters without sharp or jagged edges. Assembly takes place at the Automotive Alliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan and installation happens at Ford’s adjacent vehicle personalization facility.
How Bad Do You Want It?
For the low low price of $1,995, “the new glass roof allows Mustang customers to let the sun shine in for half the price of moving up from a coupe to a convertible.” It available as an option on both the V-6 Mustang and Mustang GT beginning next summer.