Mustangs weren’t always terribly quick, but these new models certainly are. Even the entry-level 2.3-litre Ecoboost produces in excess of 300bhp from four turbocharged cylinders, while the 5.0-litre V8 thumps out 409bhp. True, swapping the Fastback’s fixed roof for a folding soft-top adds to the kerb weight, but with the latest Mustang designed to be a convertible from the start, the 60kg penalty isn’t as great as you might expect.
Put the pedal to the metal in either model and the bonnet gently rises as the Mustang surges forward, more like a powerboat than a car. With the roof lowered, the wind gently blowing around your neck, and the open road yours for the taking, it’s not difficult to see the appeal of a Mustang Convertible, even if rivals are ultimately sharper to drive.