Hood blinkers are back! 2016 Ford Mustang gets retro turn signals, new appearance packages and more

Willie Grace | 5/12/2015, 10:46 a.m.
The sixth-generation Ford Mustang has a lot going for it, but one thing it's been sorely lacking is hood-mounted secondary ...
For the new model year, the 2016 Ford Mustang GT gets retro-inspired hood-mounted turn signal indicators. The California Special, Black Accent and Pony appearance packages also join the lineup. Further, Ford says it will offer the Performance Package to buyers of the 2016 Ford Mustang GT convertible.

Performance Pack will be offered for 2016 Mustang GT Convertibles

The sixth-generation Ford Mustang has a lot going for it, but one thing it's been sorely lacking is hood-mounted secondary turn signal indicators. ‘Least that’s what we’ve been saying around the office. Why should the Mopar guys get to have all the fun with retro-inspired accessories of questionable functionality?

Well, we're pleased to report that hood blinkers are back on the 2016 Mustang. It's a nice nod to pony car heritage, with hood-mounted turn signal indicators first appearing on a Mustang back in 1967. They're standard equipment on 2016 Mustang GTs, so if you're gunning for a new five-point-oh, you'll have no excuse for leaving that blinker on after changing lanes.

Ford is also using the new model year to roll out a few appearance packages.

First, the Blue Oval is reviving the Pony Package, available only on Mustang EcoBoost Premium-trimmed cars. It adds 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, special logos, side stripes and chrome window surrounds.

For prospective Mustang GT convertible or coupe buyers, the Black Accent Package will add 19-inch black-painted aluminum wheels, a decklid spoiler, dark tail lamp trim and blacked-out “5.0” and pony logos. Plus, of course, those turn signals.

But wait! There’s also the California Special Package, which is offered to Mustang GT Premium buyers. Your California Special ‘Stang comes with 19-inch ebony-painted aluminum wheels, a California Special-badged strut tower brace, a performance front splitter, a unique grille, dark tail lamp accents, hood and side stripes and more. Interior accents include ebony leather and Miko suede seat inserts, new door panel inserts, premium carpet (premium carpet!) and a unique aluminum dashboard finish. No, you don’t even need to be from California to get it.

In other news, the Performance Package is now offered to buyers opting for a manual-equipped Mustang GT convertible -- previously, you had to order a closed car to get the upgraded, stiffer suspension, larger radiator, Torsen limited-slip differential with a 3.73 final drive ratio, six-piston Brembo front brake calipers and more.

And racing stripes are back! Ford claims they’re “over-the-top” straight out of the factory, so maybe think twice before checking that box! They're available in black or silver. You can also order a black-painted roof, last seen on the Boss 302.

The only potential downside here is that you'll have to ride out the summer if you absolutely have to have any of this stuff: Ford says the new model-year Mustangs won't go on sale until the third quarter of 2015.

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