You can't help noticing the '05 Mustang

It's summer. It's unbearably hot. It's time for muscle cars. Let's leave all those phone and office- equipment reviews for a cooler time.

It's summer. It's unbearably hot. It's time for muscle cars. Let's leave all those phone and office- equipment reviews for a cooler time.

When the temperatures soar, it's time to talk about cars that can make you forget your name, let alone the weather.

Over the next three issues I'll be reviewing the latest versions of three classic muscle cars - the Ford Mustang, the Pontiac GTO, and the Dodge Charger.

Let's start with the '05 Mustang GTO convertible. The one I drove had enough echoes of the original to make me weepy, yet it says 2005 in many ways, most of all in its body's powerful bulk.

The five-speed I tested handled well and shifted pretty smoothly, especially for a guy like me who isn't exactly at home with a manual transmission.

The leather trim seats were a bit stiff, definitely not the quality of leather that Ford spoiled me with in a Jaguar I tested earlier this year.

The power convertible top, however, is just plain cool. Put it down and cruise. Pull up for an appointment in this car and people will know you've arrived.

Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com

  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek.

    Price $30,550 base price; as tested, $34,080

    Available at Ford dealers

    Specs V8 engine, five-speed manual transmission, 17 mpg city, 25 mpg highway

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