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Motoring Bliss: An open Mustang on an open road

2014 Ford Mustang Convertible

The 2014 Ford Mustang V6 convertible makes 305 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. That’s down, obviously, on what the V8-powered GT or manic Shelby GT500 models make, but a few additions on the car I was driving including a louder trick exhaust and six-speed manual transmission meant there was plenty of fun to be had.

Really, though, I found myself in a scenario—one of those beautiful, to-die-for driving scenarios—where whatever I had under the hood took a back seat to the joy of driving, where a car becomes more than an appliance and more of an all-out attack on the senses (in a good way, of course).

Just picture the landscape: 6:30 in the evening, cornfield-lined Highway 26 somewhere between Barrie and Collingwood in Ontario, a digitally re-mastered pony car finished in “Gotta have it Green” and with no top, set against the backdrop of an ominous sky filled with slow-rolling dark clouds (just look at the photo) that appear poised to douse anything within a 30-kilometre radius.

But it didn’t matter; I had the Mustang, it had no top and it was August, meaning there was to be no rain on my parade, either figuratively or literally.

With that, I dropped a cog with a flick of the short-throw shift lever and dipped into the throttle, receiving a generous but-not-quite-V8 “braaaap!!!” from the twin exhaust outlets—the only thing missing, at this point, was a tunnel to bounce the noise off of.

Then, the tipping point came; I had my iPhone connected to the car’s audio system and was running one of my favourite road trip playlists, which includes a selection of hits from The Tragically Hip. Grace, Too from ’94’s Day for Night album came on, and that was it—as close to something resembling total consciousness as you’ll ever get without the use of mind-expanding drugs.

There’s just something about looking out over the retro gauges, seeing that long, green hood stretching out in front of you and hearing Gord Downie’s vocals do battle with a rich exhaust note that just provides the sensation that everything is right with the world.

So it was here, among the rich cornfields of Simcoe country that I encountered motoring bliss, that zen-like plateau where the chunky three-spoke steering wheel in your hands connects you with so much more than an appliance used only for getting from A to B.

2014 Ford Mustang Convertible

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