New for 1982 was the 5.0L engine mated to a 4 speed overdrive transmission. The GT Mustang was more of a package you bought since the 5.0L engine could be put in any car body. What differentiated the GT was the grille and body paint. The changes did not work in terms of moving the needle on sales. In fact, Mustang sales fell for a third straight year, down from 182,522 in 1981 to 130,418 in 1982, a fall of 29%. The brand continued to fall out of favor with car buyers in the U.S.