A Mustang GTS was added to the lineup for 1995. It was essentially a GT coupe stripped down to its bare essentials. Created to fill the space between the base Mustang and the GT Mustang it got the 5.0 liter V8 engine which is what people cared about. The 1995 Mustang GT was priced at $18,105 while the GTS could be had for $16,910. It was decently popular too, with 6,370 cars produced (4,848 5-speed manuals and 1,522 automatics).
GTSs came standard with the basic equipment that made a Mustang a GT. Most importantly, this included the 302 cid pushrod V8 engine, the Borg-Warner T-5 manual transmission (the AOD-E automatic was optional); Traction-Lok rear axle, dual 2.25-inch stainless exhaust and 16-inch five spoke alloy wheels.
It was only available as a 2 door coupe equipped like a GT. Externally the GTS was devoid of the GT’s fog lights and rear spoiler but still carried the “Mustang GT” emblem on the front fenders and the “Mustang GT” logo embossed on the rear bumper. The car also featured the pony alloy wheels, rather than the 5 spoke GT rims. Factory original GTSs will have the “Mustang GT” logo embossed on the rear bumper cover, as is the case on standard GTs, and “Mustang GT” badging on the front fenders.
Inside, the Mustang GTS shared the same interior features as the base V6 Mustang. The power operated sports seats from the GT were exchanged for the manually adjusted cloth seats from the base car but a driver side power seat was still optional. Windows and door locks were manually operated but the power mirrors remained. The GT’s instrument cluster with its 7,000 rpm tachometer and 150-mile an hour speedometer was retained. The only luxuries that were standard in the GTS were air-conditioning and an AM/FM Cassette player.
Although the GTS was meant to be a bare bones inexpensive V8 powered Mustang, buyers could choose from any of the options that were available to V6 Mustang customers. These options are easily broken down into two categories. Package Group 1 consisted of power windows, door locks and remote decklid release, which was standard on GT and convertible. Group 2 consisted of cruise control, dual illuminated visor mirrors (standard on GT and convertible), and an AM/FM stereo cassette player with premium sound. Four-wheel antilock brakes, an AODE transmission, and remote keyless entry were also options. Customers were able to order GTSs from the factory with as little or as many options as they wanted. Options were also available at the dealer, on request of the purchaser.
Ford did away with the GTS designation in 1996, with 1995 being the only year a true GTS model existed, replacing it with the 248A option package which deleted many things from the car and made it comparable to the GTS. This package continued to be offered until the end of the 1998 model year.