2008 Ford Mustang GT

2008 Ford Mustang GT

The Launch of a New Appearance Package

Buyers who wanted to dress-up their Mustang GT could for the first time opt for the GT appearance package.

The 2006 Mustang GT was pretty much a carryover year but 2007’s GT got several upgrades worthy of mentioning and those largely carried over into the 2008 Mustang GT model year. Once again the Mustang GT came in both GT Deluxe and GT Premium forms.

Buyers who wanted to dress-up their Mustang GT could opt for the GT appearance package. This package included a non-functional hood scoop, rolled chrome exhaust tips and a decorative plastic engine cover with a running horse emblem.

For 2008 all Mustangs (including the GT) received an auxiliary audio input jack as standard equipment. Optional equipment included front heated leather seats and Sirius satellite radio. The 2008 Mustang GT has two options packages: the deluxe and premium. Both packages include the 4.6 liter, over-head cam, 3 valve, V8 engine; stainless steel dual exhaust; TR3650 5-speed manual transmission; fog lamps; rear spoiler; performance tires; 17 inch premium painted cast aluminum wheels, and power adjusted 6-way drivers seat with power lumbar. The GT deluxe package comes with the standard stereo and cloth seats while the GT premium package comes with the Shaker 500 audio system and leather seats.

There was also the California Special Edition package. Available only on GT Premium models the California Special recalled another special edition Mustang from 1968 by the same name. The exterior of the GT/CS was adorned with unique front fascia and chin spoiler that extended 1.5-inches lower than the standard GT. Body side scoops located just aft of the front doors and unique tape stripes with the GT/CS logo were affixed to the sides of the car. At the rear the GT/CS wore a unique rear bumper with an air diffuser and a pair of chrome rolled exhaust tips. The package also included a set of 18-inch Bullitt style polished-aluminum alloy wheels along with the appropriate sized rubber. Inside, the black leather seats were trimmed out with either Parchment or Dove leather inserts. If the buyer desired even more pizzazz the GT appearance package could be added to a California Special.

The 4.6-liter all-aluminum V8 in the 2008 Mustang had three-valve heads and was good for 300 horsepower. 0 to 60 mph for the 2006 Mustang GT was over in 5.1 seconds and the quarter mile took 13.7 seconds at 103 mph. The standard four-wheel disc brakes had the biggest rotors and stiffest calipers ever fitted to a mainstream Mustang. Twin-piston aluminum calipers clamp down on 12.4-inch ventilated front brake discs on GT models. In the rear, the brake rotors are 11.8 inches in diameter. A four-channel anti-lock brake system (ABS) with traction control is standard on GT models.


GT Deluxe adds: 4.6-liter, 3-valve, V-8 engine; ABS with traction control; Stainless steel dual exhaust; Front fog lamps in grille; Complex reflector halogen headlamps with integral turn signals; Rear spoiler; Performance tires with 17-inch, painted cast-aluminum wheels; and AM/FM audio system with single CD.

GT Premium adds: Shaker 500 audio system with six-disc CD player; and Aberdeen leather-trimmed, Embossed sport bucket seats.

GT California Special Package and GT Appearance Packages were available on the Mustang GT.

Features of 2008 Mustang GT GT Deluxe GT Premium
4.0 SOHC V6 Engine
4.6 L 3 valve V8 engine Std Std
5 speed manual transmission – with 3.31 rear axle
5 speed manual transmission – with 3.55 rear axle Std Std
5 speed automatic transmission – with 3.31 rear axle Opt Opt
Limited slip 3.31 differential – Manual transmission only Std Std
3.55 differential – Manual transmission only Opt
16″ machined bright aluminum wheels
16″ bright machined aluminum wheels with chrome spinners
17 ” painted aluminum wheels Std Std
17″ bright machined aluminum split spoke wheels Opt Opt
18″ premium aluminum wheels Opt Opt
18″ polished aluminum wheels ( late availability) Opt Opt
18″ premium forged polished aluminum wheels (Coupe only)
P215/65R16 All season tires
P235/55ZR17 all season performance tires Std Std
P235/55ZR18 performance tires Opt Opt
Anti lock brake system and traction control Std Std
Stainless steel single exhaust
Stainless steel dual exhaust Std Std
Active anti theft system Opt Opt
Front seat side airbag system Opt Opt
HID headlamps (requires V6 safety & security package or Active theft on a GT. Opt Opt
Wheel locking kit Opt Opt
6 way power drivers seat with power lumbar Std Std
Heated driver and passenger seats (front) Opt Opt
Leather trimmed bucket pockets
Ambient lighting Opt Opt
Leather trimmed sport bucket seats – (V6 requires red interior accent package) Opt Std
Full center console with cup holders and arm rest Std Std
Drivers footrest Std Std
Tilt steering wheel Std Std
Steering wheel mounted cruise control Std Std
Power door locks Std Std
2 powerpoints Std Std
Air conditioning Std Std
Remote keyless entry Std Std
Personal safety system for driver and passenger Std Std
Power rack & pinion Std Std
Power 4 wheel disc brakes Std Std
Power windows Std Std
Power side view mirrors Std Std
Rear window defroster Std Std
Intermittent windshield wipers Std Std
AM/FM Radio with single CD player Std
Shaker 500 sound system with in-dash 6 CD changer, 8 speakers and MP3 capability (500 watt) Opt Std
Shaker 1000 sound system with in-dash 6 CD changer, 10 speakers and MP3 capability (1000 watt) Opt Opt
SIRIUS Satellite radio (requires shaker 500 or 1000 system) Opt Opt
Touch screen DVD based navigation system (requires V6 safety & security package and Shaker 500 system) Opt
Convertible soft boot Opt Opt
Cloth convertible top Opt Opt
Fog lamps Std Std
Rear spoiler Std Std
Spoiler delete Opt Opt
Exterior sport appearance package
Interior sport appearance package Opt Opt
Interior upgrade package Opt Opt
Premier trim with color accent package Opt
Comfort package Opt Opt
V6 Warriors in pink
V6 Pony package
V6 Safety & security package
GT appearance package Opt Opt
GT California special package Opt
Tape stripe delete option (exterior sport and Pony package)