2009 Ford Mustang GT: Ultimate Guide

2009 Ford Mustang GT

2009 Ford Mustang GT

The GT continued to be available in 2009 with only minor detail changes. The Mustang GT was still the model for enthusiasts, with a bang for your buck formula that made it attainable and a strong performer at the same time. Despite the aged solid-axle layout, the suspension does well in soaking up imperfections while keeping the tires in contact with the pavement. The Mustang GT is an easy car to drive quickly on the track because it responds to the helm and throttle with equal aplomb. The car possesses very good balance.

The interior is fun, with sporty styling cues, though the quality of materials ranks far behind that of some modern sportscar rivals. The exhaust rumble from the V8 is pleasant. There is a fair amount of road and tire noise, but this isn’t a luxury car. First made standard in 2008, side airbags remain in place on all 2009 Ford Mustang models including the GT.

Buyers who wanted to dress-up their 2009 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.

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 2009 Mustang catalog indicate the Bullitt package was available on manual transmission Mustang GT Premium coupes as a regular production option; the same color restrictions apply. The styling for the exterior of the Bullitt, included the reappearance of the exclusive Highland green color or black paint. The Bullitt treatment blends a combination of GT and V6 styling cues, such as the simple V6 hood coupled with Gt style Torq Thrust like alloy wheels. Simple yet powerful is the key and it works. The Bullitt cars were built at AutoAlliance International in Flat Rock, Michigan.

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.

Features of the 2009 Mustang included a glass top roof option, as well as special 45th Anniversary badging to commemorate the original Mustang’s launch in 1964. Satellite radio was standard on premium interior models, and Deluxe was no longer used to identify base models. This model has the same engine and functional equipment as a basic GT. The 2009 45th Anniversary edition is badged with a Mustang Colt emblem, with the 45th Anniversary logo. It included with an optional hood scoop and polished stainless steel exhaust tips package, rear spoiler, the Ambient Lighting package was now standard and included with the price of the vehicle at no additional cost, and 17″ polished aluminum wheels were optional (17″ wheels were standard but this model year used the same silver 5 spoke wheels since 2007).


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 for 2009 Ford Mustang GT GT Deluxe GT Premium
4.0 SOHC V6 Engine
4.6 L 3 valve V8 engine Std Std
Supercharged 5.4L DOHC V8
Ford racing Power upgrade Package and cold air intake
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
6 speed manual transmission
3.73:1 Limited slip rear axle
Limited slip differential Std Std
16″ steel wheels with wheel covers
Complex reflector halogen headlights
Ambient lighting
My-Color illumination
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
P215/65R16 All season tires
P235/55ZR17 all season performance tires Std Std
P235/55ZR18 performance tires Opt Opt
P255/45ZRA18 frt F1 & P285/40ZR18 rear supercar tires
18×9.5 bright machined aluminum wheels w/ SVT center caps
18″ Shelby designed Polished forged aluminum wheels
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
Wheel locking kit Opt Opt
Shelby designed interior
6 way power drivers seat with power lumbar Std Std
Satin aluminum instrument panel applique Std
Leather trimmed bucket pockets
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
Ambient lighting Opt 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
SIRIUS satellite radio Opt Std
Shaker 1000 sound system with in-dash 6 CD changer, 10 speakers and MP3 capability (1000 watt) Opt Opt
Convertible soft boot Opt Opt
Fog lamps Std Std
Rear spoiler Std Std
Glass roof Opt
Spoiler delete Opt Opt
Exterior sport appearance package
Interior sport appearance package Opt Opt
Interior upgrade package
Pony package
Red interior accent package Opt Opt
Tape stripe delete option (exterior sport and Pony package)