2009 was the 45th year of production for the Ford Mustang and Ford did just about zero to celebrate. Almost no changes were made the range. The GT/CS, Pony Package and Warriors in Pink all continued on in 2009 with only minor detail changes. 2009 was the final year of production before another update to the Mustang so it seems Ford wanted to move on, and with sales of barely 46,420 units we understand why.
The 2009 Mustang was sired by the same father as the 2005 Mustang and while it was a successful generation in terms of performance and quality models, it was clearly the end of an era and Ford knew it. 2010 Mustangs will make their entrance somewhere about mid-year 2009 so Ford phoned it in for the 2009 model year.
The 2009 Mustangs come in several versions and they weren’t all boring. The V6, the V6 premium, the GT, the GT premium, the California special, or how about a Shelby GT500 Coupe, GT500 convertible or a GT500KR to get your heart pounding at about 150 mph.
The Mustang did offer one new cool option and that was a new factory-installed glass roof option that gave passengers a panoramic overhead view and more interior lighting. The glass roof was fixed and made out of safety glass that was tinted to protect the passengers and interior from harmful ultra violet radiation. The glass was also coated with an acoustic vinyl layer that reduced noise, vibration and harshness. If the sun got too intense a manually operated, retractable sunshade was included to shield the driver and passengers from the intensity of the sun. This panoramic roof available as a $1,995 option on both V6 and V8 powered GT cars. The idea was that this option gives you some of the benefits of a drop top, yet it’s cost makes it possible to have that extra sunshine at a price that’s half way between the cost of a coupe and a convertible.
The warriors in pink car continued into 2009, with its exclusive pink color and interior accents. The Bullitt which was a tribute to the mean green Mustang machine from the iconic 1968 Steve McQueen movie where he played detective Bullitt was still offered as an option on the GT. Also continuing was the exceedingly powerful Mustang Shelby GT500KR King of the road special as well as the “regular” Shelby GT500 cars being offered too.
Interior changes were minimal for the 2009 Mustang. The Bullitt got a revised interior instrument cluster with new gun sight graphics and GT500 style seats. Engine and powertrain options were untouched for 2009 model year. The base 4.0 liter V6 engine continued with 210 horse power while the GT got the 4.6 liter modular V8 engine with 300 horsepower, which was basically unchanged since 2007. Transmission options include a 5 speed automatic and a Tremec 5 speed manual. The Ford Racing group provided parts to bump up the 4.6 liter V8 in the Bullitt to 319 horsepower. The supercharged 5.4 liter ( 329 cubic inch ) engine in the 09 GT500KR remains at a huge 540 hp keeping its performance levels at the levels of supercars costing several times the admission price of this domestic hot rod.
Special Edition Models & Variants
The GT/CS, Pony Package and Warriors in Pink all continued on in 2009 with only minor detail changes.
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 2008 Shelby GT500 was one awesome car so when Ford basically carried it over unchanged for the 2009 model year we weren’t super disappointed. Equipped with a 5.4L (330 cid) supercharged intercooled DOHC V8 engine that produces 500hp at 6000 RPM and 480 lb-ft torque at 4500 RPM, the 2009 GT500 is one fast car. Using a dual 60mm electronic throttle body and a supercharger operating at 9 psi of boost Shelby and SVT created a legend that is still popular with gear heads all these years later.
Exactly the same as 2008 model year Shelby GT500KR, the 2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR was Ford’s 40th Anniversary limited production upgrade to the Shelby GT500. While 1000 units were produced in 2008, demand for the top dog Mustang was so strong that Ford approved it for one more year of production. In all, an extra 712 cars were made for 2009. They were identical to the 2008 models in every way.
The GT/CS, or “California Special,” returned as an option package for the 2009 Mustang GT in Premium trim, for a third consecutive year. As with the 2008 package, no discernable changes were made on the mechanical side of things. A new color, Vapor Silver Clearcoat Metallic, became available for 2009, replacing Grabber Orange Clearcoat in the lineup. The only other change was that the floor mats now featured a chrome “MUSTANG” logo rather than the California Special nomenclature.
New for 2008 and back again for 2009 was the limited-edition Warriors in Pink Mustang – designed exclusively in support of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Produced in celebration of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s 25th Anniversary, the vehicle featured unique pink exterior and interior design accents. Sales from the Warriors in Pink edition helped raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Built by Gaffoglio Family Metalcrafters, a company known for building some of the most awe-inspiring concept cars for numerous auto manufacturers for more than 28 years, the Iacocca Mustang is a breathtaking vehicle that utilizes the latest in Ford performance technology with a style and panache that screams Mustang fastback.
2009 goes down as the worst year for Mustang sales ever thanks to the effects of the financial crisis. Nobody was buying two-door sports cars and with 46,420 units sold, the Mustang was not spared. To dive into the model and body splits as well as see charts and percentages, check out our 2009 Ford Mustang Production & Sales Numbers deep dive.
% of Total
2 Door - Hardtop V6
2 Door - Hardtop Sally
2 Door - Hardtop GT
1 Door - Hardtop GT Bullitt
2 Door - Hardtop GT California Special
2 Door - Convertible V6
2 Door - Convertible V6 Sally
2 Door - Convertible GT
2 Door - Convertible GT California Special
2 Door - Hardtop Shelby GT500
2 Door - Hardtop Shelby GT500KR
2 Door - Convertible Shelby GT500
Options and Pricing
Clearly there was no shortage of special edition cars and options for the 2009 year. For more detailed options and pricing, please check out our 2009 pricing and options research.
2 Door Hardtop
2 Door Premium Hardtop
2 Door Convertible
2 Door Premium Convertible
2 Door GT Hardtop
2 Door GT Premium Hardtop
2 Door GT Convertible
2 Door GT Premium Convertible
2 Door Shelby GT500 Coupe
2 Door Shelby GT500 Convertible
Exterior & Interior Colors
A total of 10 colors were available for the 2009 Mustang model year. For detailed colors, color palettes, codes and interior colors please check out our in depth 2009 colors information post.
There were no major changes to the dimension and weight of the main models.
Curb Weight (lbs.) GT (Auto)
Curb Weight (lbs.) V6 (Auto)
Curb Weight (lbs.) GT (5-speed)
Curb Weight (lbs.) V6 (5-speed)
Weight distribution GT (%Front / Rear)
Weight Distribution V6 (%Front / Rear)
12.3 cu. ft.
Front head room
Rear Head Room
Leg Room: Front
Leg Room: Rear
When Car and Driver tested the 2009 Shelby GT500 they were able to get it to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds. The quarter-mile required only 12.9 seconds at 112 mph, 150 mph came in 30.3 seconds, and an electronic limiter cappedtop speed to 155 mph. This was one serious performance Mustang. The Super Snake and King of the Road amped up 2009 Mustang performance to an entirely new (crazier) level. Below we have included 0-60 mph times, 0-100 mph times as well as quarter mile times and top speed where available for the 2009 Mustang model range.