The hottest Mustang in ages gets a gush of cold air with the official introduction of the convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

The hottest Mustang in ages gets a gush of cold air with the official introduction of the convertible at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

Since its release, the Mustang has been heaped with praise and enthusiasts have been holding their collective breath, anticipating the arrival of the drop-top version.

The latest convertible shares the classic looks of its coupé sibling. Using a wide glass rear windscreen for increased visibility towards the rear, engineers designed a Z-folding top. Designed and engineered alongside the coupé, even with its fabric top, the car benefits with a look that is more complete and integrated and, thanks to Ford engineers, has more than twice the torsional rigidity of its predecessor.

Like the coupé, the convertible uses McPherson struts at the front and a rigid rear axle. Steering is via a power-assisted rack-and-pinion system.

The Mustang convertible will be offered in two derivatives when it is released this year - a 4,0-litre V6 and a 4,6-litre V8 GT. While the V6 produces 157 kW of pony power, the V8, with its new three-valve variable cam timing, produces 224 kW.

The car is fitted with a five-speed manual transmission while a five-speed automatic is available as an option.

Four-channel ABS, with traction control, is standard on the GT convertible and optional on the V6. In the event of a collision the car’s core acts as a safety cage, protecting the cabin from deformation during impact.

The Mustang is equipped with dual-stage airbags for the driver and front passenger with pretensioning safety belts. Side impact airbags are optional.