“Experience what countless drivers have loved for over 30 years. Take the reins of a superbly equipped and value-packed Ford Mustang for 1998.” 1998 Mustang sales brochure
- Due to a refined exhaust system, the 4.6 L V8 gains 10 horsepower for a total of 225.
- Two new exterior paint colors were introduced.
- Even though hardly anything changed on the Mustang since 1997 (or really since 1995, for that matter), sales improved immensely and production was up nearly 70,000 units from the previous year.
Muscle Car Specifications
Just like the previous year, the design of the 1998 Mustang was a holdover from the previous two years. In fact, other than the two new colors, the only thing that distinguished a 1998 Mustang from a 1997 or 1996 model was that the clock was now integrated into the stereo system instead of being in the dash-mounted clock pod.
But the production increase was welcome news, as sales had hit a low the previous year. In all, 175,522 Mustangs were produced for 1998 (it should be noted, however, that the 1998 production year was extended by three months). Every model saw a production increase over the previous year.
With the exception of 1995, the Mustang models available had been the same since the fourth generation’s introduction in 1994. This year was no different, and the Mustang family included the base models, the GT models and the Cobras, all of which were available in either a coupe or a convertible.
With the exception of the increased horsepower in the V8, engine options remained exactly the same for 1998, as well. The standard engine for the base models was a 3.8 litre V6 that produced 150 horsepower, and the GT’s all came standard with the 4.6 litre V8 that now produced 225 horsepower. Every Cobra was fitted with a dual overhead cam 4.6 litre V8 that produced a healthy 305 horsepower.
Coupe and Convertible
1998 was the first year that all Mustangs started above $16,000, with the least expensive coupe containing a base price of $16,070. From there, all models started above the $20,000 mark, with the base convertible totaling $20,570. Production for the base coupe was exceptionally high in 1998, nearly hitting the 100,000 mark at 99,801. Convertible production was 21,254.
GT Coupe and Convertible
Total GT coupe production stood at 28,789 in 1998, with GT convertible’s coming in at 17,024. GT coupes started at $20,070 and the GT convertibles had a base price of $24,070.
Cobra Coupe and Convertible
While they were the lowest selling Mustang models, probably due to their higher price, the 1998 Cobra coupes and convertibles both increased production to 5,174 and 3,480, respectively. As for those prices, you could purchase a Cobra coupe for $25,630 and a Cobra convertible for $28,430.
Pony Car Competition
The increase in horsepower certainly helped Mustang compete against its closest domestic competitors, Chevy Camaro and Pontiac Firebird, both of which still offered more powerful options. Fortunately, Mustang was still far outselling these cars. In fact, by 1998, Camaro production had dropped to nearly 100,000 cars less than the Mustang at 77,198.
While the 1980s had found Mustang competing with a wide variety of cars from compact fuel-saving cars to what was left of the performance vehicles, by the late 90s its competitors were in a leaner class. The best selling cars on the road were mid-sized family sedans—Ford Taurus, Honda Accord and Toyota Camry were the three best-selling cars for six years running starting in 1995. So with the competition thinned out to cars like the ones mentioned above, and not seemingly every car on the road, Mustang had a little indication of who it was taking on, and it was very successful against all of those competitors. A restyle was coming in 1999 to help keep that edge.
|Convertible||3.8L V6||Fuel Injection||150 hp @ 4000 rpm||215 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm|
|Coupe||3.8L V6||Fuel Injection||150 hp @ 4000 rpm||215 lb-ft @ 2750 rpm|
|Cobra||4.6L V8||Fuel Injection||305 hp @ 5800 rpm||300 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm|
|Cobra Convertible||4.6L V8||Fuel Injection||305 hp @ 5800 rpm||300 lb-ft @ 4800 rpm|
|GT||4.6L V8||Fuel Injection||225 hp @ 4800 rpm||286 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm|
|GT Convertible||4.6L V8||Fuel Injection||225 hp @ 4800 rpm||286 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm|
|0 to 60 mph||Quarter Mile||Engine||Source|
|5.7 sec||14.2 sec @ 99.5 mph||280ci/305hp||Road & Track 11/97|
|6.8 sec||15.3 sec @ 91.7 mph||4.6L/225hp||Road & Track 1998 Sp & GT|