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Here’s Why The Current S550 Mustang Has No Glass Roof Option

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The last-generation Ford Mustang was the S197 platform, and it ran from 2005 until 2014, despite 2010+ models looking vastly different than the 2005 to 2009 models. Ford offered a glass roof option that made the entire roof of see-through glass with a very thin sunshade in the S197 years. It made for lots of light and a dramatic interior, even though in hotter climates the glass roof option essentially turned the interior of the Mustang into an oven.

With the current-generation S550 Mustang bowing in for the 2015 model year, many wondered why Ford doesn’t offer the glass roof option on the current-generation Mustang. The reason for the lack of that option is simple enough – the roof contours of the S550 won’t allow the glass roof option. That is the same reason that a sunroof or moonroof isn’t offered as an option. Some muscle car fans see the lack of a sunroof as a competitive disadvantage compared to the Camaro, which can be had with a sunroof.

Ford Mustang fans with a penchant for the Fox body or the maligned Mustang II will more closely associate T-tops with the Mustang than a sunroof or the S197 glass roof option. A sunroof was an option in some Fox body models (I owned a 1987 Mustang LX 5.0 with a factory sunroof and 5-speed back in the day).

Presumably, the S550 Mustang roof contour also prevents the return of T-Tops. Some modern sports cars have used targa tops to great success – including the Corvette, Porsche 911, and the last generation Toyota Supra. A targa top has never been part of the Mustang options list. As it stands now, you can get the S550 Mustang in coupe or convertible forms. The Mustang in its current form may lack a sunroof or glass roof option but that hasn’t stopped it from being the top-selling sports coupe in the world.

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Shane is a car guy with a fondness for Mustangs and off-roading.

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Comments

  1. TS

    So, the question becomes: why are the roof contours necessary?

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    1. Bob Dobson

      styling and aerodynamics

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  2. Rowan

    Look at the peugeot rcz car for a glass roof with contours in it clearly it can be done I expect its down to cost

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  3. Sukhoi31m3

    I’m an outlier here; I buy vehicles specifically without sunroofs. I don’t order cars, I buy what’s on the lot so I have had to take an occasional sunroof but I never opened them, not even once. While I have never had a problem with the sunroofs I had to take to get the car I wanted internet drivel of leaks, rattles and shattering panels make me want to avoid them. My vehicles are equipped with a/c and a heater for a reason. Besides that, the city freeways are so noisy why would I want to listen to that?

    Flame away, call me an idiot if you want, I don’t care.

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  4. vbondjr

    screw the glass roof, Targa top or sunroof

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  5. lancer

    Wrong! 1981 Mustangs were offered with T-tops.

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  6. Jenner

    Sorry..love the panoramic glass roof in my 2012 GT P.
    No new Pony for me until they bring it back.
    It really added more class to the muscle.
    Noisy sunroofs sucks. Not this.

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  7. lancer

    McGlaun, you’ve still got it wrong! 1981 Mustangs could be ordered with T-tops!

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  8. SurferDudeSanDiego

    Electronic panoramic sunroof that slides back like the 911 would be awesome. Especially when driving down the California coast with a roaring V8 in the evening. I don’t want to live in a dark cave. People who want to track the car can opt out anytime, but for us looking to buy a ‘Premium GT’ it’s a deal breaker. I don’t like the poor visibility in the Camaro.

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  9. Dennis Childs

    Why not have a Webasto, or similar, folding sunroof ?

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  10. Jeremy Pithon

    Look you MUSTANG idiots (engineers at FORD) – get off your f-ING asses – stop resting on your laurels. You NEED to make the MUSTANG compete with the CORVETTE. If Chevy can make that awesome Stingray with a TARGA and Mid-Engine for $59,995 – I can’t imagine what you guys could do if you would just work the other 3 days of the week. Because what I see is something you are putting about 2 days worth of work into. AND to make matters worse – se the new Corvette Spyder Retractable Roof – for $67995 ? I mean you can make all the GT350 and GT500’s you want. If I’m gonna drop around $65k to $70k. I wanna have fun…I want to feel a fresh breeze….I want to have a truck driver look down my open roof and see my girl doing what she does best on our road trips if you get my drift. No go make the next GEN MUSTANG with a F_ING TARGA TOP (at least) or a RETRACTABLE ROOF – put 5 days in like the rest of us !!!

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  11. Laurence Bridger

    It’s the only thing stopping me from buying a Mustang. Knowing the older car has it and the new car doesn’t it’s a deal breaker for me. I’ll either look for an exceptionally well looked after old one, or a used F-type Jag which would have the V8 and the glass top option, but no rear seats.

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  12. Kim

    I love the 2021 Mustang but much prefer the Fastback to the Convertible from a looks standpoint. I think if Ford could build a Targa or T-Top into the Fastback they would have a real winner on top of what they already have.

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