Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 1
The 2.8 litre V6 was dropped for 1981,
with the 3.3 litre V6 receiving a slight boost in power
up to 91 bhp.
L4 continued and
was still the standard engine in the Cobra package,
although buyers could substitute the 255 V8 as a $144
But by the end of the model year, the turbocharged
engine was dropped (due to nagging realibility
problems) and the V8 became the standard engine in
Midyear, Ford introduced a four-speed
(effectively five speed) manual transmission
could be hooked up to a new Traction-Lok
rear axle, which was a limited slip differential that
was vastly improved from its late 1960's iterations
and finally was able to somewhat control axle hop and
The 1979 Replica T-Top option was brought
back, which led to some aftermarket convertible conversions.
didn't seem to notice (or care) about this pent up
demand for Mustang convertibles.