Ford Mustang to offer better view

Panoramic glass roof offered as factory-installed option for Mustang models.

Hope you didn't buy that Mustang Bullitt for the Ali MacGraw in your life just yet.

Ford announced it's now offering a factory-installed panoramic glass roof option for both the Steve McQueen-inspired Bullitt and the Shelby GT500KR. The glass roof, as an option for its V-6 Mustang and Mustang GT, will become available in the summer of 2008, according to Ford.

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To be clear, this is not a hardtop convertible, but a fixed glass roof option. It will be available for $1,995.

And, as no one wants an over-heated driver, the glass roof is made of tinted privacy safety glass that reduces passenger exposure to infrared rays and also includes protection from solar radiation deterioration (i.e., it won't let the sun fade your seats). Vinyl was also incorporated into the glass material to reduce pollution from outside noise.

The glass roof also includes a built-in manual roller blind. Too bad it isn't electric. Ah well, maybe that's for the next iteration.

Ford was prompted by a J.D. Power and Associates statistic that said 62 percent of sports car buyers said they want a moon- or sunroof on their next vehicle, the company said in a statement.

It should be noted that Ford already introduced this idea of an all glass roof with the Giugiaro Mustang concept it debuted at the 2007 LA auto show in November.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.

 

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