Ford Mustang's new hood vent lights look out of sight



  • 2016 Mustang GT Convertible

NASCAR drivers should love this.

Ford announced this week that the 2016 Mustang GT will be fitted with a set of rear-facing turn signal indicators hidden in the pony car’s hood vents. The styling feature is an homage to one offered on the 1967-1968 Mustang and meant for the driver’s eyes.

The original version was very cool, but it looks like the new one is going to be out of sight. Literally.

While the classic Mustang had a relatively flat hood with the vents mounted right around the middle, the new one is much more curved and the vents are closer to the nose. It also has two very tall strakes running down the length of it, and the result is that the vent on the right is obscured from the driver’s view, and even the one on the left is tough to see if you like to recline. Needless to say, vice versa applies for the passenger.

I recently took a 2015 Mustang GT Convertible for a spin, and despite being 6’ 1” tall I had to do the seated version of tippy toes to even catch a glimpse of the right-side vent, and couldn’t find a position that would realistically allow me to see it naturally. In the photo above, the camera is up against the windshield header where your head will never be.

Perhaps the 2016 hoods address this, but the first images released don’t suggest that they do, so we'll have to wait and see. On the bright side, the lights are more about fun than function and there will still be traditional indicators on the dashboard.

Of course, if you make a lot of left turns, it probably won’t bother you much at all.


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Gary Gastelu is's Automotive Editor.