Ford's Mustang was completely redesigned and re-engineered last year (1999), with improvements to every single system under its brand-new skin. But all the best traits of the Mustang, the original pony car, remain. There's plenty of torque. The engine sounds great at full song, urging you to keep your foot in it. Excellent handling response keeps you involved. Yet it burbles along when cruising, attracting lots of attention from those around you. The Mustang has only two true competitors, the Chevrolet Camaro and the Pontiac Firebird. There are Japanese and Korean coupes that compete with Mustang on price, but they don't offer pony car performance.