1986 Mustang GT vs. 5.0L GLX, GL & L

Differences - '86 GT vs. 5.0L LX

We get lots of questions about the differences between the GT and 5.0L LX Mustang so here's a quick summary.

 


1986 Mustang GT
1986 Mustang 5.0L LX
Standard Exterior Equipment
fog lamps
not available on LX
side moldings embossed with "GT", "Mustang GT" decal on rear deck lid and charcoal tape stripe on hood with "GT" identification
not available on LX
"blackout" treatment on exterior window trim, door handles
chrome and black exterior trim on 2 door sedan, "blackout" treatment on exterior trim for convertible and hatchback models
P225/60VR15 BSW performance tires
same as GT
10-hole cast aluminum wheels
same as GT
"5.0" fender badges
same as GT
standard Mustang rear spoiler (only on hatchbacks)
same as GT
other standard Mustang features - remote control mirrors (non-electric) and interval windshield wipers
same as GT
Standard Interior Equipment
articulated front sport seats in cloth with adjustable thigh and side bolsters
reclining low back bucket bucket seats
"blackout" treatment on dash / instrument panel
standard dash / instrument panel
remote control fuel filler door release
available as option on LX
console with armrest, electronic digital clock and graphic display systems monitor
standard on all LX's except 2 door sedan
tilt steering and tinted glass
available as options on LX
electronic AM/FM stereo seek radio with 4 speakers and digital clock
same as GT
full instrumentation - tach, trip odometer, voltmeter, temperature, fuel, oil pressure gauges
same as GT
dual visor mirrors with covers
same as GT
other standard Mustang features - split-fold rear seat (hatchbacks), cargo area cover (hatchbacks)
same as GT
Standard Functional Equipment
5.0L EFI HO V8 engine
same as GT
5-speed manual transmission
same as GT
traction-lok axle
same as GT
handling suspension incl: modified MacPherson front suspension with coil springs (variable rate), larger diameter stabilizer bar and nitrogen gas-pressurized hydraulic struts, 4-bar link rear suspension with coil springs and nitrogen gas-pressurized hydraulic struts, quadra-shock rear suspension with vertically mounted nitrogen gas-pressurized hydraulic shocks, horizontally mounted axle dampers with freon-filled bag, stabilizer bar, and variable-rate coil springs
same as GT
sport tuned dual exhausts - chrome tips extending from back of rear wheel to rear bumper
same as GT
other standard Mustang features - power rack and pinion steering with 14.7:1 ratio, power front disc/rear drum brakes
same as GT
Colors
some interior and exterior colors available on LX are not available on GT (i.e. - Regatta Blue interior and Dark Slate Metallic, Shadow Blue Metallic, Sand Beige and Dark Clove Brown Metallic paint not available on GT)