The 2005 Ford Thunderbird returns to bask in the glow of
critical acclaim it has received from everyone that sees
its cool, evocative styling. What's more, for open-air driving,
few models can top it. The classic convertible is 50 years
old and celebrating the fact Ford has come up with new colors,
inside and out, and new aluminum trim for the doors and
With a heritage that continues to be displayed, the roadster
has perennial style, loads of power and all sorts of interior
roominess. These three things (plus a few others, of course),
continue to define the Thunderbird. O to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds
The 2005 Ford Thunderbird is offered in two models: Deluxe
and Premium but the Premium just adds heated seats and alloy
The only unfortunate thing about the Thunderbird's design
is that only two people get to experience it from the inside.
The rest have to admire from afar.
The Ford Thunderbird comes with standards that include
air conditioning with dual-zone automatic climate controls
(tough for a two-seater), a power tilt/telescope leather-wrapped
steering wheel with radio controls, cruise control, leather
upholstery on 6-way power bucket seats, power mirrors, windows
and door locks, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD with an in-dash
6-disc changer, a power convertible top, universal garage-door
opener and automatic headlights.
Options include style and other add-ons like the Light
Sand Appearance Package that offers a special trim prominently
displaying the color, plus cream-colored gauges.
The two-door Ford dThunderbird is available with a power-folding
soft top with a heated glass rear window or with a removable
hardtop with trademark porthole windows.
Under the hood of the 2005 Ford Thunderbird is just the
right amount of power to get your spine tingling. The engine
is an aluminum 3.9-liter V8. It gives the rear-wheel drive
convertible 280 horsepower at 6000 rpm and 286 lb-ft of
torque at 4000 rpm.
Built for high-speed performance, the engine features a
coil-on-plug ignition with platinum-tipped spark plugs,
low-friction pistons and dual exhausts.
5-speed automatic transmission is standard. However, the
2005 Thunderbird can also be fitted with Ford's SelectShift
feature, which blends manual shifting with a traditional
automatic system. This setup features a one-piece die-cast
aluminum case for reduced weight.
Safety and Security
The 2005 Ford Thunderbird comes with driver and passenger
front and side airbags-the first Ford convertible to come
equipped with combination head-and-chest side airbags. Other
safety and security features include an anti-theft system,
Ford's Smart Locks system, the LATCH child seat system,
a perimeter alarm with an LED indicator and a glow-in-the-dark
emergency trunk release handle.