As the 2015 Mustang creeps ever closer to release, Ford have revealed the official power and performance figures for the latest iteration of the legendary muscle car.
Turning over a new leaf for Ford, this will be the first version of the Mustang to be available in the UK with right-hand drive, and also the first to come equipped with a 2.3-litre version of Ford’s award-winning EcoBoost engine.
The new eco-friendly engine still has plenty of grunt, however. Designed specifically for the new Mustang model, this particular EcoBoost will generate a mighty 305bhp and 433Nm of torque.
Powerful but economic
Scott Makowski, powertrain engineering manager for the new engine, said: “This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed.
“It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions.”
It’s also been constructed specially to cope with the high strain the Mustang will put it under, with a forged steel crankshaft, piston-cooling jets and a high-pressure die cast aluminium cylinder block.
For Mustang purists, the new 2015 model will also come with a classic V8. With an output of 429bhp and 542Nm of torque, it offers all the extreme performance that first made the Mustang the stuff of legends.
Along with the new engines, the latest model also comes with an advanced lightweight body structure, and fully independent front and rear suspension.
This new suspension is one of the most significant tweaks made to the Mustang, and one which could change it forever.
Almost as legendary as the Mustang’s performance is its solid rear axle, which has been present on virtually every version since its inception in 1964. It’s simple to engineer and space-efficient, but also made the Mustang infamously prone to fishtailing in corners.
Loose cornering is a thing of the past
With the addition of independent suspension, the Mustang’s loose cornering could well be a thing of the past, and Ford say that the 2015 version is both more nimble and comfortable and also has world-class dynamics and ride quality.
Along with the lightweight body, new suspension system and relatively economical EcoBoost engine, this may be not only the latest, but the greatest and most practical Ford Mustang ever made.
World most popular vehicle?
To date, more than nine million Mustangs have been sold since it was first launched 50 years ago. In addition to more than 3,200 appearances in film and on TV, the Mustang also is the most-liked vehicle on Facebook in the world, with more than seven million fans.
The new model is due to make an appearance at Silverstone Classic later this month, leading a procession of 160 classic versions of the world’s most famous muscle car.
Following that, the 2015 Mustang will be available to buy in the UK from next year onwards. Available in both coupe and convertible formats, Ford have said that full pricing and additional specs will be available closer to its sale-date.