Ford has begun testing the new right-hand drive version of the 2015 Mustang.
According to engineers, the prototype has been completed and data gathered from the testing period will help to prepare the car for its first-ever entry into the UK market.
The carmaker has announced that the latest-generation Mustang will be exported to more than 25 right-hand drive markets across the globe, including Australia and South Africa as well as the UK.
Since its introduction in 1964, one of the Mustang’s signature features is that it’s remained virtually the same for the past half-century.
However, for the 2015 Mustang, Ford has made significant changes to the legendary muscle car, giving it a complete redesign for the first time in its history.
The company has said that it has created a vehicle that “can effectively bridge the gap between what the Mustang has always been; namely, an American icon that’s a little rough around the edges, and what the Mustang of the future will be: a globally viable rear-drive performance car”.
Performance details released last month showed that the Mustang will come with a 2.3-litre variant of Ford’s EcoBoost engine, making it the most fuel-efficient version ever.
However, power output will still be all Mustang, with a mighty 305bhp and 433Nm of torque produced. A classic 5.0-litre V8 will also be available, with an eye-watering 429bhp and 542Nm of torque on tap.
The second major change, and arguably the most important, is that Ford has swapped the classic solid rear axle for all-new independent rear suspension.
Ford say that this should markedly increase the handling of the 2015 model, doing away with the Mustang’s infamous liability to fishtail around corners.
As a result, the carmaker claims that the latest model is “both more nimble and comfortable and also has world-class dynamics and ride quality”.
The interior has seen a similar makeover, with a wide range of standard equipment that includes MyKey programmable vehicle limits.
Designed to improve passenger safety, particularly for younger drivers, MyKey can limit not only the top speed of the car, but also the volume of the stereo system and warn drivers of unsecured seatbelts.
Ford’s SYNC multimedia tech will also be present, along with a reversing camera, blind spot monitoring system and lane-keeping technology.
Pricing for the sixth-generation Mustang has yet to be announced, but Ford has said that full details will be released closer to the car’s release next year.