Ford today revealed the new Ford Mustang for Europe – delivering sleek new styling, sophisticated engine and suspension upgrades, advanced driver assistance technologies and more customisation options for the iconic sports car. Our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay, reports.
The instantly-recognisable, powerful Mustang profile now delivers a sleeker, more athletic appearance, enhanced with LED lighting technology, and a choice of 11 exterior colours and new alloy wheel options. The fresh Mustang is anticipated to be the fastest accelerating ever, with an enhanced 5.0‑litre V8 engine that offers an anticipated 450 PS, combining with Ford’s new 10‑speed automatic transmission.
The Mustang’s fun-to-drive character is optimised with sophisticated new MagneRide adjustable suspension and selectable Drive Modes, including a customisable My Mode option. A new Active Valve Performance Exhaust even delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for early-morning or late-night driving.
Mustang driver assistance technologies, including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid, enhance the driving experience with greater peace-of-mind. A contemporary, upscale interior features soft-touch materials and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster for a superior occupant experience.
“Europe’s passion for the Mustang has proven even greater than we imagined – almost 30,000 Mustangs are already bringing one of the most iconic sights in motoring to the continent’s streets,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “There are few cars on the road that can deliver such a combination of heritage, style and performance to such a wide audience. The new Ford Mustang offers the most compelling package yet.”
A wider range of customisation options will enable Mustang customers to make even more of a statement. Three bold, dynamic new metallic paint colours are available – Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson. New 19-inch forged alloy wheels are offered in multiple finishes each with a unique character, including Nickel, Ebony Black and Polished Aluminium.
Exhilarating performance and a fun-to-drive experience have been at the heart of the Mustang’s DNA since the first model was launched in 1964. New powertrain, chassis and technology enhancements enable the new Mustang to deliver the most rewarding driving experience yet.
Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine has been further developed to deliver more power and a higher rev-limit than ever before. Anticipated peak power of 450 PS is supported by the introduction of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, which also increases low-end torque.
The new Mustang 2.3-litre EcoBoost delivers 290 PS, and offers a more responsive and engaging driving experience thanks to a transient overboost function for the turbocharger – triggered under heavy acceleration to provide an extra burst of boost following each up-shift – and Ford’s new 10‑speed transmission.
The advanced new 10-speed automatic transmission offers greater fuel efficiency, and improved acceleration. The gearbox’s electronic control system enables settings that optimise performance for Drive Modes, and real-time adaptive shift-scheduling allows the transmission to adapt to changing conditions and select the right gear in any situation – from coast-road cruising to the drag-strip. Steering wheel-mounted paddles-shifters allow drivers maximum control.
Ford’s six-speed manual gearbox is enhanced to manage the power of the 5.0-litre V8 engine with a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel, for greater durability and quicker gear changes. The engine delivers Launch Control as standard for maximum traction and consistent standing starts. Electronic Line Lock that applies only the front brakes, allowing the driver to spin the rear wheels and warm the tyres while stationary, is now standard with the 2.3‑litre EcoBoost engine, in addition to the 5.0‑litre V8 – helping achieve optimised standing start performance.
Ford engineers have further optimised Mustang’s driving dynamics to deliver an immensely engaging driving experience. Recalibrated shock absorbers improve stability through corners, and rear suspension is stiffened with a cross-axis joint that reduces unwanted movement at each corner that can lead to body flex. Thicker anti-roll bars also better control body-roll for sharper handling.
Get Your Hands On One
Deliveries of the new Ford Mustang for Perrys’ customers will begin in 2018. Get in touch with us to find out more.