- Value for money
- V8 muscle
- Still feels Bulky
- Interior quality
- thirsty V8
Despite never being officially sold on our shores, everyone knows what a Ford Mustang is – you can thank Hollywood for that infamy.
But now the firm is bringing Coupe and Convertible models of this ubiquitous muscle-car to the UK for the first time, and is hoping to capture the hearts of actual car buyers rather than cinema-goers. And the car coming here features some European-specific engineering modifications to make it go, stop and turn better than the American car.
Two body styles
There’s a pair of body styles to choose from; Coupe and Convertible. But it’s the Coupe (referred to by Ford as Fastback) that is likely to prove most popular with over 80 percent of initial orders being for the hard top model. There’s no choice of spec or trim level to choose from either, the standard equipment is dictated by the two engines.
Two engines, two gearboxes
America gets three, but here there’s just a pair of engines to choose from – the 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged unit with 313bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 5.8 seconds, and the 5-litre V8 petrol with 415bhp and a 0-62mph time of just 4.8 seconds.
Clearly the former is the more efficient of the pairing, with promised economy nudging 35.3mpg and CO2 emissions a reasonable 179g/km. But who buys a muscle car for economy and efficiency? Turns out not that many of you, with the initial ordering phase for the Mustang here in the UK indicating 64 percent will come with the punchy 5-litre V8. With a mere £4,000 premium that’s no surprise.
A six-speed manual gearbox, with a meaty throw, is the other more popular option – the six-speed automatic, with shifter paddles behind the steering wheel, falling neatly behind.
High levels of standard equipment
No matter which you buy, standard equipment on the Mustang is strong with 19-inch alloy wheels, automatically-functioning Xenon headlamps, rear view camera and rain sensing windscreen wipers. Inside, dual-zone climate control and electric leather seats feature alongside the firm’s Sync2 eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, complemented by a nine-speaker audio system with DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
For those wanting to behave like a hooligan the V8 is the only choice though, since it comes with the Line Lock and Launch Control systems that allow you to perform burn-outs with ease and accelerate as quickly as possible from a standstill. Each one comes with selectable driving modes, a limited slip differential and a ‘Selectable Effort’ power steering system.
Read the rest of the Parkers Ford Mustang review to find out if it has what it takes to upset the competition.