Development of the all-new Ford Mustang that comes to Australia in 2015 has just shifted up a gear with testing of a drop-top ’Stang.
The right-hand drive convertible was built in the middle of August as part of a test program that will eventually see the Mustang exported from the USA to 25 right-hand drive countries, led by Australia, Britain and South Africa.
Ford Australia confirms the first convertible as it accelerates the build-up to the new coupe, which could also become the company’s V8 Supercar spearhead – in shape, at least – once the final Falcon comes down the line at Broadmeadows.
The sixth-generation Mustang is the first to be engineered from day one with right-hand drive, the first time in 50 years that buyers won’t have to shift the wheel across the dashboard, and Ford says the drop-top test car, which looks fairly close to the final specification, will be used “to conduct various development tests”.
Ford says it has sold more than 9.2 million Mustangs since the car hit the road in 1964, with just 161,000 of those sold outside North America – although the number of overseas deliveries topped 4000 cars in 2012 alone, for owners in a range of left-hand drive countries including Chile, the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates.