Drop-top Mus­tang

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

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.

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