Stang o’clock ap­proaches

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half of Aus­tralia’s new Mus­tangs will be de­liv­ered as Fast­back GT V8 au­to­mat­ics. As more than 3000 cus­tomers wait for de­liv­ery de­tails, and the early adopters who con­firmed in March are ex­pect­ing their cars from Novem­ber, Ford Aus­tralia has re­ported on the lat­est de­tails.

“All the Aus­tralian sus­pen­sion tun­ing and test­ing has been com­pleted and is in­cor­po­rated into the cars. There are no hold-ups with pro­duc­tion in the States so we are on track to de­liver the cars in De­cem­ber,” says Ford spokesman, Neil McDon­ald.

How­ever, he con­firmed that the con­tro­ver­sial ‘burnout’ sys­tem in the car, which uses a line locker to the front wheels, will not be ac­ti­vated for Aus­tralia. “It was de­cided it is not ap­pro­pri­ate with the cur­rent anti-hooning fo­cus.” Other de­tails are much as ex­pected, and de­manded, by Mus­tang fans. “Cus­tomers are par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in the fact that the Per­for­mance Pack is stan­dard in the Aus­tralian cars, both on EcoBoost and GT mod­els. This in­cludes a strut K-brace, unique chas­sis tun­ing, larger rear anti-roll bar on the fast­back and heavy-duty front springs,” says McDon­ald.

“There is also a choice of lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial ra­tios – 3.55 on the EcoBoost auto and 3.31 on EcoBoost man­ual, and 3.55 on the V8.”

Ford has also been track­ing the his­tory of the Mus­tang in Aus­tralia, and early con­ver­sion work in the 1960s.

The first Mus­tangs to ar­rive through of­fi­cial chan­nels in Aus­tralia in 1965 were 48 left-hand drive cars with 289 V8 en­gines. They were con­verted in Syd­ney at the Home­bush plant with the help of sub-con­trac­tors and were joined by an­other 161 cars in 1966.

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