The owners are a very mixed bunch, from long-time Mustang fans to people who are staying loyal to Ford but moving out of a Falcon XR8 or something with a Ford Performance Vehicles badge.
“There are customers who have ordered ‘his and hers’ Mustangs. Several of the Mustang clubs tell us there are members who have ordered one of the new cars to sit in the garage alongside their classic Mustangs,” says McDonald.
While Australia is gripped by Mustang-mania, the arrival of an official right-hand drive model has also sparked huge demand in Britain. And that’s despite the tax and pump price penalty of the V8 engine, and a 61-litre tank that’s been criticised during early preview drives in the UK.
At home in the USA, the demand for Mustangs is outstripping the supply line.
“During the first six months of this year, 76,124 Mustangs were registered globally. That’s a 56 per cent increase over the same period last year,” says McDonald.
What that means for Australians is a waiting list that stretches to the very back end of 2016. And probably further, once Mustang-mania gets into full swing and more people see cars on the road and start to lust over them.
Australian Mustangs are built at Ford’s Flat Rock plant in Detroit.
The all-new Mustang has a recommended ‘Manufacturers’ List Price’ starting at $44,990 for the six-speed Getrag manual transmission Fastback, which features a high performance 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. A six-speed automatic is a $2500 option.
The range topper is the six-speed automatic GT 5.0-litre V8 Convertible, which has an MLP of $63,990. Rampaging
Roush cars will be part of the Mustang stampede in Australia. As companies gear up with everything from bigger wheels to factory dress-up packs – and even Mustang custom number plates from VicRoads – the Roush connection was confirmed by Rob Herrod, the official Australian distributor for Ford Performance Racing. FPR is Ford’s authorised vehicle enhancement brand and not to be confused with the name formerly used by Ford Australia’s V8 Supercar team, now operating as Prodrive Racing Australia without, as of the end of 2015 season, factory backing.
“Yes, we’ve got big plans for the Mustang,” Herrod confirmed to AMC in late November.
“I cannot talk about it in detail just yet, but I’ve been doing a lot of work on the Roush connection. We’re just waiting for the final confirmation.”
Herrod’s cosmetic equipment from Roush should mean everything from billet pedals and 20-inch alloy wheels to quarter-window scoops and special bonnets.
But it’s the performance upgrade that’s the key, with Herrod working to lock-in the Roush’s ballistic Stage 3 supercharger kit for the Mustang V8. It makes a stonking 500 kiloWatts of power and sits above the Stage 2 pack with 325 kiloWatts and a less-punchy package for the EcoBoost four.
Part of the delay on Herrod’s plan could be confirmation of warranty support, as Roush cars in the USA are covered by the factory.
There is also the question of pricing, as the original target in the $15,000 range has been hit by the recent fall in the value of the Australian dollar.
The Stage 3 Mustang package sells from $21,995 in the USA and – apart from the supercharger kit – runs to a four-pipe active exhaust, height-adjustable suspension, heavyduty axles, 20-inch wheels with Cooper tyres, and a body kit with everything from a new grille and bonnet scoop to driving lights and graphics pack.
Ford Australia is part of the Roush plan but, as yet, is not talking about how it will work from the factory end or if any of the go-faster or dress-up gear will be added to its own catalogue. But it has finalised an accessory appearance pack that will be available for both the EcoBoost and GT V8s.
It runs to a deeper front spoiler, side rockers, rear spoiler and sticker strips and should be available from the second quarter of 2016.
Another kit is being developed for the Mustang convertible, which also arrives later in 2016.