Ford turns it up to 10

Cockburn Gazette - - DRIVEWAY -

DE­SPITE the hype, the Mus­tang V8 re­leased in 2015 wasn’t su­per-quick, rel­a­tively speak­ing, stop­ping the clocks in the 0100km/h dash in about 5.3 sec­onds.

The up­dated model re­leased mid-year is ca­pa­ble of 4.6 sec­onds, if you use drag race launch mode.

In nor­mal mode, it’ll still clock a de­cent 5.0 sec­onds. Tenths of a sec­ond might seem in­ci­den­tal to ca­sual ob­servers but to the diehards, ev­ery frac­tion counts.

The Mus­tang gets the bark to go with its bite, with a deep yet crisp ex­haust note and an en­gine that sounds like a V8 Su­per­car.

There’s a quiet mode if you don’t want to up­set the neigh­bours but most own­ers will leave it in loud mode.

I didn’t re­alise how im­por­tant sound was to the over­all en­joy­ment of a car un­til I tested the su­perquick but al­most-silent and dull-sound­ing Audi RS4 and Porsche Cayman.

The dig­i­tal dash is a stun­ner.

If you know any­one who has just taken de­liv­ery of a new Mus­tang, be pre­pared for a long demo on the new widescreen dig­i­tal dash.

The driver can con­fig­ure it in dif­fer­ent modes, de­pend­ing on mood and what info they want to see at a glance.

It gives the in­te­rior a de­cent lift. Down­sides? The hand­brake lever is still on the pas­sen­ger’s side of the cen­tre con­sole and the but­ton in the mid­dle of the vol­ume dial still isn’t a but­ton.

There’s the length of the bon­net and then there’s the lim­ited over-shoul­der view. U-turns and mul­ti­storey carparks need to be ne­go­ti­ated with ex­tra cau­tion be­cause it’s hard to tell ex­actly where the nose is.

Blind spot warn­ing and large con­vex side mir­rors make it eas­ier to see what’s in ad­ja­cent lanes.

The rear cam­era is also clear ver­sus some of its peers.

This is not a car in which to travel incog­nito.

Its bold looks still draw at­ten­tion wher­ever you go, even with more than 20,000 on Aussie roads since late 2015.

The new slop­ing nose takes some get­ting used to.

I also like the sub­tle changes to the tail-lights and rear bumper.

Most peo­ple will hear it be­fore they see it.

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