PONY RIDE THE MUSTANG CIRCUS COMES TO TOWN
THE wait is over, Ford Australia’s face saving Mustang has arrived though you will be lucky to get your hands on one. Advance sales are through the roof and a scalper’s market has developed.
The new ‘ pony car’ is loaded with innovative technologies and both engine variants deliver high levels of performance.
According to Ford Australia boss Graeme Whickman “the Ford Mustang truly inspires passion like no other car and it has the iconic history to back it up.”
We would have to agree with that.
THE ‘Stang joins a whole bunch of high performance Fords coming out of the sausage machine. They already have the Fiesta S and Focus ST but stand by for the Focus RS, Falcon XR series sedans and possibly even a performance Mondeo.
The new Mustang looks amazing and backs up the visual with potent performance and sound. It’s a driver’s car that’s available with a V8 or four cylinder engine.
It’s the first time a powerful four cylinder has been offered in Mustang though there was a four in the US before.
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IN THIS case it’s a state-of-the-art 2.3-litre EcoBoost while the V8 is a 5.0-litre unit.
The Mustang’s 2.3 EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance across a broad rpm range. A specially developed intake manifold and turbocharger housing en- able it to deliver 233kW and 432Nm of torque.
The ‘other’ engine is used in various Fords throughout the world and is a throaty 5.0-litre V8, now featuring an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads that help boost output to 306kW and 530 Nm of torque. A new intake manifold features charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds.
This improves air-fuel mixing resulting in improved efficiency and idle stability.
Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked six- speed automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.
THE clean-sheet design of both Mustang fastback and convertible evokes the essential character of the nameplate.
Several key design features define the new Mustang _ a lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear mudguards and track, the return of Mustang fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass, threedimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps, the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille.
The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit.
MUSTANG features a new front and rear suspension. At the front a perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
The double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes.
New Mustang has the most capable brake lineup ever offered on a Mustang. At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application.
The new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity.
Mustang ... the only problem is that they’ve sold out.