PONY RIDE THE MUS­TANG CIR­CUS COMES TO TOWN

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CARS GUIDE - Call Sin­clair Ford, Mul­goa Rd, Pen­rith on 4721 4321.

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.

PER­FOR­MANCE

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.

FOR OR EIGHT

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 LOOK

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.

HAN­DLING

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.

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