Horse. Play

Ford Mus­tang £35,745 OTR/£37,830 as tested

Top Gear (UK) - - GARAGE - TOM FORD

Ithink I’m ei­ther thor­oughly still in the hon­ey­moon pe­riod of Mus­tang own­er­ship or heav­ily drugged, be­cause I’m strug­gling to fnd fault with the 5.0-litre. So the big Brem­bos are a bit grabby in town, I reckon it could be far nois­ier and given enough time and war­ranty-void­ing ex­emp­tions I could shorten the gearshift link­age a fair bit with some suit­ably ap­plied cast­ings, but, hey – I drive it ev­ery day and like it more and more. This is un­usual for me, be­ing as I am a reg­u­lar farmer of fa­mil­iar­ity con­tempt-breed­ing.

It’s not as if I’m a fan­boy. I seem to re­mem­ber think­ing that Mus­tangs are a kind of US-equiv­a­lent Es­cort – a com­mon car with a range that en­com­passes both the des­per­ately tawdry and the de­ter­minedly bril­liant. But this gen­er­a­tion re­ally does have the rounded char­ac­ter that makes it more than just a pass­ing fancy – it’s ca­pa­ble of stay­ing with much more ac­cepted fast ma­chin­ery in terms of go­ing, stop­ping and turn­ing. In fact, the only things you re­ally have to re­mem­ber are a) to rev it (and watch for the revcounter to fash red for the up­change) and b) that the brakes can fade a bit if you re­ally ham­mer them. Oh, and that it’s on win­ter tyres, which – al­though bril­liant – do squirm un­der pres­sure and have a ten­dency to sur­ren­der to un­der­steer more read­ily than their sum­mery coun­ter­parts prob­a­bly will. The cherry? There’s still the cachet of hav­ing a car that’s rare, if not so much the UK au­to­mo­tive uni­corn that it once was. I’m in love.

Look! A blue uni­corn. With­out a horn. Rare and de­light­ful

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