‘This is the James Dean of cars’
THE galloping pony is here; but if you want one, you may have to wait a few years — unless you win the “Mustang Lotto” of course.
Ford has unleashed its legendary beast onto Mzansi’s roads for the first time, dropping potential buyers to their knees begging to take the reigns.
With a waiting list probably as long as the car itself, Ford has introduced the ‘Mustang Lottery’.
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It is a competition like no other. Fifteen lucky victors will each win the opportunity to purchase the all new Mustang ahead of the existing waiting list, said to be anywhere between two to three years.
Operating on a sweepstake basis, the competition will run until the end of February next year and potential buyers can enter on Ford’s website.
But if you end up as one of the thousands of dark horses when the competition concludes, is the Mustang worth the wait?
Hell Yes! It may not be the fastest or the classiest, but it has been a while since I have driven a car with so much soul. Ford has somehow managed to encapsulate the rebellious spirit of freedom and fun entrenched in the Mustang’s pedigree.
This is the James Dean of cars.
The first of the two Mustang derivatives is the more subtle 2.3-litre EcoBoost. The tamed pony is introverted enough for daily commuting but also assertive when your right foot goes down.
Its acclaimed power plant delivers 233kW and 430Nm of torque, which according to Ford, gets it from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds. And it isn’t thirsty. Ford claims a combined fuel economy of 8.0l/100km, but the quick-revving seamless gearbox makes it impossible for the driver to want to achieve this.
The snarling beast of the two, the five-litre V8, comes standard with an exhaust like the cracking of thunder and bowel-releasing torque that surprises you when you least expect it.
Accompanying a precise and responsive six-speed gearbox, the massive engine churns out 306kW and 530Nm of torque, catapulting the car from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.
With this derivative, Ford have gone beyond the call to stay true to the essential racing spirit of the Mustang with features like ‘TrackApps’, which time your acceleration and straight-line racing laps as well as ‘Line Lock’, which brakes the front wheels so you can warm up those rear tyres at the start line.
With similar aesthetics in both derivatives as well as Ford’s performance package standard across the range, the Mustang is feature-packed.
Like the cockpit of a fighter
jet, the interior is driver-centred and functional with chromed switches, vibrant dials and ambient lighting. The Mustang commands a level of respect that surpasses even a super car.
Yes, people may stop and stare when you pull up in a Ferrari, but while driving in the Mother City with the Mustang’s top down, people saluted.
And that is what this car is. It is history redefined.
It stands for something more than commuting or racing.
It stands for the road less travelled — pure driving autonomy.
It is safe too, for a muscle car.
In a press statement, Ford said the advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximise Mustang’s dynamic capabilities.
When the time comes to turn up the wick at a track, new Mustang GT includes standard launch control on manual-transmission models that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
The Electronic line-lock and launch control technology — standard on the Mustang GT with manual transmission – can help drivers achieve more consistent performance from run to run. With the electronic line-lock feature enabled, when a driver releases the brake pedal, the hydraulic control unit for the stability control system will keep the front brakes locked while releasing the rear brakes.
When Mustang is sitting in the burnout box of a drag strip, for example, the driver can apply the accelerator to spin up the rear wheels to warm the tyres for maximum grip. This can all be done without having to balance one foot on the brake and the other on the accelerator pedal, or install a mechanical line-lock.
With the tyres properly warmed up, drivers can pull up to the staging line, engage launch control, and get a perfect catapult as soon as the lights go green. The Track Apps function includes launch control and electronic line-lock (on the V8 manual), as well as an accelerometer, acceleration timer and brake performance display.
SYNC2 lets drivers control their smartphone and multimedia devices to listen to their favourite form of entertainment. The system includes voice control, Bluetooth connectivity, eight-inch colour touch screen, dual USB ports and an SD card slot. The new Mustang’s reverse parking sensors, with visuals in the display screen, will also help with those tricky parking situations.
Ford MyKey is fitted as standard on the Mustang, allowing up to four keys to programmed, controlling aspects such as vehicle speed, audio volume, driverassist features and seatbelt reminders. An individual Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) is also provided.
Convenience features in the Mustang include Auto wipers and lights, adjustable LED mood lighting, puddle lamps with the projected Mustang logo, Illuminated door sills, and 8-way adjustable electronic seats (standard) with heating and cooling function
The Mustang is also equipped with disc brakes all round incorporating four-sensor, four-channel ABS, complemented by AdvanceTrac electronic stability control.
On the Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost, 352mm ventilated front brake discs are controlled by four-piston aluminium callipers, along with 330mm vented discs and a single-piston calliper at the rear.
The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts larger 380mm front discs along with advanced six-piston Brembo callipers up front for phenomenal stopping power.
• Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback manual R699 900
• Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback auto R719 900
• Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Convertible auto R779 900
• Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback manual R819 900
• Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback auto R839 900
• Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible auto R899 900
Ford’s new Mustang redefines muscle car history, standing for something more than commuting or racing. AMIL UMRAW drove it … and came back a convert.
Calling all petrolheads, a test drive in the new Mustang is one Christmas you should not miss, and with prices starting at R700k for the 2,3-litre Mustang, this pony car is also half the price of the super cars it competes with in the fun-to-drive stakes.