NEW CAR DE­BRIEF

2018 FORD MUS­TANG

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1 Wait – this one’s new?

It doesn’t look a lot di er­ent, but Ford’s re­vised-for-2018 Mus­tang has un­der­gone a sub­tle de­sign tweak. The fresh look in­cludes a lower bon­net and a face that’s ‘more ag­gres­sive’ (ac­cord­ing to Ford; uglier, we say) and a fat­ter di user at the rear. LED lights are now stan­dard, and there are some bright new colours. 2 Surely it’s more than skin deep?

There are me­chan­i­cal changes, in­clud­ing a power re­duc­tion for the en­try EcoBoost (for lower emis­sions), down from 313bhp to 286bhp, but there’s more torque than be­fore. Good news for V8 fans, though, as the hairy-chested op­tion now puts out 444bhp (up from 415bhp) and there’s a higher rev limit. 3 Any other changes?

The slushy six-speed auto op­tion has been ditched for a new 10-speed gear­box, while the re­cal­i­brated shock ab­sorbers, sti er rear sus­pen­sion and thicker anti-roll bars should help han­dling. Drive modes now in­clude a Drag Strip set­ting for quick starts and a Good Neigh­bour mode for qui­eter driv­ing in town. 4 Not quite as crude, then?

There’s all sorts of grown-up stu : emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion is on the kit list, along with dis­tance alert, adap­tive cruise and lane de­par­ture warn­ing. This ex­tra safety kit should mean it gets a slightly bet­ter EuroNCAP rat­ing than the frankly dis­mal two stars of its pre­de­ces­sor.

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