A mighty Mus­tang

The Galloway News - - MOTORS -

front and rear sus­pen­sion re­sult­ing in more Euro­pean han­dling but the con­vert­ible nat­u­rally suf­fers from los­ing the roof and it is more of a cruiser.

You can feel more flex in its body on rough sur­faces or tight cor­ners but it is a price worth pay­ing if you re­ally want to pose.

This man­ual ver­sion with a six speed gear­box costs £41,595 and noth­ing else on sale can match its power or dra­matic looks for that kind of money. The smaller en­gine ver­sion can be had for about four grand less but you re­ally should splash the cash and en­joy the V8.

It is good for 62mph in just 4.8 sec­onds be­fore go­ing on to a top speed of 155mph.

Run­ning costs with emis­sions of 289g/km and an av­er­age 22mpg will not be cheap but that will not mat­ter to most own­ers.

The Mus­tang fea­tures se­lectable drive modes op­er­ated via tog­gle switches in the cen­tre con­sole and these can be used to ad­just the elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, throt­tle re­sponses, and steer­ing to match Nor­mal, Sport+, Track or Snow/Wet set­tings. There are also options to ad­just the weight and feel of the steer­ing.

The ac­cel­er­a­tion is blis­ter­ing and the steer­ing light and pre­cise while the Brembo brakes fit­ted to the 5.0-litre help you to slow it down quickly when you need to.

I have to ad­mit I think the car is much bet­ter with au­to­matic trans­mis­sion as the man­ual of­fers no real ad­van­tage.

The Mus­tang was a bit of a hand­ful in the wet and you had to be wise and not pour on the power too quickly.

In­side it of­fers lots of equip­ment cou­pled with some neat retro styling touches and all the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in­clud­ing an eight-inch colour touch­screen with a nine-speaker sound sys­tem with SYNC 2 con­nec­tiv­ity to multi-me­dia de­vices. You also get Blue­tooth, a rear view cam­era and lots of other toys.

Fork out an ex­tra £795 and you add sat nav with a pre­mium 12-speaker Shaker Pro Pre­mium au­dio sys­tem.

Some of the plastics are not up to top Euro­pean stan­dards but this car has so much go­ing for it that you won’t care.

With four seats and a de­cent sized boot, the Mus­tang con­vert­ible is sur­pris­ingly prac­ti­cal.

Don’t buy one if you want to stay out of the spot­light as this leg­end at­tracts at­ten­tion ev­ery­where it goes.

Thank­fully it was all pos­i­tive with other mo­torists and pedes­tri­ans ad­mir­ing its sen­sa­tional looks and noise.

Dream ma­chine A car which at­tracts looks wher­ever it goes

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