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MODEL: Ford Mus­tang 5.0 GT 6-speed man­ual PRICE: £35,745 EN­GINE: 5.0-litre V8 POWER/ TORQUE: 412bhp 0-62MPH: 4.8 sec­onds TOP SPEED: 155mph ECONOMY: 20.9mpg (com­bined) CO2: 299g/km sus­pen­sion is stiffer too, which vastly im­proves sta­bil­ity and ride con­trol.

And, un­like pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of Mus­tang, this model doesn’t re­quire a per­sonal im­port. So the coupe or soft-ver­sions can now be or­dered and ser­viced through Ford’s deal­er­ships. It’s also of­fered with a choice of two en­gines. In terms of ef­fi­cien­cies and run­ning coasts, then the 2.3-litre 313bhp four-cylin­der EcoBoost tur- bo petrol is the most sen­si­ble, but it does feel as though you’re at­tend­ing the world’s dullest party. The 412bhp 5.0-litre V8, on the other hand, which car­ries the fa­mous the GT badge and fea­tures 19” al­loys, brings the party back to life and, at £35k, is twen­ty­grand cheaper than any V8-pow­ered car cur­rently on sale in the UK.

Ford has in­cluded some re­ally neat retro touches within the Mus­tang’s new body­work. Not that any of these styling cues make it any more of a shrink­ing vi­o­let — it re­mains big and brash, overtly Amer­i­can and ever so al­lur­ing. The cabin, which is equally gen­er­ous in size as it is in lev­els of equip­ment, is well-laid out and ex­tremely com­fort­able — even for those sit­ting in the two rear seats. All mod­els re­ceive leather yet the overuse of cheap plas­tic trim does

tend to flaw the gen­eral ef­fect. But that’s the only gripe. In ac­tual fact, the Mus­tang re­ally doesn’t have too many short­com­ings to com­ment on. In­deed, to do so would seem churl­ish and nit­pick­ing as it truly is a glo­ri­ous re­turn to form for the Amer­i­can fire­brand. It’s such a shame then, it will still be seen as a state­ment of how well you are cop­ing with life’s mid­dle years.

Spa­cious, welle­quipped in­te­rior

Avail­able as coupe or con­vert­ible

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