Roush stam­pede

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle News -

The own­ers are a very mixed bunch, from long-time Mus­tang fans to peo­ple who are stay­ing loyal to Ford but mov­ing out of a Fal­con XR8 or some­thing with a Ford Per­for­mance Ve­hi­cles badge.

“There are cus­tomers who have or­dered ‘his and hers’ Mus­tangs. Sev­eral of the Mus­tang clubs tell us there are mem­bers who have or­dered one of the new cars to sit in the garage along­side their clas­sic Mus­tangs,” says McDon­ald.

While Aus­tralia is gripped by Mus­tang-ma­nia, the ar­rival of an of­fi­cial right-hand drive model has also sparked huge de­mand in Bri­tain. And that’s de­spite the tax and pump price penalty of the V8 en­gine, and a 61-litre tank that’s been crit­i­cised dur­ing early pre­view drives in the UK.

At home in the USA, the de­mand for Mus­tangs is out­strip­ping the sup­ply line.

“Dur­ing the first six months of this year, 76,124 Mus­tangs were reg­is­tered glob­ally. That’s a 56 per cent in­crease over the same pe­riod last year,” says McDon­ald.

What that means for Aus­tralians is a wait­ing list that stretches to the very back end of 2016. And prob­a­bly fur­ther, once Mus­tang-ma­nia gets into full swing and more peo­ple see cars on the road and start to lust over them.

Aus­tralian Mus­tangs are built at Ford’s Flat Rock plant in Detroit.

The all-new Mus­tang has a rec­om­mended ‘Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ List Price’ start­ing at $44,990 for the six-speed Ge­trag man­ual trans­mis­sion Fast­back, which fea­tures a high per­for­mance 2.3-litre EcoBoost en­gine. A six-speed au­to­matic is a $2500 op­tion.

The range top­per is the six-speed au­to­matic GT 5.0-litre V8 Con­vert­ible, which has an MLP of $63,990. Ram­pag­ing

Roush cars will be part of the Mus­tang stam­pede in Aus­tralia. As com­pa­nies gear up with ev­ery­thing from big­ger wheels to fac­tory dress-up packs – and even Mus­tang cus­tom num­ber plates from VicRoads – the Roush con­nec­tion was con­firmed by Rob Her­rod, the of­fi­cial Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor for Ford Per­for­mance Rac­ing. FPR is Ford’s au­tho­rised ve­hi­cle en­hance­ment brand and not to be con­fused with the name for­merly used by Ford Aus­tralia’s V8 Supercar team, now op­er­at­ing as Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus­tralia with­out, as of the end of 2015 sea­son, fac­tory back­ing.

“Yes, we’ve got big plans for the Mus­tang,” Her­rod con­firmed to AMC in late Novem­ber.

“I can­not talk about it in de­tail just yet, but I’ve been do­ing a lot of work on the Roush con­nec­tion. We’re just wait­ing for the fi­nal con­fir­ma­tion.”

Her­rod’s cos­metic equip­ment from Roush should mean ev­ery­thing from bil­let ped­als and 20-inch al­loy wheels to quar­ter-win­dow scoops and spe­cial bon­nets.

But it’s the per­for­mance up­grade that’s the key, with Her­rod work­ing to lock-in the Roush’s bal­lis­tic Stage 3 su­per­charger kit for the Mus­tang V8. It makes a stonk­ing 500 kilo­Watts of power and sits above the Stage 2 pack with 325 kilo­Watts and a less-punchy pack­age for the EcoBoost four.

Part of the de­lay on Her­rod’s plan could be con­fir­ma­tion of war­ranty sup­port, as Roush cars in the USA are cov­ered by the fac­tory.

There is also the ques­tion of pric­ing, as the orig­i­nal tar­get in the $15,000 range has been hit by the re­cent fall in the value of the Aus­tralian dol­lar.

The Stage 3 Mus­tang pack­age sells from $21,995 in the USA and – apart from the su­per­charger kit – runs to a four-pipe ac­tive ex­haust, height-ad­justable sus­pen­sion, heavy­duty axles, 20-inch wheels with Cooper tyres, and a body kit with ev­ery­thing from a new grille and bon­net scoop to driv­ing lights and graph­ics pack.

Ford Aus­tralia is part of the Roush plan but, as yet, is not talk­ing about how it will work from the fac­tory end or if any of the go-faster or dress-up gear will be added to its own cat­a­logue. But it has fi­nalised an ac­ces­sory ap­pear­ance pack that will be avail­able for both the EcoBoost and GT V8s.

It runs to a deeper front spoiler, side rock­ers, rear spoiler and sticker strips and should be avail­able from the sec­ond quar­ter of 2016.

An­other kit is be­ing de­vel­oped for the Mus­tang con­vert­ible, which also ar­rives later in 2016.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.