Ford turns it up to 10
DESPITE the hype, the Mustang V8 released in 2015 wasn’t super-quick, relatively speaking, stopping the clocks in the 0100km/h dash in about 5.3 seconds.
The updated model released mid-year is capable of 4.6 seconds, if you use drag race launch mode.
In normal mode, it’ll still clock a decent 5.0 seconds. Tenths of a second might seem incidental to casual observers but to the diehards, every fraction counts.
The Mustang gets the bark to go with its bite, with a deep yet crisp exhaust note and an engine that sounds like a V8 Supercar.
There’s a quiet mode if you don’t want to upset the neighbours but most owners will leave it in loud mode.
I didn’t realise how important sound was to the overall enjoyment of a car until I tested the superquick but almost-silent and dull-sounding Audi RS4 and Porsche Cayman.
The digital dash is a stunner.
If you know anyone who has just taken delivery of a new Mustang, be prepared for a long demo on the new widescreen digital dash.
The driver can configure it in different modes, depending on mood and what info they want to see at a glance.
It gives the interior a decent lift. Downsides? The handbrake lever is still on the passenger’s side of the centre console and the button in the middle of the volume dial still isn’t a button.
There’s the length of the bonnet and then there’s the limited over-shoulder view. U-turns and multistorey carparks need to be negotiated with extra caution because it’s hard to tell exactly where the nose is.
Blind spot warning and large convex side mirrors make it easier to see what’s in adjacent lanes.
The rear camera is also clear versus some of its peers.
This is not a car in which to travel incognito.
Its bold looks still draw attention wherever you go, even with more than 20,000 on Aussie roads since late 2015.
The new sloping nose takes some getting used to.
I also like the subtle changes to the tail-lights and rear bumper.
Most people will hear it before they see it.