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From the out­side you can barely pick the dif­fer­ence. The four-cylin­der and V8 mod­els have dual ex­hausts and tough looks.

The only way to pick them is the “5.0” badge on the V8’s front fend­ers and the “GT” cap on the tail. The four gets a Mus­tang logo on the rear).

The speed dif­fer­ence is not as great as you might ex­pect. De­spite the Ford claims, we recorded a 0-100kmh time of 5.6 sec­onds in the V8 man­ual and 6.2 secs in the four­cylin­der. You might find quicker times from the buff mags that test on a drag strip with a sticky start line but this is what you’ll get in the real world.

The 2.3-litre turbo four-cylin­der (233kW/432Nm) has more grunt than the Mus­tang V8 did 10 years ago (223kW/432Nm).

Nine out of 10 or­ders are for the V8 but the four is the think­ing per­son’s Mus­tang: it’s $10,000 cheaper, more fuel ef­fi­cient and barely any slower. None but the trag­ics will pick the dif­fer­ence.

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