UNLEASHED

Chan­nel your in­ner Steve McQueen as mag­i­cal Mus­tang bolts back on scene

Sunday Mail (UK) - - Mail Motors -

Mus­tang... the name is syn­onomous with the all-Amer­i­can mus­cle car and now Ford have unleashed an­other wild horse with their 2018 model.

With an im­pres­sive lin­eage, the iconic Mus­tang is per­haps best known for be­ing driven by Steve McQueen in the clas­sic 1968 movie Bul­litt – and the fa­mous car chase through the streets of San Fran­cisco.

Hav­ing out-sold Porsche for sports cars in Europe last year, Ford are tak­ing aim at the com­pe­ti­tion with this big, stylish car.

Un­der the hood, the Fast­back Coupe and Con­vert­ible mod­els of­fer some­thing for ev­ery car en­thu­si­ast, with a choice of two pow­er­trains.

A 145mph, 290PS, 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol en­gine av­er­ages 0- 62mph in 5.5secs, with a com­bined 31mpg, de­liv­er­ing 200g/km – and the range top­ping 155mph, 450PS, 5.0-litre V8 petrol en­gine hits 0- 62mph in 4.5secs, g iv­ing a com­bined 22.5mpg , de­liv­er­ing 279g/km.

The sweep­ing bon­net with in­cor­po­rated air vents adds a sleek con­tem­po­rary look to the orig­i­nal. New LED lights, along with an op­tional boot lip spoiler, keep the theme of Amer­i­can mus­cle and, with 11 body colours and four types of 19-inch al­loys to choose from, you’re sure to find the per­fect match. With the

loud growl­ing mur­mur from the ex­haust, xhaust, you’ll hear the car be­fore you see it. it

And, it’s more prac­ti­cal than you might think.

There’s plenty space up­front for the tallest of driv­ers al­though it per­haps suits smaller peo­ple in the two rear seats. It of­fers 408 litres of boot space, which is more than some ri­vals.

With com­fort­able leather six-way elec­tric ad­justable seat­ing – and op­tional rac­ing seats – driv­ing the Mus­tang is a joy. Vis­i­bil­ity is good – al­though the rear slop­ing roofline, does re­quire some ex­tra care.

With good road-hold­ing and sharp brakes, the large Amer­i­can mus­cle car doesn’t have to be reined in too much. Road noise in both mod­els is surpr isingly quiet and it ’ s re­spon­sive and nim­ble in town and on mo­tor­ways.

One thing to bear in mind, is its width – the Mus­tang is a wide car.

Inside, you get a well laid- out dash­board. There’s an im­pres­sive all-new 12-inch cus­tomised dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter, along with retro style switches and an eight- inch in­fo­tain­ment touch­screen.

Ap­ple CarPlay and Android Auto are stan­dard as are key­less en­try/ start, adap­tive cruise con­trol, dual cli­mate con­trol and a rear-park­ing cam­era, though sat-nav is ex­tra.

All-new safety fea­tures, in­clud­ing a col­li­sion avoid­ance sys­tem, help im­prove its EuroNCAP rat­ing. Of­fered in both a six- speed man­ual and all-new smooth 10-speed au­to­matic (with steer­ing wheel mounted pad­dles), on the road, the Mus­tang ex­cels and the V8 is a beast.

The Mus­tang has six driv­ing modes, in­clud­ing “drag strip” mode, which com­bines launch con­trol with max­i­mum ac­cel­er­a­tion. There’s even a “quiet” mode to tone down the bom­bas­tic ex­haust so you don’t wake the neigh­bours.

There’s an op­tional Mag­ner­ide sus­pen­sion sys­tem, with its mag­netic liq­uid help­ing im­prove ride and han­dling.

If you want noise and se­ri­ous power, then the V8 is for you.

If it’s more for a daily com­mute, then the EcoBoost might be bet­ter suited.

With some se­ri­ous road pres­ence, Ford have unashamedly pro­duced an Amer­i­can mus­cle car that de­liv­ers a fast, gas-guz­zling, fun drive.

With prices start­ing at £35,995, the Mus­tang of­fers bang for your buck against its com­peti­tors.

Later this year, a more pow­er­ful 50th Bul­litt an­niver­sary edi­tion will be made avail­able.

If you want to be free-roam­ing on the open road, then the Mus­tang is for you.

NEIGH BOTHER Mus­tang boasts a lot of horse­power

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