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