Euro­pean de­but for ‘world’s most liked’ Ford Mus­tang

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

FORD has un­veiled its new Mus­tang – the first ever to go on sale in Europe in al­most 50 years of pro­duc­tion.

Avail­able as a fast­back or con­vert­ible, it will to be built in Amer­ica at the Flat Rock As­sem­bly Plant but will not roll into the UK show­rooms un­til 2015.

“Ford Mus­tang in­spires pas­sion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, a Ford vice pres­i­dent. “The vis­ceral look, sound and per­for­mance of Mus­tang res­onate with peo­ple, even if they’ve never driven one. Mus­tang is def­i­nitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”

More than nine mil­lion Mus­tangs have been sold since it was first launched in 1964. The world’s most-liked ve­hi­cle on Face­book, it has made thou­sands of ap­pear­ances in film, tele­vi­sion, mu­sic and video games and is one of 25 new ve­hi­cles that Ford will launch in Europe in the next five years.

Clas­sic key de­sign fea­tures of the new model in­clude the long sculpted hood, low roof height, wide stance, steeply sloped wind­screen and three­d­i­men­sional, tri-bar tail lamps.

The con­vert­ible has a mul­ti­layer in­su­lated cloth top while both ver­sion boast an avi­a­tion-in­spired cock­pit. The ve­hi­cle’s width and new rear sus­pen­sion con­trib­ute to im­proved shoul­der and hip room for pas­sen­gers and the boot ac­com­mo­dates two golf bags.

En­gine choices in­clude Ford’s 5.0litre V8 en­gine – yield­ing more than 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque – and an all-new 2.3litre Eco­Boost tur­bocharged en­gine with out­put pro­jected at more than 309 PS and 407 Nm of torque. An au­to­matic trans­mis­sion op­tion fea­tures steer­ing wheel-mounted shift pad­dles.

Smart tech­nolo­gies in­cludes tog­gle switches on the con­sole en­abling driv­ers to ad­just steer­ing pa­ram­e­ters, en­gine re­sponse, and trans­mis­sion and elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol set­tings via the avail­able Se­lectable Drive Modes and Ford SYNC with Voice Con­trol and Touch­screen. Prices are “north­wards of £30,000”.

Dave Per­i­cak, Mus­tang chief engi­neer, said: “We built a new Mus­tang from the ground up that is fast, great­look­ing, re­fined and ef­fi­cient, with­out los­ing any of the raw ap­peal that peo­ple around the world have as­so­ci­ated with Mus­tang for decades.”

VIS­CERAL LOOK: The Ford Mus­tang ‘in­spires pas­sion like no other car’; nine mil­lion have been sold since 1964.

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