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