New Ford Mustang 2015 revealed
The new right-hand drive Ford Mustang will be more economical and more fun to drive than ever before
The new Ford Mustang is set to be better to drive and more economical than the car it replaces, when it goes on sale in early 2015 for around £35,000. It will also be the first Mustang to be available from the factory in right-hand drive.
Although the current Ford Mustang isn't available to buy in the UK, the car has always been popular in America. As is traditional, the top-of-the-range model is fitted with a huge 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine that produces 420bhp, for easy overtaking, an impressive turn of speed and a nice sound.
It’s the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that’s the headline news, however, because it is the first Mustang since the 1970s to be fitted with a small four-cylinder engine. Despite producing an impressive 304bhp it is also set to be the most economical engine ever fitted to a Mustang, although official economy figures have not been released.
Performance is also yet to be confirmed, but expect the new Ford Mustang to be capable of 0-60mph in less than 5 seconds and a top speed of around 175mph. It'll be available with a manual or automatic gearbox, with the latter featuring steering-wheel-mounted gearshift controls.
While the Mustang has always been able to compete with its rivals in terms of outright performance, it has often lagged behind the European cars from BMW, Audi and Mercedes when it comes to fun handling in the corners. To address this, the 2015 Mustang features new rear suspension that brings it in line with the competition. All cars sold in the UK will also be fitted with the company’s Performance Pack, which includes stiffer suspension.
Like many new cars, Mustang owners will be able to choose between different driving modes to set up the car to their tastes and driving style. Both models feature powerful brakes, although the V8 gets bigger brakes than the smaller EcoBoost model.
The 2015 Mustang continues the current model’s legendary looks, with a long bonnet and short rear end, but the new car appears sleeker thanks to being both lower and wider. The Mustang also gets a ‘shark nose’ frontend and revised taillights.
Inside, the interior has also been revised, but mirrors the old car’s simple design. It also offers more high-quality materials, improved passenger space and a better-shaped boot. Convertible models now get a multilayer insulated roof to reduce cabin noise.
Equipment includes Adaptive Cruise Control, which maintains a set distance from the car in front, and a centrally mounted touchscreen with voice activation. UK customers can also opt for a bigger version with an eight-inch screen and a 12-speaker premium stereo.
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