New Ford Mustang 0-62mph time revealed

The Ford Mustang can be specified and ordered in the UK for the very first time

Ford has announced that the new Mustang is capable of getting from 0-62mph in just 4.8 seconds. The figure was achieved in the range-topping 415bhp V8 model, which gets a launch control system that holds engine revs and minimises spinning of the rear wheels to ensure the perfect getaway every time. The less powerful 313bhp 2.3-litre EcoBoost model can do the 0-62mph sprint in 5.8 seconds.

The iconic American model will cost from £28,995 in the UK and is available to order now. It's the first time buyers have been able to choose, specify and order a Ford Mustang in the UK after more than 50 years of production.

New Mustang models can be ordered through FordStores, Ford's small network of specialist dealers authorised to sell Mustangs and models sold under the brand's forthcoming premium brand, Vignale. The first new Mustangs will arrive in the UK in late autumn.

You can use an online configurator or a smartphone app to specify your perfect Mustang. The app shows how a Mustang will look, taking into account colour, specification and alloy wheel choice. You can also view your potential car in a real-life setting using augmented reality, as well as hear engine sounds and share photos of your virtual Mustang.

Both convertible and coupe versions of the Mustang are offered and both are sold in right-hand drive. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine has been introduced to make the Mustang more economical (officially, it returns 35.3mpg), but for purists the traditional American 5.0-litre V8 model remains the one to have. As well as the two engine choices, you can pick between a six-speed manual or an automatic gearbox.

Irrespective of the model chosen, CO2 emissions are high enough that road tax will be expensive. The 2.3-litre engine with a manual gearbox emits 179g/km, meaning road tax will cost £225 a year. The V8 model is only good for 20.9mpg and emits a whopping 299g/km for an annual road tax bill of £505.

Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, powerful brakes, automatic headlights, LED rear lights, dual-zone climate control, a nine-speaker stereo system, an eight-inch colour touchscreen and Ford's SYNC 2 voice-control technology.

Options include heating and cooling functions for the seats, different alloy wheel finishes and a range of 10 paint colours, including Competition Orange and tri-coat Triple Yellow.

The launch control system comes as part Ford's 'Track Apps', which help you get the most out of the car on a circuit. They can be controlled via the steering wheel and viewed in the instrument panel and include an accelerometer, acceleration timer and brake performance monitor.

Automatic models cost £1,500 more than manual versions. Cars with the 5.0-litre V8 engine cost from £32,995, making this among the cheapest V8-engined cars sold in the UK.

Ford's European sales and marketing boss, Roelant de Waard, said: "There's never been a better time to introduce this iconic car across Europe. All-new Ford Mustang is the most modern, technologically advanced and forward-looking Mustang in the amazing history of [this car].

"Being able to specify a Mustang that reflects your individual character has always been a key part of the model's appeal. With our new app, customers will be able to see exactly how the all-new Mustang could look outside their house and as a part of their life."

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