There aren’t many cars with legendary status. These are cars that change how we think of nations. They define what a car is and what it represents. The Ford Mustang does that for America. It makes us think of that country where Americans just go on long road trips across the states in their Mustang, whilst racing from traffic lights to traffic lights. In 2015, it finally came to Britain’s roads in right-hand drive.
But what is the history of this legendary car?
What does it offer now?
And where is it going in the future?
Mustangs of the past
Mustang has a history of over 50 years. The first Ford Mustang was launched in 1964 and it only had 101 bhp. This first car was so popular it sold a million cars in just 18 months. The 1960s saw Ford work continuously on new models, including a 1967 partnership with Shelby to produce the Shelby GT500 that features in Gone in 60 Seconds with Nicolas Cage.
It is the late 60’s Mustangs that truly set this car on the cultural map. The Mustang GT Fastback 390 launched in 1969 features in Bullitt, driven by Steve McQueen. That film set this car up and its success for the next half century.
However, for a large period of time (two decades, in fact),Mustangs dropped off the map. Altogether, they weren’t as iconic or stylish as the earlier models. From 1984-2004, they never made the impact those earlier models had. Did that stop it being legendary? No. It has already established itself over its first two decades and then in the new millennium, Ford ensured it had a comeback.
In 2005, Ford launched its fifth generation Mustang that clearly took styling tips from the originals. It gave the customers a chance to purchase a Mustang that has that historical pedigree that the brand had been missing the previous two decades. Over the last decade, Ford honed their new Mustangs, slowly improving them further.
Then in 2015, Ford decided to sell their Mustang for the first time globally. This is where Britain received its first taste of a right-hand drive Mustang. This is where we are at this moment, with a right-hand drive Mustang offering you two types of engines to choose from.
The Modern Mustang
The current model of Mustang offers you two choices in terms of available engines. You can choose the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine or a 5.0-litre V8 engine (guess which one Mustang purists prefer).
Let’s talk about the sensible EcoBoost engine first. This 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine produces 312 bhp, that sails from 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds and hits a top speed of 145 mph. That is quick and fast, which is what you want from a Mustang right?
Well, you do also get a combined fuel economy of 34.4 mpg as well, which for a sports car like the Mustang, that is insanely economical.
Then you have the V8 to consider, under the bonnet, you will have a V8 engine developing a whopping 415 bhp. The top speed of this model is electronically limited to 155 mph. But, more importantly, it dashes from 0-60 mph in only 4.9 seconds. It also roars one of the most enjoyable soundtracks available today.
The Mustang has always been the affordable sports car. It was designed to deliver brilliant power and speed for a cheap competitive price when compared with expensive supercars. That does not mean you have a cheap interior. You don’t.
Inside the Mustang’s cabin
When you slide in behind the wheel, the Mustang will leave an impression on you. Before you are the long bonnet that is essential to the look of the classic long-front, short-back muscle car that the Mustang epitomised.
The interior design is simple with the main gauges deeply cowled that gives a throwback to the original Mustangs of the 1960s. The interior is filled with soft-to-touch plastic and metal-looking trim.
The Mustang does have four seats, but in honesty, it is a two-seater muscle car with seats in the rear for children or as storage space. In the boot, you will find 408-litres of capacity available to you.
Enjoy the Mustang drive
Mustangs are famous for their straight line ferocity. But now with Ford building Mustangs to sell globally, they have focused on overall handling. This is why the 2015 Mustang was given a new suspension system that meant it had good body control and a compliant ride.
Mustangs are always fun to drive and this new model is a blast. The steering is sharp and accurate, meaning you can hit a corner and easily make your way through it without ever losing control (not something that could be said with older models).
The new Mustang is coming in 2018
In 2018, Ford is launching a Ford Mustang GT. This will be the fastest Mustang ever built. It will have a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 460 bhp and exploding from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. This is likely down to the V8 engine being paired with a 10-speed automatic gearbox and the new Drag Strip mode.
The Drag Strip mode allows the new Mustang to beat such cars as the Porsche 911 Carrera to 60 mph. Just think about that for a moment. A car designed to be an affordable muscle car will beat a supercar to 60 mph. Impressive, right?
Customers will also have the chance to still get a 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost powered Mustang if you want that more fuel economy friendly car.
Ford is onto an exciting future with the Mustang and it will be interesting to see where they take it after the next model.
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