Headline news is extra power in the 5.0-litre V8 engine. Now producing a lovely 450hp, Ford has freed an additional 35hp out of the motor. The rev limiter sits at 7,500rpm, which is pretty high for a V8 and up from 7,000rpm in the outgoing model. It also serves up 529Nm of torque, meaning it’s more powerful even at lower revs.
Out goes the six-speed automatic and in comes a sophisticated 10-speed transmission. This new ‘box increases fuel economy slightly and improves acceleration, as the gear ratios are closer together than in the current automatic gearbox. Combine the V8 and the auto, and you’ll be able to hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.3 seconds.
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine has been tweaked to offer enhanced fuel economy, so you won’t have to fill up quite so often. It’s also slightly torquier, making up for a small drop in horsepower. As a result, it should be just as fast as the current car.
A comprehensive assortment of driver assistance systems is offered in the new Mustang, including pre-collision assist and pedestrian detection, reducing the severity of an accident or completely preventing it. Adaptive cruise control helps you stay a safe distance away from the car in front, while lane departure warning and lane keep assist keep the car between the white lines.
The new Mustang is much sleeker and more athletic, but it retains all of the character you expect from this American legend. A lower bonnet features integrated air vents to improve cooling, while the redesigned lower grille area improves aerodynamic efficiency. The inclusion of a new front splitter keeps the car planted on the road, while a rear spoiler is available to make it look even sportier.
Light up the drag strip with this new car. Not only does it feature launch control, which maximises traction and makes starts consistent, but electronic Line Lock is now included on the V8 and EcoBoost models. It brakes the front wheels and lets the rear wheels spin, allowing them to heat up for optimum drag racing performance. There’s also a new Drag Strip driving mode.
Thanks to an active exhaust with openable valves, the Mustang can be as loud or quiet as you need it to be. Good Neighbour Mode can automatically limit the exhaust noise at certain times, so you can fire up the V8 early in the morning without waking your neighbours.
Opt for the performance pack and you’ll receive a few choice upgrades that make the Mustang even sportier. The chassis has been tweaked, there are new Michelin Cup 2 tyres and Ford’s innovative MagneRide adaptive suspension is fitted. The latter reacts incredibly quickly to changing road conditions, which are monitored 1,000 times per second.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 1968 Bullitt Mustang, Ford has revealed a special Bullitt Edition. It’s good news indeed – two surly paint colours, even more power and Bullitt touches are among the new additions. And it’s coming to the UK! Read more about it here.