Our alignment with America is now complete. Over the years we have adopted their music, their film & TV shows and of course, their fast food culture. Many US companies, tech and pharmaceutical have their European base here, our connection with our American cousins comforting and secure.
We have in return given them U2, Colin Farrell, JFK and their current President to name a few, our talents of communication a key factor in our success. Now for the first time, we are about to get our derriere’s into one of the most iconic cars in the world, as the Ford Motor Company have given us the first glance at their new Ford Mustang – the first Mustang ever to go on sale in Europe in almost 50 years of production.
Anyone with a hint of motoring in their veins will identify the badge on sight, ready to wallow in the romance of a car that has starred in all our living rooms, since the first of its 9 million units rolled off the production line on April 16th 1964. Introduced by Ford’s Executive Chairman by our very own Bill Ford, new Ford Mustang fastback and convertible models will now take their place physically in our driveways, our heart and soul having bought them decades ago.
The Mustang is one of 25 new vehicles that Ford will launch in Europe in the next five years, its presence undoubtedly going to give Ford more rock ‘n’ roll on the street and positive guilt by association across its entire range.
Some of the design features of the new Ford Mustang include:
- A low roof height and wide stance
- Sleek profile enabled by steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
- Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail lamps
- Contemporary execution of the iconic car’s signature shark-bite front fascia
- Ford Mustang convertible drivers get as standard a multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car an upscale appearance and a quiet cabin.
- Large, clear instrumentation, which puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomy cabin with an aviation-inspired cockpit, while ergonomic and tactile switches and knobs provide control. The vehicle’s width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and a usefully shaped bootspace that can accommodate two golf bags.
Ford’s 5.0‑litre V8 engine, with 426 bhp and 529 Nm of torque may not rumble on our streets, the option of an all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost, turbocharged engine and while it develops 309bhp, (407bhp), its fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions are key to attracting Europe’s car consumers.
Those choosing the automatic transmission option get steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for those times when they need more control in their drive. Both 2.3‑litre EcoBoost and V8-powered GT Mustang models will feature performance brake packages behind standard 19‑inch wheels in Europe
New front and rear suspension systems will endeavour to keep the Mustang’s potential in check. The front gets a new perimeter subframe and a new double ball-joint front MacPherson strut system allows for the use of large, powerful brakes..
The rear gets a new integral-link independent rear suspension, where the geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application, suited for European roads and high speed. New aluminium rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
Drivers taking to the twisty back road or a track day, can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the available Selectable Drive Modes to create the settle their Mustang at their choosing.
The advanced, Ford-developed electronic stability control is tuned to maximise the new Mustang’s dynamic capabilities with features like torque vectoring that directs engine power to individual wheels to keep the car on course. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, manual transmission variants of the Mustang GT include standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
Advanced driver-assist features include standard Ford SYNC with Voice Control and Touchscreen, that lets drivers control their entertainment. European drivers get a navigation system utilising the 8-inch central colour screen in conjunction with a premium 12-speaker sound system.
So now we can only await the arrival of what for some will be the final link in their motoring chain. The Mustang will find Ireland’s hospitality wrapping itself around its muscular body with all the warmth of a long lost relative. I can’t wait.
By Tony Toner, BeepBeep.ie Motoring Correspondent.