Available here in 2016 in right hand drive for the first time in its fifty-year history, the Mustang causes heads to whiplash and is captured by cameras nationwide.
As with all cars during their model run, the Mustang has had the decorators in and added some extra pzazz to attract new and existing devotees to a name that transcends motoring.
Outside changes to the convertible and fastback include a lower bonnet, complete with new vents, a revised lower grill, new LED lighting and alloy wheels, with the engines, suspension and addition of driver assistance and customisation options on the menu. Underneath recalibrated shock absorbers, a stiffer rear suspension and thicker anti-roll bars promise better control and a more tactile drive experience.
Those choosing the Mustang’s 5.0-litre V8 get to manage its 443bhp in six-speed manual, which now comes with rev-matching technology on downshifting and a ten-speed, twin-clutch, paddle-shift automatic Yep, ten-speed transmission!! I want!!
For anyone with a modicum of cool there is a special edition Shadow Black or Highland Green Mustang Bullitt, propelled by a tweaked 5.0 litre V8 with 460bhp and 529Nm of torque. Steve McQueen would be proud.
The lesser, but still seriously potent and more fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine will undoubtedly be our best seller here, with its 285bhp and 440Nm of torque, a tad tamer than the V8, and very easy to live with.
Launch Control operating via electronic Line Lock, applies the front brakes on their own, thereby allowing the driver to spin the rear wheels and warm the tyres while stationary, is standard on 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine and the 5.0 litre V8 – just the thing to get you noticed at the village traffic lights – not!
The 2018 Mustang comes with new MagneRide adjustable suspension and selectable Drive Modes that include a new customisable My Mode option. With MagnaRide, a unique fluid inside the damper can be electronically stimulated to offer higher or lower damping resistance, depending on the driving scenario, with sensors monitoring conditions one thousand times per second.
A new Active Valve Performance Exhaust delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for a more delicate and considerate auditory arrival or departure in the V8 during early-morning or late-night.
Driver assistance technologies on board the Mustang include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid. Also on offer is the very useful Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert, ideal for those motorway journey where the needle can wander into forbidden territory.
A customisable, all-digital, 12-inch LCD instrument cluster delivers information displays optimised to match the selected Drive Mode – similar to the Ford GT supercar. The cluster configuration will automatically change depending on Drive Mode, and can be programmed by the driver to display a range of gauges in one of seven colours. Drivers of Mustangs equipped with the 12-inch display will see video-game-style animation when the Electric Line Lock feature is activated.
The new Mustang also features Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, which allows drivers to control their connected smartphones, audio, navigation, and climate functions with conversational voice commands, and by using pinch and swipe gestures on the central 8-inch touch screen. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Soft touch materials now feature for the door linings and the door handles are finished in aluminium. The centre console features a new hand-stitched, soft-touch wrap, finished with stitching in a contrast colour. The instrument panel surround is available in four new aluminium finishes.
A Carbon Sport interior package is also available across the Mustang range, including suede-effect Alcantara door and seat inserts, plus a carbon fibre instrument panel surround and gear knob. Leather-trimmed, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are also offered across the line-up.
Two new Drive Modes help drivers match electronic stability control, throttle response, automatic gear-shift patterns, steering and Active Valve Performance Exhaust settings to the driving scenario. In addition to Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet Modes:
- Drag Strip Mode optimises performance for maximum acceleration standing starts and quarter-mile performance at dedicated drag racing strips
- My Mode enables drivers to select their own preferred settings for performance, dynamics and exhaust sound