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New 'stang!

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Will be available In right hand drive AND!!!!!   in half 'stang mode.  (ie 4 cylinder engine option )

Oh, and it might cost from £30K upwards.

 

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The new Ford Mustang has been officially revealed, and will go on sale in the UK with right-hand drive for the first time in more than four decades.

 

The all-new Mustang, seen here officially for the first time, will be launched on 17 April 2014, 50 years to the day after the original was launched in the US.

 

It is the latest global model developed under the ‘One Ford’ plan, but Ford claims that 
the character has not been altered as a result. The car has already been seen in a series of leaked images online.

 

“We didn’t decide to do a global Mustang,” said programme boss Dave Pericak. “We decided to take the Mustang global.”

 

It’s a vital distinction. “Everything we do is to make a Mustang, and then take it global with homologation. We didn’t change the recipe.” That the hugely successful current model was the conceptual starting point is partial proof of that, even if “the only commonality is the wheelbase — every sheet metal panel is different, and only two fasteners are retained”.

 

The biggest difference is that the Mustang has finally adopted independent rear suspension, 30 years after most manufacturers jettisoned live rear axles. Ride quality is improved greatly and the 
front suspension is also redesigned as a result, according to Pericak. The new car sits on 19-inch wheels.

 

The latest Mustang is lighter and stiffer and its bigger cabin benefits from a major quality upgrade.

 

The double-wing dashboard style of the 1964 and 2004 cars remains. Big dials and aeronautical graphics complete this familiar but 
more sophisticated confection. An eight-inch infotainment touchscreen is located in the centre of the cabin, and will be equipped with navigation software for Europe.

 

Entirely new to the Mustang is a 305 bhp/300lb ft 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost engine.  Pericak claims that it’s “a ton of fun 
to drive, very well balanced 
and rewarding. It sounds powerful and like it belongs 
in a Mustang”.  :o

 

The 5.0-litre V8 is the carried-over 420 bhp/390 lb ft Coyote motor and will be upgraded to 500 bhp within 18 months. The base 3.7-litre V6, which won’t come to the UK, is unchanged at 305 bhp. Ford had planned to ditch this engine but has kept it in the US to keep the Mustang’s base price low.

 

The six-speed manual and auto transmissions are unaltered, too, which means optional steering-wheel mounted paddles are also retained. A 10-speed automatic is in development, but is still two years away. 

 

The new look of this latest Mustang is “definitely not retro”, according to Pericak. “We’re looking into the future and the next 50 years.” However, as design boss Moray Callum explained, making the new Mustang “instantly recognisable” was a priority. The proportions are improved, and the bluff front end is retained, along with the forward-leaning, “shark-bite” grille, he said.

 

The wedged flanks of the outgoing car have given way to horizontal lines and tautly muscled wheelarches “that support the powerdome bonnet”, said Callum, “and the triple bar tail-lights could only be a Mustang”.

 

Plenty of signature Mustang design features are absent, including the ‘C’ scoops in the flanks and the shapely rear side windows made famous by the Shelby Mustang.

 

Callum talked about “editing” the palette of Mustang design flourishes, because it’s impractical to include them all and they didn’t want a retro design.

 

That said, the convertible’s silhouette echoes the 1964 notchback Mustang, its elegant fabric hood needing just seven seconds to fold, underlining Pericak’s claim that “there’s not a system or component on the car that’s untouched”.

 

“You only get the 50th anniversary chance once. This was an opportunity to do it big and do it right.”

 

While pricing for the new Mustang has yet to be officially revealed, it is expected to cost from around £30,000.

 

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It'll only be 'around' £30k with most of the 'standard' US kit stripped off it and put in parts bins so customers can add dealer fitted options.... like what they do in 'Merica.

 

OK looking, but a Mustang isn't a Mustang with out a V8 and would expect those versions to be eye wateringly expensive - and not just to buy but on tax and fuel consumption.

 

Love the fact that the 10 speed automatic box is 'two years away' - presumably thats light years.

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It'll only be 'around' £30k with most of the 'standard' US kit stripped off it and put in parts bins so customers can add dealer fitted options.... like what they do in 'Merica.

 

OK looking, but a Mustang isn't a Mustang with out a V8 and would expect those versions to be eye wateringly expensive - and not just to buy but on tax and fuel consumption.

 

Love the fact that the 10 speed automatic box is 'two years away' - presumably thats light years.

 

 

Utter sacrilege.  Can you imagine the disappointment in seeing one them in the rear view, winding down the window to listen to a deep bassy V8 and then to only get a poxy 4 pot wheeze and put-put?  What were they thinking!

I hope, I certainly hope Corvette's don't follow this silly path.

 

Everybody who buys the 4 pot deserves this:-

 

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Sad times.

 

light years,,,,,,  great one!  It is America, so must be light years!  :roflmao:

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