Ford’s iconic pony car makes its long awaited debut

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 1, 2015

One of the most eagerly anticipated new models to touchdown in South Africa this year, Ford has officially confirmed pricing and spec details of its iconic Mustang.

Available in right-hand drive for the first time in its illustrious and colourful 51-year history, the sixth generation of the much revered muscle car also ushers in a number of mechanical and technological changes not seen before.

While still instantly recognisable as a Mustang from a styling perspective, most of the changes have taken place under the skin with the dropping of the previous live rear axle setup, in favour of an independent rear suspension, specifically tuned for what Ford calls high performance application.

Constructed mostly out of aluminium and steel, the Mustang also features a perimeter front subframe that is claimed to reduce mass and improve rigidity, double-ball joint MacPherson strut front suspension and, as part of the standard Performance Pack, a special K-brace under the bonnet that is claimed to improve stability.

In addition, all models are fitted as standard with selectable drive modes that allows for adjustment to throttle response, gear changes, steering feedback and ride settings from four settings; Normal, Sport+ Snow/Wet and Track.

Selecting the latter also allows the driver to monitor his performance thanks to the Track Apps function, which shows accelerometer, acceleration times and brake performance on the instrument cluster. A Launch Control system, that kicks-in between 3 000 - 4 500 rpm, is standard in all V8 manual models.

For South Africa, the Mustang will be offered as either a Fastback coupe or soft top convertible with two engine options and a similar selection of transmissions.

Starting off the range, the “base” model makes use of the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine expected next year in the Focus RS, which delivers 233 kW and 430 N.m of torque. A six-speed manual or similar ratio automatic is available on the coupe, with the convertible only featuring the latter.

Top speed is a claimed 239 km/h for all models with the 0-100 km/h dash taking 5.8 secs regardless of transmission choice.

Capping off the range, the GT uses the latest version of Ford’s iconic 5.0-litre normally aspirated V8 that produces 306 kW and 530 N.m of torque. Transmission options mirror that of the EcoBoost with Ford claiming a top speed of 263 km/h and 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 secs.

As expected, standard kit is inclusive with all models sporting SYNC 2 connectivity with Bluetooth and Voice Control, nine-speaker sound system, reverse camera on the eight-inch touchscreen display, heated and cooled front seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, electric windows, LED daytime running lights, illuminated scuff plates, eight-way electric driver and passenger seats, auto folding mirrors with puddle lights, ESP with Traction Control, six airbags, Hill Launch Assist and EBA.

A four year / 120 000 km warranty and five year / 100 000 km service plan is standard across the range.

 

PRICING

MODEL POWER PRICE
2.3 EcoBoost Fastback 233 kW / 430 N.m R699 900
2.3 EcoBoost Fastback AT 233 kW / 430 N.m R719 900
2.3 EcoBoost Convertible AT 233 kW / 430 N.m R779 900
5.0 GT Fastback 306 kW / 530 N.m R819 900
5.0 GT Fastback AT 306 kW / 530 N.m R839 900
5.0 GT Convertible AT 306 kW / 530 N.m R899 900