Yes, the latest Pony car from the US has landed! The 2015 Ford Mustang is a sight to behold but best of all is the fact that it can finally be purchased with the steering wheel in the correct position for we enthusiasts here in the UK. It certainly has the looks, it’s got the pedigree (it is now 50 years old) and it has the performance. It also has a 4 cylinder engine to bring down emission figures.
The top of the range car comes with a 5 litre V8 that will complete a 0-62 sprint in less than 5 seconds, bringing it in line with most other sports/performance cars out there. It’ll light up the tyres easily if that’s your think but it’s worth pointing out that this latest incarnation is no oversimplified brute – gone are the leafsprings and poor handling of the past and instead we have a car that is genuinely capable of taking it to some of Europe’s finest.
Ford Mustang drivers can optimise the car’s performance to suit their mood and driving conditions using selectable drive modes, and away from the public highway can use Track Apps to monitor driving performance. Ford Mustang 5.0-litre V8 drivers also can achieve the fastest possible acceleration off the line on the track assisted by Launch Control technology. Mustang also delivers up to 0.97g when cornering.
“The new Ford Mustang will be wickedly fast off the line and throw you back in your seat with a thrilling engine soundtrack,” said Hermann Salenbauch, Mustang vehicle line director. “But Mustang isn’t just fast in a straight line. The ride and handling will be a revelation for European drivers.”
The Ford Mustang usesfully independent front and rear suspension and rear for both sporty dynamics and comfort, including integral-link rear suspension that optimises ride comfort and mechanical grip, and double-ball-joint front MacPherson struts that enable large, powerful brakes without affecting steering feel.
The body structure is 28 per cent stiffer than the previous generation Mustang. Weight distribution of 54 per cent at the front for the 5.0-litre V8 and 53 per cent at the front for the 2.3?litre EcoBoost contributes to responsive and precise handling.
Lightweight materials include aluminium used for the bonnet, front wings, suspension, transmission and brakes. High-strength steels, laser welding and hydro-forming techniques contribute to the stiffer body for an enhanced driving experience and safety.
Whether you love it or hate it, you can’t argue about the Ford Mustang’s place in history and how iconic it is. That’s why it is the ‘Something For The Weekend’ car for May. I for one really hope to get up close and personal with one soon!