It’s the Ford Mustang. It’s the 7th generation Mustang, and it could be the last time this iconic muscle car comes with its signature V8 engine.
Ford has also launched the Ford Mustang with more power, better track focus and increased speed. ‘Dark Horse’ that’ll take on the BMW M4.
Ford Mustang – New design
The Mustang’s new design does a great job of putting its unique spin on iconic icons designThe 1960s original cues. It’s a little sharper than the outgoing car at the front thanks to a more upright front grille with squared-off edges.
The headlights aren’t as pointy as before, but they’re thinner which makes the car look meaner and more aggressive. There are many options for bumper styles depending on the engine that you select. But they look much simpler than the Mustang.
The new Mustang’s silhouette is very much the same from the sides as the existing model. There’s a long bonnet, a raked windscreen and a sloping roofline, although Ford has tweaked the shape of the roof to make it easier to get in and out of the new car if you’re wearing a helmet.
The old car’s contrasting bootlid trim is gone and the tail lights have a single kink in each vertical bar instead of two. You still get the Mustang’s signature quad exhaust pipes underneath though. These pipes are authentic, and you can place a bet on your bottom dollar.
New Ford Mustang engines
The new Mustang range begins with the Ecoboost model’s 2.3L 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol motor. This is the same size as the old Ecoboost Mustang’s engine, but Ford says it changed almost everything about it, including the internal geometry and replacing the turbo.
Power figures are under wraps for now, but Ford hasn’t replaced the turbo for giggles, has it? New Ecoboost will be more powerful than US-spec 330hp and 475Nm torque. ‘high-boost’There are several versions of the turbocharged Mustang.
That’s all well and good, but let’s cut to the chase… Yes, you can still get this new Mustang with a good old 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8. Once again, Ford hasn’t spilled the beans on power and torque, but it should crank out more than 450hp and 556Nm of torque.
New Ford Mustang interior
The interior is one area where Ford hasn’t stuck to the old-school Mustang recipe. The 7th-generation car comes with a completely new infotainment system sporting a 12-inch driver’s display and a 13-inch central touchscreen on top of the dashboard with built-in Amazon Alexa.
Although the interior is modern and more characterful, the remainder of it feels less original. design and you can pick from a range of seat designs and materials, All versions come with a couple of small perches in the back like the old car. Although you won’t want to spend too much time in there – even if you’re rather small.
If you’re worried about headroom, you can always go for a Mustang Convertible instead.
New Ford Mustang gearbox
A six-speed manual gearbox is featured in the new Mustang. It features a rev-matching function that ensures perfect downshifts.
If you’d rather not change gears yourself, you can pay extra to get a 10-speed automatic instead. This option is available only for V8-powered GT cars.
Ford Mustang Performance Pack
The new Mustangs have independent front and rear suspensions. Ford has also added a sportier steering system to the Mustang.
If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, you can also get the new Mustang with an optional Performance Pack. These include extra bracing, limited slip rear differential that provides extra traction for tight corners, larger rear tires and upgraded Brembo brakes with extra cooling ducts.
An active exhaust is included, as well as optional Recaro seat options and an adaptive suspension upgrade.
That’s all pretty normal stuff in most serious performance cars. But what isn’t very serious is the new Mustang ‘drift brake’. This is a manually controlled electronic parking brake that’ll help lock the rear wheels to help you skid the car – in a safe and controlled manner, and not on public roads (of course).
New Ford Mustang Dark Horse
One of the most exciting aspects about the Mustang’s upcoming model is the new ‘Dark Horse’ model.
You can think of this as Ford’s version of BMW’s M ‘Competition’ cars. It’s a more powerful, more track-focussed version of the V8 Mustang GT that comes with a new bodykit and an uprated wngine using parts from the 760hp Shelby GT500.
It won’t say how much power this new Dark Horse actually makes, only that it’s ‘projecting 500hp’. The new BMW M4 Competition has 510hp.
You won’t be able to get the Mustang with 4-wheel drive like that car, but you will be able to get it with the option of an automatic or a MANUAL gearbox. There’s also an optional handling pack, that adds wider tyres, stiffer coil springs, thicker anti-roll bars and a new rear wing.
It’s all designed to give you better traction, stability and control on a race track.
New Ford Mustang price
It will become available in the US starting in 2023. Ford hasn’t confirmed how much it’ll cost yet, but it’ll probably set you back slightly more across the range than the outgoing car.
The US price of a 2.3-L Ecoboost Mustang is just below $29,000, while the equivalent V8 GT model costs around $40,000. Each price will be slightly higher for the new Mustang.
If you want to buy one in the UK, you’ll have to wait a fair bit longer. And you’ll have to pay more when it does finally arrive.
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