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Ford Mustang Review

Ford Mustang Tested June 2016


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Highly Recommended. A muscle car for modern times. Addictive, powerful and brilliant.


Road Test

It's fair to say that we've been very patient in the UK waiting for the Ford Mustang. Sure, we've had access to left-hand-drive imports for the 50-year lifetime of this icon of American sports cars. But we've never been able to walk into a Ford showroom and order a right-hooker. At last, though, we can.

It's still built in Michigan, so those fearing that they're not getting a genuinely American car can rest easy. And it's most certainly been worth the five-decade wait. At the risk of using a bit of a cliché, this is a 21st Century muscle car - it's even got the environment in mind.

A bit, anyway - as you can opt for the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which still puts out a tidy 317ps for a 62mph time of 5.8 seconds, while giving you 35 to the gallon and CO2 at 179g/km.

Weirdly, though, after waiting half a century, British buyers have gone for the full-blooded motor - 70 per cent of orders shortly before it went on sale were for the 416ps, 5.0-litre, V8.

Because, honestly, you would. UK buyers have also chosen correctly on body style, with a whopping 80 per cent going for the fastback. Not that we have anything at all against the convertible, but the fastback is just 'right'.

It's sleek, muscular and has chunky proportions that immediately say 'Mustang'. So, 5.0-litre V8. Check. Hardtop. Check. Time to fire her up.

The V8 purrs like a beast straining at the leash - something that the EcoBoost can't claim to do - and it flies when you hit the gas. The drive is satisfying, the power is meaty and immediately on tap through the lovely sharp, short-throw six-speed gearbox. 

There is a six-speed auto, but that's just not proper really, is it? Either way, it feels great behind the wheel, with that hefty feeling combined with excellent power and poise.

There's big presence and big ability on the road, yet it handles like something smaller and lighter. The V8 hits 62mph in just 4.8 seconds and the majorly addictive acceleration will have you all the way to 155mph. You could just spend all day in it and never get bored, not least in track mode and with launch control to play with as well.

And if that's what you want to do, the sat nav and 12-speaker audio system, combined with Ford's much-improved latest touch screen, will make it a pleasure, as well heated and cooled front seats and a rear view camera for when you do finally need to go home.

And if all that wasn't enough, consider it against rivals. The EcoBoost costs a fiver less than £31,000 and the V8 a shade under £35,000. A Jaguar F-Type will cost you at least double that, more for the equivalent engine. The equally brutish Vauxhall VXR8 is also knocking £60k. The Dodge Viper? That's something like £75k. And the Lexus RCF, as wonderful as it is, features a 5.0 V8 as well, but costs £60k.

Price-wise its nearest rivals are the Toyota GT86 and the Nissan 370Z - both great cars, but also both great examples of the fact that the 'Stang is an absolute bargain.



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