Ford has revealed almost 2,000 orders have been taken for its bargain-priced new Mustang, available for the first time in right-hand drive guise – and 70% of buyers have eschewed the fuel-efficient 314hp 2.3-litre turbo engine and chosen the 416hp 5.0-litre V8.
That’s despite the V8 officially only averaging 20.9mpg and 299g/km, compared to the four-cylinder 2.3 Ecoboost’s presumably much more Brit-friendly 35.3mpg and 179g/km CO2.
It seems the ultra-keen pricing of the V8 – just £4,000 more than the already-competitive £29,995 Mustang Ecoboost – has won over the early adopters, despite this wild 120g/km CO2 difference between the two.
Unlike the convertible model: this costs an equally-sharp £1,500 more than the Fastback, yet it’s only been taken up by 1 in 5 buyers – the vast majority prefer the coupe.
The jury’s out on preferred transmission though, reveals Ford: it’s 55% manual, 45% auto. A similar 50/50 split can be seen for £1,795 Custom Pack uptake, despite it including sat nav, Shaker Pro audio, climate-controlled seats, extra chrome and Luster Nickel silver alloys.
If you really want to stand out on the road in your new Mustang, though, be sure to pick a Triple Yellow one. Less than 1 in 10 of buyers have chosen that colour, compared to nearly 1 in 4 taking Race Red…