Ford has officially revealed the all-new 2015 Mustang – the first one in almost 50 years to be sold in right-hand drive guise here in Britain.
And that’s not the only Mustang revolution: Ford’s best-selling sports coupe and convertible will also come with a fuel-saving four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost engine – similar to that found in the Ford Focus ST.
This is perhaps the biggest shock of all. How enthusiasts will respond to the fact Ford’s rolling out a 2.3-litre four-cylinder Mustang remains to be seen… but, as the EcoBoost engine in question just so happens to produce 309hp and 300lb ft of torque, we reckon it could be onto something.
Of course, there ‘aint no substitute for ccs for some. Lucky the new Ford Mustang also has a 5.0-litre V8 engine, then. It produces 426hp and 390lb ft of torque, and is only offered in Mustang GT spec.
A clean-sheet design, the Mustang will be offered in fastback coupe and convertible guise, in manual and automatic form… and there’s also a 3.7-litre V6 engine sitting between the I4 and V8.
Designed by Callum
It’s been designed under the leadership of Ford design boss Moray Callum – yes, he’s brother of Jaguar design boss Ian Callum – who said the Mustang is defined by distinctive elements including a low roof and wide stance, steeply sloping windscreen and rear glass, short rear end capped by tri-bar tail lights… and, of course, the distinctive shark-bite front end look ahead of a long, contoured bonnet.
“You only get one chance to make a first impression and when you see this car, you immediately see a Mustang strong and true,” said Callum.
Something the Mustang has long lacked is sophisticated suspension that lives up to its sporty looks. That’s fixed with this one, says Ford: it has double-joint MacPherson strut suspension at the front, mounted on a stiff new perimeter subframe…
… and at the rear, yes, there’s brand-new multi-link independent suspension. It has bespoke European performance-tuned geometry, springs, dampers and bushes, while aluminium rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass (and show a purposeful, expensive engineering touch).
There are Selectable Driving Modes to alter steering weight and ESC settings, torque vectoring and, on the Mustang GT, standard launch control. Interestingly, it’s the manual transmission versions that get this.
“Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, global product development.
“The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonate with people, even if they’ve never driven one. Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”
Pent-up European demand
Ford of Europe vice president Stephen Odell told BBC 5 Live the time is now right to launch the Mustang in Europe. “There’s pent-up demand,” he said – the Mustang is the most-liked car in the world on Facebook and 1 million of those Likes have come from Europeans.
“The Mustang will be a beacon for Ford – it will represent all our key driving attributes.”
Ford is expected to officially launch the Mustang on 17 April 2014 – 50 years to the day since the original one was revealed. That car has gone on to sell 9 million units…