The UK's dream Mustang looks like this

Nearly half a million people across Europe have configured their dream Mustang on Ford’s website during its first month of sales – and this is the most popular specification in the UK.

While the divide between the 314hp 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost and the 418hp 5.0-litre V8 was split 50/50 across Europe, browsers in the UK favoured the larger engine. 54% of those configuring their Mustang in the UK opted for the V8 – compared to 60% in Germany, but just 41% in Spain and 39% in Italy.

And expect Race Red to be the most popular colour when UK deliveries start later this year – 22% of those speccing their car opted for this colour, making it the most popular – followed by Deep Impact Blue (17%).

Most Europeans opted for a dark Ebony interior, accounting for 61% of configurations – while 28% also opted for the Custom Pack. This includes a premium audio system with navigation along with climate controlled seats, reverse parking sensors, 19-inch alloys and chrome window surrounds.

Two-thirds of models specified included a manual gearbox – proving there’s still life in the manual transmission yet.

This is the first time the Ford Mustang has officially been on sale in Europe, with orders now open at selected FordStores in metropolitan areas.