The Ford Mustang is Coming
A number of great American Institutions made there ways over to these shores in 1960s. From Elvis Presley to Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, Dustin Hoffman’s Midnight Cowboy, and the Adventures of Star Trek. But for car and motoring enthusiasts there has always been one glaring omission; an American classic which has never been released in the UK; the Ford Mustang. Well, it may have taken half a century, but at last the Mustang is here and set for release in the next year.
The original Mustang is an undisputed classic, the vehicle that gave birth to the ‘pony car’ style (coupes with long hoods and short rear decks) in the US and would be Ford’s best-selling vehicle since the Model A of the 1920s, a period when choice in for motorists was slim and slimmer. The vehicles cult status became cemented in 1968 when Steve McQueen tore through the streets of San Francisco in one in the film Bullitt.
So with this much hype and anticipation can the 2015 Ford Mustang really live up to its billing or will it be the Waterworld of motoring; huge billing for what proved ultimately to be a best-forgotten flop. Ahead of the launch Ford has already made bold moves on the Mustang’s make-up, but will they pay off?
The engine and chassis are the two areas where the most marked change will be felt. In terms of the former, though a 5litre V8 engine version will be available the majority of models on sale in the UK will instead utilise a 2.3 litre turbocharged EcoBoost engine which will deliver 304 horsepower, but will also offer better fuel economy, good news for anyone seeking day insurance. As for the chassis Ford are set to implement a multi-link independent suspension to improve the ride quality.
For the 2015 version Ford’s design team in Michigan have tweaked with their most recent Mustang design, making the car lower – as much as 7cms lower on the boot – and wider too. The wheel arches being the widest point of the vehicle retaining the snarling appearance of all classic takes on the Mustang.
The Mustang’s interior has been designed to reflect the power and strength of the Mustang’s backstory; cockpit like circular dials surround the driver, with a row of flip switches controlling a number of interior features, whilst a decidedly manly slice of aluminium across the dash satisfies the vehicles decidedly masculine past.
All the early signs suggest that the Ford Mustang’s UK release could well have been worth the long wait so it could be some time to fulfil those childhood fantasies by taking out one day car insurance and setting off on as long a test drive as possible to enjoy the latest great American import.