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New Ford Mustang set for world debut
Ford to bring legendary muscle car to UK showrooms for first time, dealers already being briefed ahead of its arrival

To coincide with the muscle car’s 50th anniversary in 2014, Ford will launch it across the world, and in right-hand drive for the first time.

Sources have revealed that dealers are being told to prepare for its arrival. The newcomer will sit at the top of the range alongside regular models such as the Fiesta and Focus in dealerships. It will be the most European-friendly version of the coupé ever – but will still be a proper Mustang, with V8s for the fastest models.

The company’s ‘One Ford’ strategy is behind the Mustang’s migration. To cut costs and reduce the number of models (and platforms) the firm makes globally, the all-new model will be a ‘world car’, sold in different markets virtually unchanged.

The Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo already follow this approach, and it means there is a business case for producing right-hand-drive Mustangs in the States and shipping them to Europe. But the UK won’t be the only right-hand-drive market the car is offered in; Australia and Japan will take the car, too.

An insider revealed: “The design studios in Europe and Australia are working on it, as well as those in America. It will be smaller and closer in spirit to the original 1964 Mustang.”

Our illustrations give you a good idea of how the new ‘pony’ car will look. It’s leaner and ever so slightly smaller, but still very mean, and packs all the visual aggression for which the legendary model has been famous. This includes recessed headlamps, a traditional C-pillar and triple lens tail-lights.

Yet while it harks back to Sixties Mustangs, the new car will be the most technically advanced version ever. It will be far lighter than the current model, for improved fuel efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions.

Plus, for the first time, it’s set to feature independent rear suspension. As on the Chevrolet Camaro, this set-up replaces the decades-old live rear axle of the current car, and should mean better ride comfort and traction.

Power will come from a new 2.5-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbo with around 300bhp, while a range-topping 500bhp 5.4-litre V8 will be available, too. Six-speed manual and auto transmissions are likely to be offered with torque vectoring to keep the performance in check, while the handling is expected to be tuned by Jost Capito and his team at Ford’s Global Performance Vehicles arm.




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I'm not really a fan of American Muscle cars.
But HOT DAMN...I'd buy one of those! :drool:
 

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Will be interesting to see Australian pricing.
ATM imported/converted mustangs coz like 120k or something insane.

Def think it would be over 60k here at least. Maybe around 70k to match the 370z.
Would be awesome if it's priced similar to the ford falcons here. My Gf would kill to get a new mustang.
 

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Ford is stepping up their game big time
Even the folks at the370z.com forums are saying Hyundai and Ford are stepping up their game to the point where we admit the big Japanese companies (including Nissan) are just playing catch-up.

I don't know how would the FT-86 and 370z would hang with the new V8 Hyundai Genesis that's supposed to be priced just a few below $30,000. Heck, if the price remains the same with the new Ford Mustang, this is some heavy competition at the $25,000 - $35,000 range.
 

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Don't care for the tails, but the rest sounds promising. At this rate I'm going to have to start working on Mustangs....
 

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im hoping it doesnt look like that concept drawing... looks like the damn camaro, which i cant stand.
 

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lol the current mustang takes the cake vs. its competition in regards to looks by a long shot. looks the most 'refined' i guess you could say, granted, it's had a previous gen to work off of.
 

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Wish hyundai had their 5.0 V8 engine in their coupes :drool:

edit: and i completely agree that the current mustang stands on top of the competition right now. I've never liked mustangs until their recent 5.0's
 

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edit: and i completely agree that the current mustang stands on top of the competition right now. I've never liked mustangs until their recent 5.0's
Funny enough, I would've gotten a Mustang instead of the Z (Asian guy driving a Mustang?) if it weren't for the Stangs still having live axles at its rear. Suspension should improved drastically once they dialed down independent rears for the car.
 

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If those are forged internals in that 2.5 and it can truly hold some boost, it may be the one to own.

I like the rear shot, but that front-quarter-shot REALLY stinks like the Camaro look. :puke:
 
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