The much-anticipated new Ford Mustang has finally arrived in SA, the first market to receive RHD models from the Michigan factory.
Available in six model derivatives, the world’s best-selling sports car in the first half of 2015 boasts either 5.0V8 or a high-tech 2.3 EcoBoost motors, both of which are offered with six speed manual or auto transmissions and Fastback or Convertible body styles.
On the launch route in the Cape Peninsula on sinuous, twisting roads, we tried Fastback versions of the auto 306kW/530Nm 5.0 and manual 233kW/430Nm 2.3. While there’s no doubting the Mustang lineage in styling terms, the hidden tech makes for a thoroughly modern interpretation marked out by Selectable Drive Modes and all new suspension configurations.
The 5.0 hits 100 in 4.8s and is at its best as a Grand Tourer – even in Sport Plus mode, the smooth auto box tended to do its own thing on a fast mountain pass ascent – while the lighter 2.3 isn’t far behind at 5.8s to 100 but proved to be more wieldy on twisty sections with the slick manual shift providing full driver control. Both derivatives offer high grip levels and near-neutral handling, even under duress, but it’s the lighter 2.3 that’s the more rewarding off the straights.
Comfortable, well-appointed with all mod cons and now with thoroughly modern underpinnings, the new Mustang makes a convincing case for itself, especially given the value proposition. The buying public obviously agrees as you’ll have to line up in the starting stalls with early production sold out. Alternatively, go to https://ford.co.za/mustang/kmi and see if you can jump the queue!
Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost FastbackManual R699 900
Mustang 2.3 EcoBoostFastback Auto R719 900
Mustang 2.3 EcoBoostConvertible Auto R779 900
Mustang 5.0 GTFastback Manual R819 900
Mustang 5.0 GT FastbackAuto R839 900
Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible Auto R899 900
Options: Metallic paintR750. 19-inch premium painted aluminium alloy wheel with Lustre Nickel finish –no charge