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Ford’s mighty Mustang living legend

12:43 24 September 2015

Head-turning sixth-generation Ford Mustang evokes memories of the 1965 original without slavishly copying it.

Head-turning sixth-generation Ford Mustang evokes memories of the 1965 original without slavishly copying it.

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One of motoring’s most famous names is now sold in the UK in right-hand-drive. Matt Joy drives a living legend.

What’s new?

A new Mustang is news in itself, as it is one of the most iconic sports cars ever made and has a loyal following both sides of the pond. But this sixth-generation model is something more than that, because it has been designed to work in Europe – and even the UK – too.

The platform is new and the whole car is more sophisticated than before, while there’s a choice of a 5.0-litre V8 as well as a more 21st century option in the shape of a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol. There’s a choice of coupe and convertible from the outset, and the whole car tries to mix classic Mustang cues with modern sophistication.

Ford Mustang

Price: Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT, £33,005

Engine: 5.0-litre, 412bhp V8 petrol

Transmission: Six-speed manual gearbox driving rear wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 4.8 seconds; top speed 155mph

MPG: 20.9 combined

CO2 emissions: 299g/km

Looks and image

The manner in which the 2015 Mustang manages to evoke memories of the 1965 original, but without slavishly copying it, is impressive. It has great stance and impact on the road. Whether parked or driving past, it’s hard not to turn and look. The same goes for the inside, where the classic twin-cowl dashboard and toggle switches are present, although happily the retro theme isn’t overdone.

The Mustang has one of the strongest images of any performance car and is still seen by many as the original low-cost, high-fun piece of escapism, and the latest version ticks all the right boxes to keep fans happy.

Space and practicality

The Mustang is a relatively big car but, with the focus on looks and performance, practicality takes a back seat. Up front the space is decent, and taller drivers will be able to get comfortable, with excellent standard sports seats.

In the back it’s more compromised, and only short adults and children will be able to get comfortable as headroom is limited. The boot however is good at 408 litres.

Behind the wheel

The original Mustang was fast, cheap and relatively simple and, while things have certainly moved on, the 2015 version isn’t a million miles away. Anyone buying one looking for the last word in Nurburgring-honed handling might be disappointed, but if it’s fun you’re after then it’s spot on. The 5.0-litre V8 is responsive, pushing it along with real purpose and venom when pressed and the noise is good too.

There are three different steering modes as well as driving modes. With everything at its sharpest, the Mustang will happily play the hooligan. In fact it even has a Line-Lock mode, borrowed directly from the dragstrip, where the front brakes can be locked on so you can smoke the rear tyres. It sums up everything you need to know about this car and how it is the complete opposite of ultra-techy German rivals.

Value for money

This is where the Mustang scores particularly well. As well as an excellent standard specification, it is the bare bones that really drive the point home. A 2+2 coupe with a V8 engine and a 0-62mph time of five seconds or less doesn’t come cheap – there isn’t a rival under £50,000. There are rivals that are close on price and specification, but they can’t compete with the Mustang’s personality.

Who would buy one?

You could use the Mustang every day if you can handle the fuel bills, but really it is a car to be enjoyed by everyone. Young or old, man or woman, the Mustang ethos is something that anyone can buy in to, and with such competitive pricing it’s hard not to be enticed. Clearly lots of other people think so, as there’s already a waiting list but it will be worth it. You never know, it might even make a decent investment…

2 comments

  • Shame the Dodge Charger isn't available in the UK too.

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, September 25, 2015

  • Stunning car in every dimension , spacious yet terribly sporty - such a beautiful car to drive in , a fitting 50 year tribute to such an iconic car , best colour option ruby red with red black contrasting leather interior .

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    Sandie

    Thursday, September 24, 2015

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