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The premise behind this new Mustang is very different to what Ford has done with its previous ponies. The V8 can be ordered paired with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic, but the manual would be my pick. Turning the Mustang into a global car and adding bits like independent rear suspension has stiffened up the ride considerably. The V8 model gets a performance pack, which adds Brembo brakes to the deal and they have amazing initial bite and superb feel through the pedal. Looking at the interior, Ford has continued the double-brow style dashboard layout from the original models, but with a modern take. The latest tech installed, however, with Ford’s Sync 2 that will connect to your phone, control everything with voice inputs, has dual USB slots and a reverse camera being present. Ashley has been riding or driving some sort of motorised vehicle since his 4th birthday when he got a Yamaha PW50.
As part of the One Ford global strategy, the Blue Oval decided that this new Mustang would be sold in more markets, hence the right-hand drive models. Mustang has had to adapt to European expectations while still appearing to be the ultimate slice of Americana that we’ve seen in the movies like Bullitt and Gone in 60 Seconds.

The headline figures for this model are 306 kW, 530 Nm of torque and a 0-100kph sprint time of 4.8 seconds. Maybe this is what it was meant to sound like or maybe we have just become accustomed to the likes of brash Mercedes-AMG and Audi RS trumpets. What it does is hold the brake on the front wheels while allowing you to light up the rear tyres, effectively performing a burnout.
It makes a decent sound from both the exhaust and the engine, has enough shove with 233 kW and 430 Nm and does a decent sprint to 100kph in 5.8 seconds.
Overall, I was quite impressed with the sportiness of the new Mustang, although for those who just want to cruise slowly around the coastline it might actually be a little too stiff. The convertible makes do with a multilayer insulated cloth top for those who wish to experience topless American muscle motoring.
Crushed by the expense of motor racing, Ashley took up journalism and became a writer for some of South Africa’s best motoring magazines and online publications.
So when the day finally arrived to get behind the wheel at the local launch in Cape Town, we were really hoping that the Mustang would live up to the hype.
In doing that Ford realised it would probably have to make a Mustang that could turn corners and do dynamic things, too.

The Mustang V8 is naturally aspirated so the power delivery is smooth the whole way through the rev range up to the redline mark at around 7 000rpm.
So, in short, we were left a little underwhelmed in the aural entertainment department. It can also be had in manual, doesn’t look all that dissimilar and costs R120 000 less than the V8. Even in tight and twisty mountain pass style roads, the Mustang has good front-end grip and doesn’t roll from side to side when you ask quick direction changes of it. We first estimated the V8 would come in around a million Rand, but Ford has managed to keep it below that, in spite of our unstable currency. The steering has multiple modes so you can adjust the weighting to your liking, but it feels properly connected to the front wheels and gives good confidence when pushing on.
And there seem to be many of those fans out there, because Ford reckons there’s a two-year waiting list for a Mustang.

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