So the 2016 Ford Mustang has landed in the UK, the first right hand drive ‘stang ever. But what are the Top 5 facts you should know?
In its most brutish form the 5.0 litre V8 makes 415 BHP, all being sent through the rear wheels. This will get you from stationary to 62 in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 MPH.
It’s fast. It’s the same 0-62 as a 2002 NSX R, a Bentley Continental GT V8, the 2014 Porsche Cayman GTS and the 4.0 litre supercharged Jaguar XK R! Not pad for a car costing from £35k!
If the 5.0 litre V8 is a little bit juicy for you (and let’s face it, the road tax will be a killer at £515 a year) then you could opt for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost. I know what you’re thinking…but that’s like half the engine of the big boy. It is…but it has turbos so the power is 313 BHP and 432 Nm of torque.
The “Eco” boost will get you to 62 in 5.8 seconds, so a whole second less than the V8, but in the real world would it really be that noticeable?
So logic would presume that a 5.0 litre V8 in the USA would make the same power as in the UK. Wrong.
Due to the way the car was designed the engine placement conflicts with the right hand drive steering setup. The exhaust manifolds had to be reworked and this shortened the exhaust length.
So whilst the UK model makes 415 BHP the US model makes 435 BHP.
India get it even worse off though, their model will only make 396 BHP from a 5.0 litre V8. The problem there is down to the fuel quality in India. The engine mapping had to be calibrated to factor in those losses.
So far over 70% of the first 2,000 ‘stangs in the UK have been the V8.
In the US buyers get an option of a V6, but that wasn’t deemed necessary overseas.
UK sales for 2016 have been strong so far, 2400 were sold between January and August, that’s half as many Fiesta ST’s, but a thousand more than the current Focus RS.
Another interesting fact is that 55% of those first Mustangs to arrive on UK shores are manual equipped. The rest are opting for the 6 speed auto ‘box.
That’s right, in 2018 the Mustang will be getting a facelift along with some new additions under the refreshed exterior.
Rumour has it a 10 speed automatic box will be the auto of choice, it will start entering service as an option next year in the US.
In terms of the facelift it looks as though it will be the standard, grille, headlights, bumpers rear lights type of job. So if you’re thinking about going all ‘yee haw’ next year, you may as well hold on to those pounds.
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