More power and new look for the Stang, here later this year
lt’s got more ponies
Ford has “thoroughly reworked ”the 5.0-litre V8, promising that it’ll rev higher and punch harder with better torque, more horse power and improved fuel efficiency. Torque rises on the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang too, thanks to overboost tech during “wide-open throttle acceleration’ (read: flat out). There’s only one tiny snag: Ford hasn’t yet confirmed figures for either variant. Place your bets…
It’s had a nose job
The bonnet and grille have been remodelled with new vents and refined aero, it comes with LED lights front and back, a new rear bumper and optional performance spoiler.
The 2.3-litre ’Stang gets a dual-tip exhaust, while the V8 GT gets quad pipes. There’s also more alloy wheels to choose from, new colours – including Orange Fury – and a new centre console with a 12- inch, fully customisable digital LCD screen in the dash.
It has many gears
Out goes the old six-speed automatic, and in comes a brand-new 10-speed automatic gearbox, available for both engines. It shifts faster, has “significantly reduced friction losses”, comes with paddles, and features four different drive modes. The manual gearbox for both engines has been upgraded to handle the increased torque, while the V8 car’s ’box gets a new twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel. Ford’s been busy.
Stiffer, comfier… but safer?
All Mustangs get new shocks for – we’re promised – a better ride, while a new cross-axis joint at the back helps make it stiffer. Stabiliser bars improve response and handling, and Ford’s MagneRide adaptive dampers are available as an option for the first time. There are new active safety systems too, which Ford will no doubt hope up the existing car’s two-star EuroNCAP rating by a factor of many.
A hybrid Mustang is coming
By2020, the Mustang will be available with a dual-power set-up, able to deliver “V8 power and even more low-end torque”. We suspect this won’t be entirely popular. It’s not the first time its legacy has been tainted- the third-gen “Fox-body” Mustang nearly went front-wheel drive, save for the vehement protests from a downtrodden fan base, and the fourth-gen was offered with a 3.8-litre V6 with a mighty 145bhp.