The iconic Ford Mustang is headed our way, this time as a proper factory-built, right-hand-drive version that will finally see the great American classic geared.
Set to arrive on local shores around mid-2015, the all-new sixth-generation Mustang range will also receive independent rear suspension for the first time since 1964.
While a 5.0-litre V8 engine option will ensure the Mustang’s muscle-car status is alive and well, Ford will also offer its more frugal four-cylinder Ecoboost engine, as well as a slightly more powerful version of the current 3.7-litre V6 powertrain.
In the meantime, we thought we’d head stateside for a steer of the current All-American pony car on its home soil, in Sweet Home Alabama – famous for Fried Green Tomatoes, as well as the hit movie and soundtrack of the same name.
Inside, the Mustang follows a design that clearly nods to the past – marrying old-school instrument dials with modern soft-touch materials (at least for the upper dash) and metallic accents that give the cabin a sporty feel. However, there are also plenty of hard surfaces that tend to take gloss off the overall appeal.
Despite our Mustang’s Premium grade trim, creature comforts are still relatively minimal – though it does get comfortable leather seats with good bolstering, leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, ambient lighting and HID headlamps.
There’s also a decent Shaker audio system that produces a quality note via Bluetooth streaming, though the Mustang misses out on features such as a large-size infotainment screen, satellite navigation, parking sensors and rear-view screen – all of which are optional on this variant.
Like its predecessors, the current Ford Mustang remains a relatively compact sports coupe; so don’t count on a lot of cabin space, unless you’re in those comfy front seat buckets.
The 50/50 split-fold rear seats are more 2+2-style kiddie seats than proper adult-size pews and rear legroom is equally tight.
Boot-space isn’t much better; in fact, we struggled to fit two medium-size suitcases in there, due to the ridiculously narrow aperture.
Base-line Mustangs like our V6 Premium use Ford’s 3.7-litre V6, delivering 227kW and 379Nm of torque to the rear wheels – unchanged from the 2013 model year.
Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014