After selling the Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition to a select few, the standard, rockstar ready Mustang has now landed on our shores, and just like the previous generation of the Mustang, prices are also enough to knock them grey market dealers down.
The Ford Mustang is the first Mustang to be sold globally. For the first time ever, the Mustang will be made in right hand drive. This is part of Ford’s “One Ford Strategy” which aims to unify the product line-up globally, reducing costs while increasing the feature content and the overall quality of the cars. In order to appeal to a wide range of customers, the Ford Mustang should be able to compete with other nameplates from different nations as well. As a result, the new Ford Mustang is thoroughly modern, dynamically capable, and exquisitely premium in build and materials.
Muscle cars are known to be good only in a straight line, but once the road gets twisty, a muscle car definitely needs a lot of, err… muscle in order to handle it. The Ford Mustang, at least on paper, seems to be late in the game, as the Camaro has already switched to an independent rear suspension that delivers good handling and ride comfort that is truly world class. The new Ford Mustang, like the Chevrolet Camaro, has now switched to an independent rear suspension, replacing the solid axle that all generations of the Mustang had, and this was tuned at the world famous Nurburgring. The result? Handling is substantially improved, making it a lot more capable in the corners and can compete alongside the world’s best handling sportscars, but for those who really desire a muscle car merely for straight line performance, they’d be sad to know that the solid axle is completely gone (at least for the local market, since in the USA, the Ford Mustang has the option to revert back to the crude, old-school solid axle rear suspension).
Inside, the all-new Mustang is heavily improved from the previous generation. Gone are the terrible and cheap plastics, replaced by more premium soft touch padded materials and swathes of chrome bits, black leather, and machined aluminum trim. This is the best ever iteration of the Mustang’s interior, with toggles and switches that feel premium to the touch. Comfort is also substantially improved, with plenty of sound insulation, and the first ever application of noise cancellation in a Mustang. Just a few bits to make the Mustang experience appeal to a wider range of customers.
Ford has also gone all out in terms of feature content with the all-new Mustang. Bi-Xenon HID headlamps with LED tri-bar daytime running lights give the Mustang a sophisticated look. The wide haunches and the fastback roofline of the Mustang is further graced with LED tail lights, including LED sequential turn signals. 19-inch aggressively designed multi-spoke aluminum wheels are fitted as standard across the range. Other modern that are fitted across the range include Smart key with push button start, Shaker Audio System, Auto Dimming Rear View Mirror, MyFord Touch, Blind Spot Warning, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, 8 airbags (including the world’s first glove box airbag), ABS with EBD, and Stability Control, all form what is essentially the most sophisticated Mustang ever. It must be noted that the Ford Mustang is designed by young people, for young people, which is why the all-new Ford Mustang is thoroughly modern inside and out.
There are two variants on sale. The famous five-o, the 5.0 GT, and all-new for this generation, the 2.3 EcoBoost. Let’s start with the five-o. As the name suggests, the five-o gets Ford’s 5.0 liter V8 with an updated valve train and cylinder heads. This results to more power, now producing 441 hp and 542 Nm of torque, making it the most powerful Mustang GT ever. In the lower end of the spectrum, the 2.3 liter turbocharged and direct injected EcoBoost engine produces 314 hp and 434 Nm of torque, figures that by any means isn’t a slouch. The EcoBoost variant is distinguished by its Recaro body hugging seats, and the same 19-inch aluminum wheels from the GT, but painted in Ebony. Both powertrains are mated exclusive to a 6-Speed Automatic with Paddle Shifters. Sorry guys, no manual here.
The Ford Mustang has been the most successful muscle car sold in the Philippines, and with this generation, the Ford Mustang will continue that legacy of being the best selling muscle car. Combined with sophisticated features, seductive styling, and exquisite craftsmanship, the Ford Mustang represents the Filipino’s closest entry point of having a world class sports car, which is no surprise, as explained by the following competitive prices by Ford.
2.3 EcoBoost: P2,499,000
5.0 GT V8: P2,999,000