I was in the UK recently when a mail came through from ford… “You’re invited to the new Ford Mustang unveiling”. That flight home could not happen quickly enough.
But all jokes aside, this is one of the iconic cars that South Africans have been waiting for. For the longest time only special imports of the left hand drive model were possible, and only for those with heaps of disposable cash to spend on importing the beast specially.
Ford South Africa were only too pleased to let us all know that they will be bringing in a right-hand drive model as part of their range in 2015.
Although I haven’t had the joy of driving this beautiful machine yet, I did attend the unveiling and boy what a sight it was. The new Ford Mustang is a hot, dynamic vehicle that will bring out the awe and wonder many of us leave behind in our childhood. I can’t give you the price just yet or my impressions of how it drives, but I can give you its specs and a general time frame to expect in on our roads.
The All-new 2015 Ford Mustang
The reveal event was called the “Go Further” event, and Ford informed us that there will be two versions of the new Mustang available to us in South Africa.
Both models will have fully independent front and rear suspension platform optimised for ride and handling. And Ford has said that they will open their order books for the new Mustang in January 2015 BUT we have to wait until late 2015 before the cars actually hit our shores.
I know, I know, that doesn’t actually tell us much in terms of time, but if nothing else we know we could get it for Christmas if we start being good now!
Getting back to the car itself, Ford have told us that the new Mustang will have a new advanced lightweight body structure with extensive high-strength steel and aluminium components for excellent ride and handling.
Apparently the new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine was designed specifically for the new Mustang, and one of their engineers had this to say about it: “This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed,” said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. “It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great drivability under any conditions.”
Some fun facts about the Ford Mustang brand – Ford refer to it as “A global motoring icon” and boast that nine million have been sold since it first launched in 1964, it has also made more than 3,200 appearances in film and on TV.
So all in all, there is a lot to get excited about, but a bit of a wait for us car crazed fans. No word on the pricing at this stage, and your guess would be as good as mine. Personally I’d expect it to be somewhere in the R600k to R800k range for the 2.3-litr, but that’s purely my wildest guess. It’s a big range but that’s where I’d place it considering possible competitors like Porsche Boxter/Cayman, Nissan 370 Z, Audi TT RS and possibly even Subaru WRX STI.
That’s all we know so far, now… we wait.