Ford’s muscle machine

New generation Mustangs are more refined than the original muscle cars of previous decades.

New generation Mustangs are more refined than the original muscle cars of previous decades.

FOR Ford fans it was like a message from heaven.

The Ford Mustang, one of the icons of the Big Blue fleet that is generally accepted as one of the most glamorous models in automotive history, is now available in New Zealand.

The legend of the Mustang goes back 50 years. It has even been the subject of the hit Mustang Sally in the ’60s.

But it has been difficult to import left-hand-drive cars into New Zealand. Now Ford is making right-hand-drive models in Baltimore, USA and they are distributed worldwide.

The Mustangs are available on order and not generally seen in showrooms.

However, the company’s New Zealand allocation has already been swamped with reports of customers, including some Gisborne Ford owners, queueing up to buy.

Five models are available.

The test drive vehicle was the 2.3 litre Fastback Ecoboost automatic which also comes as a convertible model. Thanks to a turbo it produces an awesome 233kW of power and 432Nm of torque.

Moving up in power there are two V8 Fastback models, a manual and automatic, and a convertible automatic which all have an even more eye-boggling 303kW power and 530Nm torque.

What might be called the new generation Mustangs are more refined in many ways than the original muscle cars of previous decades.

Driver-friendly independent suspension

A new independent suspension makes them more driver-friendly on winding New Zealand roads.

The interior cabin has been based on an aircraft cockpit, with the driver’s seat in a low sporty position with the gear shift close to hand.

They are packed with technology including Ford’s Sync 2 with its audible text messages, and voice commands for entertainment and satellite navigation.

All the extras you would expect in a luxury car such as independent climate control and a reversing camera are there but there is another pleasant surprise for the Ford army in the price.

Despite the high specifications and performance involved, the 2.3 litre models start at $57,880 and the V8s at $74,880 — which is competitive for quality cars in this range.

At the end of the day that is all academic. When you take off in your Mustang you want to hear that throaty roar from the exhaust and see that ridged bonnet in front of you just eating up the road ahead.

Going back to the Mustang is going back to the 1960s, and this is one nostalgia trip that is going to be too difficult to miss for a lot of people.

FOR Ford fans it was like a message from heaven.

The Ford Mustang, one of the icons of the Big Blue fleet that is generally accepted as one of the most glamorous models in automotive history, is now available in New Zealand.

The legend of the Mustang goes back 50 years. It has even been the subject of the hit Mustang Sally in the ’60s.

But it has been difficult to import left-hand-drive cars into New Zealand. Now Ford is making right-hand-drive models in Baltimore, USA and they are distributed worldwide.

The Mustangs are available on order and not generally seen in showrooms.

However, the company’s New Zealand allocation has already been swamped with reports of customers, including some Gisborne Ford owners, queueing up to buy.

Five models are available.

The test drive vehicle was the 2.3 litre Fastback Ecoboost automatic which also comes as a convertible model. Thanks to a turbo it produces an awesome 233kW of power and 432Nm of torque.

Moving up in power there are two V8 Fastback models, a manual and automatic, and a convertible automatic which all have an even more eye-boggling 303kW power and 530Nm torque.

What might be called the new generation Mustangs are more refined in many ways than the original muscle cars of previous decades.

Driver-friendly independent suspension

A new independent suspension makes them more driver-friendly on winding New Zealand roads.

The interior cabin has been based on an aircraft cockpit, with the driver’s seat in a low sporty position with the gear shift close to hand.

They are packed with technology including Ford’s Sync 2 with its audible text messages, and voice commands for entertainment and satellite navigation.

All the extras you would expect in a luxury car such as independent climate control and a reversing camera are there but there is another pleasant surprise for the Ford army in the price.

Despite the high specifications and performance involved, the 2.3 litre models start at $57,880 and the V8s at $74,880 — which is competitive for quality cars in this range.

At the end of the day that is all academic. When you take off in your Mustang you want to hear that throaty roar from the exhaust and see that ridged bonnet in front of you just eating up the road ahead.

Going back to the Mustang is going back to the 1960s, and this is one nostalgia trip that is going to be too difficult to miss for a lot of people.

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