Top down and let the pony run

THE dream continues. The return of the Ford Mustang to New Zealand roads has been one of the landmark events in the motoring world here since they arrived last year.

Challenging as the apex predator in the Mustang pack is the Fastback ECOBoost soft top convertible.

The new Mustang comes to this country with five models produced at its right-hand-drive plant in Flat Rock Michigan, including the 2.3 litre Fastback Ecoboost (pictured) which of course includes this convertible model.

With the help of a turbo, this 2.3 litre engine bangs out an awesome 233kW of power and 432Nm of torque — just about what you would expect from this iconic road warrior.

The select shift on the automatic transmission gives the thrill of a manual transmission with the ease of an automatic. The race car-inspired paddle shifters on the steering wheel just add to the aura.

A toggle switch on the dash allows the driver to select from four modes — normal, sports, track and snow.

A new independent suspension has made this century’s Mustangs more driver-friendly on winding New Zealand roads — part of an overall more sophisticated ethos to the traditional muscle car.

It all adds up to a better road feel, a better ride and more precise handling.

The interior cabin is based on an aircraft cockpit, with the driver’s seat in a low sporty position that will allow you to get the full Mustang experience.

There is no surprise that it is packed with state-of-the-art technology such as Ford’s Sync 3, with audible text messages, and voice commands for radio and satellite navigation.

Despite this high level of specification, Ford has somehow managed to keep the price of this convertible down to a low starting figure of just $64,880 — not a lot to pay to drive a legend.

Ford dealers are finding the allure of the Mustang is not just for ’60s diehards with long memories.

Young people also know the legend of the Mustang and appreciate their history and status.

Gisborne Motors Ford has another Mustang in its showroom at the moment, a blue, hard-top V8, and the foot traffic to get a glance of this beauty is extensive. People pop in all the time.

But it’s summer, time to let the wind blow through your hair, get the sun on your dome and hit the road. No better way to do that, than in a Mustang convertible.

THE dream continues. The return of the Ford Mustang to New Zealand roads has been one of the landmark events in the motoring world here since they arrived last year.

Challenging as the apex predator in the Mustang pack is the Fastback ECOBoost soft top convertible.

The new Mustang comes to this country with five models produced at its right-hand-drive plant in Flat Rock Michigan, including the 2.3 litre Fastback Ecoboost (pictured) which of course includes this convertible model.

With the help of a turbo, this 2.3 litre engine bangs out an awesome 233kW of power and 432Nm of torque — just about what you would expect from this iconic road warrior.

The select shift on the automatic transmission gives the thrill of a manual transmission with the ease of an automatic. The race car-inspired paddle shifters on the steering wheel just add to the aura.

A toggle switch on the dash allows the driver to select from four modes — normal, sports, track and snow.

A new independent suspension has made this century’s Mustangs more driver-friendly on winding New Zealand roads — part of an overall more sophisticated ethos to the traditional muscle car.

It all adds up to a better road feel, a better ride and more precise handling.

The interior cabin is based on an aircraft cockpit, with the driver’s seat in a low sporty position that will allow you to get the full Mustang experience.

There is no surprise that it is packed with state-of-the-art technology such as Ford’s Sync 3, with audible text messages, and voice commands for radio and satellite navigation.

Despite this high level of specification, Ford has somehow managed to keep the price of this convertible down to a low starting figure of just $64,880 — not a lot to pay to drive a legend.

Ford dealers are finding the allure of the Mustang is not just for ’60s diehards with long memories.

Young people also know the legend of the Mustang and appreciate their history and status.

Gisborne Motors Ford has another Mustang in its showroom at the moment, a blue, hard-top V8, and the foot traffic to get a glance of this beauty is extensive. People pop in all the time.

But it’s summer, time to let the wind blow through your hair, get the sun on your dome and hit the road. No better way to do that, than in a Mustang convertible.

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