MHH International Favours The Ford Mustang V8 GT
Fortunately, they resisted watering down the V8 package and rightly so. Common sense however dictated that there should also be a greener version for the more eco-conscious sports car type and the company also offers a 2.3L four-cylinder version.
Four Cylinders Good
The four-pot isn't at all bad (313bhp/432Nm). It accelerates nearly as quickly as its muscled, V8-powered sibling with the added benefit that it costs far less to run. The 2.3L looks pretty much identical (although without those shiny 5.0L badges on the side) and comes loaded with standard equipment.
Eight Cylinders Better
MHH have driven both versions but, for the enthusiast it has to be the 410bhp 5.0L V8. It provokes different reactions from different people. Driving past a bus-stop filled with a herd of jostling teenage schoolboys with a soundtrack of the engine's muted grumble, this driver received a vocal and unanimous chorus of approval. Sadly, some motorists disapproved, thinking the car too over the top. They are wrong. The Ford Mustang looks great from any angle.
Inside The Ford Mustang
It's surprisingly comfortable in this sleek car. The front seats are big and supportive and easy to get in and out of thanks to the big doors. Both versions are surprisingly practical with a very generous boot although the rear seats suffer as a consequence so inevitably there's a compromise. Leg room in the back is tight to say the least. You could just about fit a couple of adults in there if the front seats hunker far forward but really it is a space for children only.
The dashboard is nicely squared away with premium audio and navigation via a big clear touchscreen. All the usual gizmos are accessed via this or the steering wheel buttons. Inevitably, others have mentioned the hard plastics on the cupholders between the seats and elsewhere but this is how to keep the price down, presumably. Most drivers won’t be bothered by this as it all seems tough and hard-wearing. After all, when the speedo dial bears the legend 'Ground Speed' you have to be happy.
More importantly still, there are proper bright metal switches to change the driving mode (Wet/Snow, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Track) and steering mode (Normal, Comfort and Sport) to configure the car for all road and traffic situations.
Driving The Ford Mustang
Calling the Mustang a sports car is maybe not quite correct. On the tested hard-top version (there's a convertible too) the Pony logo on the rear badge is changed to a GT badge and that's the point. In our view this car is very much the Grand Tourer capable of soaking up many miles with aplomb. You could drive five hundred miles and then drive five hundred more.
It's a really comfortable ride that doesn't compromise handling. Okay, maybe it is a bit cumbersome down country lanes but out on the bigger, wider roads is where this car belongs.
With 530Nm of torque the V8 pulls from almost any speed. The test car had a six-speed auto that was so good on kick-down and when cruising this reviewer didn't bother with the paddles at all. A six-speed manual is available and can be had with 'launch control' if that's your cup of petrol. Ford say that a combined 20.9mpg is the norm. In fact, in mixed driving, we showed an average of 23.5mpg although there was very little stop/start urban mileage involved.
The Ford Mustang is a past master brought forward and bang up-to-date for the 21st Century. Emissions are naturally higher so you won't win friends in the clean air department but it's a 5.0L V8 and it is hugely desirable so what's an enthusiast to do?
The Ford Mustang absolutely oozes automotive character. Out on the road and firing on all eight cylinders this car is an absolute joy. At night, this writer switched on the lights and, jumping out, went around to the passenger side and opened the door to reveal – a puddle light shining a bright, white Mustang onto the road like a personal bat-signal. It just does not get any better than that!
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