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Thursday 2 October 2014

Ford whet appetite with Mustang power details

Published 23/07/2014 | 02:30

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Ford Mustang - the first ever to go on sale in Europe in almost 50 years of production

FORD is whetting the appetite for its new Mustang by revealing some power and technical details for the coupé and convertible.

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It goes on sale here next year and there will be a 310bhp (US) EcoBoost 2.3-litre 4-cyl turbo and a 5-litre V8 435bhp (US).

The European bhp figures will be slightly different because of the way the brake horsepower ratings are measured in the US and here.

The EcoBoost is likely to be the one in greater demand here.

It was made especially for the new car and is said to have a broad, flat torque curve - in other words excellent pulling power through the gears.

Interesting, however, that those Mustangs sold in Europe will have performance packages for the brakes, chassis and engine as standard.

These will be optional extras in some parts of the world.

In effect that means bigger four-piston front brake callipers for 2.3-litre versions and six-piston units for the 5-litre. Mustangs for European drivers will also have retuned stability control and steering systems, suspension springs and bushings, special rear dampers and more engine cooling capacity. It is expected Ford will announce final specification and details later in the year.

More than 9m Mustangs have been sold since its initial unveiling n 1964.

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