How the powerhouse V8 Mustang sets a new sprint record for Ford in Europe
Ford has just announced some more performance details of their much-anticipated new Mustang.
The 5-litre V8 engine (421PS) version can, they say, propel it from a standing start to 100kmh in 4.8 seconds, making it the quickest 'high-volume' Ford sold in Europe.
The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost model (317PS), expected to be the bigger seller when it arrives here in November, manages the 0-100kmh sprint in a respectable 5.8 seconds.
That engine uses eight litres of petrol every 100kms and has emissions of 179g/km which puts it in the €750 road-tax bracket.
As we have already revealed, prices for the new Mustang will start at around €46,000 when it gets here.
The car has been significantly tuned and tweaked on performance and dynamics - such as stiffer body and suspension.
For example the Performance Pack with uprated brakes and cooling for high-speed driving is standard in Europe.
The launch-control system in the 5-litre V8 manual keeps the engine primed at between 3,000rpm and 4,500rpm even with the foot to the floor. Then when you release the clutch the power (torque) to the rear wheels is controlled so you get best traction.
The Mustang has all-round fully independent suspension, including integral-link at the back. There are Fastback and Convertible bodystyles with 6spd and automatic transmissions.
Among the other standard spec are SYNC 2 voice control connectivity with 8ins touch screen and a nine-speaker sound system.
More than 2,200 European customers have ordered one.