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2014-01-15 09:16

LEGENDARY MUSCLE CAR: Ford’s next-generation Mustang will make its big screen debut in ‘Need for Speed’, set to be screened locally in March 2014. Image: NEWSPRESS

• All-new Ford Mustang will make its big-screen debut in 'Need for Speed'
• Mustang has had one of the most prolific film and TV careers of any car: more than 3200 appearances chronicled at MustangIMDB.com in five decades
• Mustang continues to attract fans around the world

DEARBORN, Michigan – The Ford Mustang has been a star of the silver screen (and the small screen) for nearly 50 years,with more than 3200 appearances in movies and TV shows.

VIDEO: New Mustang in 'Need for Speed'
Image gallery: 2014 Ford Mustang

Now the new Mustang, headed for South Africa in 2015, will have its big-screen debut in ‘Need for Speed’, to be screened in South Africa in March 2014.


‘Need for Speed’ star Aaron Paul, he of ‘Breaking Bad’ fame, will drive a custom 2014 Mustang in the highly anticipated movie based on the long-running Electronic Arts video game series. Ford executive vice-president Jim Farley said: “On screen or on the road, the sight and sound of Mustang has been inspiring fans for nearly five decades.

“The feeling of optimism and being in control that Mustang’s world-class power and performance provide is a perfect match for Aaron Paul’s character in Need for Speed.”


When the original Mustang debuted in April 1964 it was still unknown but the producers of ‘Goldfinger’ saw it and placed a white 1965 convertible in the movie. Five decades later the Mustang remains an automotive icon.

‘Need for Speed’ director Scott Waugh said: “I chose Mustang because it is a car that really represents American culture. It just represents modern muscle and it’s iconic, having been in some of the greatest car chase movies of all time.”

Chronicling the filmography of the Mustang is such an enormous job that it took more than 100 contributors to build out the MustangIMDB.com site created by Stefan Thorarensen, founder and board member of The Icelandic Mustang Club. The list has more than 3200 entries and is growing almost daily.

Hollywood was selected as one of six venues for the global reveal of the new pony car on December 5 2013. The Mustang was driven out on to a pad of wet cement in the forecourt of the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. Like the nearly 200 human stars, including several actors who helped make the Mustang a star of the silver screen, the new muscle car had its prints and signature logo preserved for posterity in cement.

Fans of the video game franchise already have access to virtual drives of the new Mustang, which became available as a free in-game download in EA’s Need for Speed Rivals in December 2013.


The new Mustang, headed for South Africa in right-hand drive guise will be offered with a choice of three petrol engines (2.3 EcoBoost, 3.7 V6 and five-litre V8) and two transmissions (six-speed manual or auto).

The new 2.3 EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use have a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that "provides quicker boost response, improved efficiency and lower emissions". It was developed specifically for the Mustang and is capable of producing 227kW/400Nm.

No Mustang line-up would be complete without a V8 and that powering the top model of the proposed 2014 range has a number of  upgrades: larger intake and exhaust valves, revised intake and exhaust cams and stiffer valve springs. It also has a new cylinder head.

These upgrades, Ford says, enable to the V8 to generate 318kW/529Nm and "will result in improved fuel economy and lower emissions".

The middle child of the engine line-up is the 3.7 V6 that's capable of 227kW.

Pricing and engine details for SA will be confirmed closer the local launch date.

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