MUSTANG HEADED FOR SA: Ford’s new Mustang muscle car will arrive in South Africa in December 2015. Image: Ford
• Fastest coupe since GT supercar
• Powered by 5.0 V8
• To arrive in SA in Dec 2015
COLOGNE, Germany – Ford has revealed the 0-100km/h sprint time for its new SA-bound Mustang, stating it will be the fastest accelerating coupe it's offered in Europe yet.
The new right-hand drive Mustang will arrive in South Africa in December.
The company also revealed that more than 3400 customers have ordered the new Mustang in Europe. Ford SA confirms that order books for its new local muscle car have "not been opened".
The Mustang is available with Ford’s five-litre V8 320kW/530Nm of torque or the 2.3-litre EcoBoost capable of 228kW/432Nm of torque.
The V8 fastback, equipped with a six-speed manual and launch control, is capable of reaching 100km in 4.8sec – faster than any Ford coupe in Europe since the limited Ford GT supercar launched in 2005. For comparison its rivals will be the Chevrolet Camaro and Dodge Challenger, which reach 100km/h in 4.4 and 5.1sec respectively.
IMAGE GALLERY: 2015 Ford Mustang
VIDEO: Ford Mustang V8 speed test
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost-powered fastback reaches 0-100km/h in 5.8sec and is capable of eight-litres/100km with emissions of 179g/km. The new model's body is 28% stiffer than its predecessor.
WHAT ABOUT CORNERING?
Ford Mustang vehicle line director Hermann Salenbauch said: “The new Ford Mustang will be wickedly fast off the line and throw you back in your seat with a thrilling engine soundtrack but the Mustang isn’t just fast in a straight line. The ride and handling will be a revelation for European drivers.”
Selected drive modes (normal, sport+, track or snow/wet) are invoked using toggle switches on the centre console and adjust the AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, throttle response and gear shifts. Steering can be switched to one of three settings - normal, comfort, sport.
Ford's Track Apps, controlled via the steering wheel, offers an accelerometer, acceleration timer and brake performance, which measures braking time and distance from a set speed.
Its launch control system (available for the V8 manual), the automaker says, "holds the engine at a preset value from 3000rpm to 4500rpm with the accelerator fully depressed. When the clutch is released, torque delivery to the rear wheels is controlled for maximum traction and consistent standing starts."
An electronic Line Lock system for the V8 applies only the front brakes, allowing drivers to the warm the rear tyres.
CLASSIC DESIGN, MODERN TECH
The new Mustang is available as a fastback or convertible with either a six-speed manual or auto transmission. Classic design elements include three-dimensional LED tail lights, Ford's signature trapezoidal grille and "shark-bite" nose. It's available in any of 10 colours and equipped with 19" alloy rims, xenon headlights, dual aircon and a rear diffuser.
Ford will begin production of right-hand drive Mustangs later in 2015 at its Flat Rock facility in Michigan, USA.
The cabin has a nine-speaker sound system, Ford's Sync 2 voice control connectivity and a 20cm touch-screen.
Click on the gif below to view the Mustang speed test