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2018-03-23 12:28

 • Design tweaks, enhanced engines, sharper driving dynamics and advanced driver assistance technologies 
 • More athletic styling. 
 • Upscale interior offers soft-touch materials and aluminium finishes
 • Enhanced 5.0-litre V8 engine 
 • 10-speed auto transmission and six-speed manual
 • MagneRide suspension and Drive Modes
 • New Active Valve Performance Exhaust delivers innovative 'Good Neighbour Mode'
 • Advanced driver assistance technologies include Pedestrian Detection, Lane-Keeping Aid and customisable 12" digital cluster

Germany – Sleeker, faster and more technologically-advanced… Ford debuts its enhanced Mustang.

Available in fastback and convertible body styles, the Mustang now features more refined aerodynamics, and is enhanced with LED lighting technology, and a choice of 11 bold exterior colours and new alloy wheel options.

The 5.0-litre Ford V8 engine now delivers 330kW – and is able to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.3 seconds when combined with new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Mustang’s six-speed manual transmission now features rev-matching technology that delivers smoother, faster downshifts accompanied by a “blip” of the powerful engine.

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The Mustang sports new MagneRide adjustable suspension and selectable Drive Modes, including a new customisable My Mode option. A new Active Valve Performance Exhaust even delivers an innovative Good Neighbour Mode for early-morning or late-night driving.

Driver assistance technologies including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid enhance the driving experience with greater peace-of-mind. A contemporary, upscale interior features soft-touch materials and a 12" all-digital instrument cluster for a superior occupant experience.

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Ultimate performance

The 5.0-litre V8 engine has been further developed to deliver 330kW and 529Nm, when combined with a 10-speed automatic gearbox delivers 12.1 litres/100km and 270 g/km.

The more fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers 213kW and 440Nm with 9.0 litres/100km and 199 g/km CO2, when combined with a six-speed manual gearbox. 


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Both engines can be equipped with a choice of new 10-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions. 

A new optional MagneRide Damping System can deliver a lightning-quick response to changing road conditions. A unique fluid inside the damper can be electronically stimulated to offer higher or lower damping resistance, depending on the driving scenario. Sensors monitor conditions one thousand times per second to ensure optimum handling performance.

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Two new Drive Modes are now offered to help drivers match electronic stability control, throttle response, automatic gear-shift patterns, steering and Active Valve Performance Exhaust settings to the driving scenario.

In addition to Normal, Sport, Track and Snow/Wet Modes:
• Drag Strip Mode optimises performance for maximum acceleration standing starts and quarter-mile performance at dedicated drag racing strips
• My Mode enables drivers to select their own preferred settings for performance, dynamics and exhaust sound

New Active Valve Performance Exhaust technology means drivers can for the first time adjust the intensity of the Mustang’s exhaust note to suit their mood and the driving scenario. The innovative Good Neighbour Mode can be programmed to automatically limit the exhaust’s noise output at pre-programmed times of the day to avoid disturbing neighbours, not least when firing up the legendary 5.0-litre V8 early in the morning.

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Smart tech for safety and convenience

The new Mustang will be offered to customers in Europe with a comprehensive range of driver assistance technologies including Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection – designed to reduce the severity of and, in some cases, even mitigate frontal collisions involving vehicles and pedestrians.

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The Mustang for the first time will also be offered with Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert technologies that help drivers maintain an appropriate distance to the vehicle ahead, as well as Lane Departure Warning that can warn when drivers unintentionally drift out of lane, and Lane Keeping Aid that can apply torque to the steering wheel to steer the vehicle back into lane. 

A customisable, all-digital, 12" LCD instrument cluster will deliver information displays optimised to match the selected Drive Mode – similar to the Ford GT supercar – helping drivers get the most from every driving experience. The cluster configuration will automatically change depending on Drive Mode, and can be programmed by the driver to display a range of gauges in one of seven colours. Drivers of Mustangs equipped with the 12" display will see an industry-first, video-game-style animation when the Electric Line Lock feature is activated.

The new Mustang also features Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system, which allows drivers to control their connected smartphones, audio, navigation, and climate functions with conversational voice commands, and by using pinch and swipe gestures on the central 8" touch screen. The system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

A new special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt pays homage to the Mustang GT fastback that featured in the legendary Warner Bros. film starring Steve McQueen. Available in Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green, Mustang Bullitt is powered by an uprated Ford 5.0-litre V8 that is anticipated to deliver 341kW and 529Nm.


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