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More traditional engine choice is better bet than four-cylinder version

The new 2.3-litre four-cylinder Mustang may seem the obvious choice for Europeans wanting a modern slice of Americana, but the 5.0-litre V8 driven here is what the Mustang’s all about.

With 420bhp and 529Nm of torque, a 0-60mph time of around 4.5 seconds should be expected, accompanied by the most glorious, traditional V8 growl that gets more and more exciting as you go faster and faster.

That alone could be worth the extra £4,000 the V8 costs over the £30,000 for the 2.3 Mustang (with the convertible adding another £4k), but the relaxed power delivery and the fact the mpg won’t be too far from the smaller engine’s could swing it.

The Ford Mustang’s a big car, though, and the extra weight of the V8 can be felt through the nose. That said, for something that’s so large, it handles remarkably well with masses of grip and a surprising adjustability to the chassis that means you’ll really have fun on twisty roads. The steering could do with being a little quicker to respond, but it’s more in keeping with the Mustang’s dual role as a comfy GT.

It’s a shame the Performance Pack that every European Mustang comes with makes the ride a bit too firm – it might be a deal breaker on UK roads.

And while the car is fully loaded with gadgets and gizmos and the cabin looks just as good (and traditional) as the exterior, there are some plastics inside that would be out of place in a Fiesta at a third of the cost.

To be fair to the Mustang, though, it’s always been about affordable performance, and this latest model puts a big tick in that box. It’ll be great to be able to buy a right-hand-drive Mustang this time next year in the UK.

Price: $54347/£34,000
Engine/Power: 5.0-litre V8/420bhp
Transmission: Six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
0-62mph/top speed: 4.5 seconds (est)/164mph
Economy/CO2: N/A
On sale UK: Autumn 2015


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Having a big, bruising, bellowing V8 under the bonnet is far more appealing than a four-cylinder engine, even if it costs four grand more. It makes the new Mustang 
an incredibly appealing car, if difficult to justify by modern European standards.

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RHD 5.0 v8 Stang will be the only one worth buying from Ford UK, it will be Ford of Europe fastest car in the showroom next year. Good point is IRS it has improved the Mustang big time.

Mmmm AE compares Fiesta plastic to Mustang plastic LOL Auto Expess, AE only like VW best quality plastic nothing can beat VW best quality plastic car at AE, they seem a bit biased in every report towards VW. According to Auto Express what you need is a Fiesta as its plastic in the car costs one third less than a Mustang Mmmm.

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I read lots of praises regarding the Mustang interior materials in other non-American magazines. Somebody who claims there can be found cheaper interior bits in Mustang than those in Fiesta must have squeaks and rattles in his head. BTW, the interior of base Audi A5 I currently drive isn't that great either. It's of course a VW product so it must be perfect according to auto-journalists that get free Audis/Skodas and VWs for weekends.
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