The Ford Mustang 5.0 litre
To the purist, a Mustang must be a V8 and both sound and look ‘the business’; just like the one you see here.
In true Mustang tradition it boasts simple American Fastback looks with a hint of American muscle. In Mustang culture, it must remain affordable by modern day prices – a ‘people’s car’ just as its makers Ford originally intended. That’s why the £30k entry level price tag of this ‘watch me burn rubber’ machine is arguably Ford’s greatest production tribute to the legendary Mustang yet. It’s a ‘proper’ Mustang through and through. It looks good, it performs, it’s fun to drive and it’s accessible.
Ready to go
Yet never before has the Mustang been targeted at anything but the American market. With this latest model Ford want the Mustang to appeal to buyers outside the US. So we can get them straight from a Ford showroom in right hand drive with the alternative option of a more economical and eco-friendly 4 cylinder 2.3 litre turbo EcoBoost engine. The smaller engined version is likely to be the most popular option here in the UK. Opt for this one and the purists might call you a softy, but 90 per cent of the UK population would be oblivious to your choice.
However, we borrowed this Team Sky liveried version for our test. From this 5.0 litre V8 we had 435 bhp under the bonnet, 0-62 mph in 4.4 seconds to experience, a top speed of 155 mph top hit and of course maximum street cred to earn.
This car is ‘oh so Mustang’ and an absolute joy to drive. Yes, its girth has disproportionate presence on our UK roads, but never was there a better means of engrossing yourself in Mustang culture.
The real McCoy
It lacks the ultimate refinement and quality of German performance equivalents such as Audi, but it’s the American ‘Mustangness’ of the car that you love, the interior, for example, being sporty and driver focused in that American way, and it feels like a ‘real’ car in that old traditional sense. 20.9 mpg is all you can expect from this brawny monster but you’ll enjoy every one of your miles for the sound, for the power, for the legend, for Steve McQueen and Bullitt, for those old American films…do I really need to go on? All that for just £34,495, and four grand less for the 2.3 litre Eco. Go on…live. You only get one chance; you can always be sensible when you’re 110.