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Ford MUSTANG FASTBACK 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr

Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
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Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr
Ford MUSTANG 5.0 V8 GT [Custom Pack 2] 2dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG22.80
  • 0-62mph secs
  • Top Speed mph
  • C02277 g/km
  • BHP450
  • Torque390 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

The sixth generation version of Ford's iconic Mustang has been smartened up for European markets - but not beyond recognition. As before, there's a choice of both 'Fastback' coupe and Convertible bodystyles but in both cases, there's a smarter look, both inside and out. The big 5.0-litre V8 gets more power - and there's a fresh 10-speed auto gearbox for the base 2.3-litre EcoBoost derivative too. What hasn't changed is that pricing continues to make many comparable European performance cars look very expensive.

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Ford's Mustang gets serious in this improved sixth generation guise. What hasn't changed is this model's mantra of plenty of power at an affordable price. Jonathan Crouch reckons that there's nothing quite like it.

Background

It's almost a national pastime to take pot shots at American sports coupes. The specialist magazines tend to dismiss them as crude, lumbering fuel hogs that couldn't get out of their own way if they tried. Historically, some of that has been down to jealousy. Traditionally after all, many US sportscars haven't been sold here in right-hand drive form, leaving the 'experts' yet another reason to bitterly snipe away at Corvettes, Camaros, Mustangs and Vipers to their hearts' content. And then, a few years back, Ford announced it was going to make the Mustang in right-hand drive and offer it for sale in the UK, which meant that the same dealer selling Fiestas could also, rather incredibly, offer you a 5.0-litre V8 Mustang. Suddenly American sports coupes didn't seem so stupid any longer. Sales since have been strong, so much so that Ford has moved to further 'Europeanise' this car. But will that dilute it's appeal? Let's see.

Driving Experience

As before, the Mustang offers a choice between two very different powerplants. While there will be many who don't see the point in choosing anything other than the 5.0-litre V8, Ford predicts a good take-up of the 2.3-litre Ecoboost turbo four. With UK pump prices being what they are, you can see the logic. It's not exactly limp-wristed either. With 290PS to call upon, it'll get to 62mph in around 6 seconds in six-speed manual guise. As an option, Ford now offers an auto transmission with no fewer than ten speeds. The brand claims that this new auto 'box offers greater fuel efficiency and improved acceleration. The gearbox's electronic control system enables settings that optimise performance for the car's various Drive Modes, plus there's real-time adaptive shift-scheduling that allows the transmission to adapt to changing conditions and select the right gear in any situation - from coast-road cruising to the drag-strip. In short, for the right buyer, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang variant could now be quite a tempting proposition. Look at the ballistic V8 version though and your resolve might weaken. Its output has now been increased to 450PS, plus there's more low-end torque than there was before. As for driving dynamics, well Ford claims to have improved these for European buyers with this enhanced model. Recalibrated shock absorbers should improve stability through corners, while the rear suspension has been stiffened with a cross-axis joint that reduces unwanted movement at each corner that can lead to body flex. Thicker anti-roll bars also better control body-roll for sharper handling. A new optional MagneRide Damping System can deliver a lightning-quick response to changing road conditions. Plus there are two new Drive Modes in addition to the usual 'Normal', 'Sport', 'Track' and 'Snow/Wet' settings. 'Drag Strip Mode' optimises performance for maximum acceleration from standing starts. And 'My Mode' enables drivers to select their own preferred settings for performance, dynamics and exhaust sound. In addition, the car also has a 'Good Neighbour Mode' that can be programmed to automatically limit the exhaust's noise output at pre-programmed times of the day to avoid disturbing your neighbours, not least when firing up the legendary 5.0-litre V8 early in the morning.

Design and Build

Buyers continue to choose between fixed-top or Convertible bodystyles and it's the coupe that most distinctively retains the characteristic fastback shape the Mustang has always had, a look which first debuted way back in 1965. Let's talk you through the changes made to this revised model. The bonnet profile is now lower with integrated air vents, combined with a revised lower grille design to give the Mustang a sharper, more aggressive face, while improving aerodynamics. The headlamps and tail lights have been re-styled too and at the rear, there's a sleeker bumper and a more aggressive diffuser. Inside, Ford has tried to give the cabin more of the premium feel you get in notable German rivals. Soft touch materials now feature for the door linings and the door handles are finished in aluminium. The centre console features a smarter hand-stitched, soft-touch wrap, finished with stitching in a contrast colour for a more dynamic and upscale feel. Leather-trimmed, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are also offered across the line-up for the first time for ultimate comfort. There's also now a customisable, all-digital, 12-inch LCD instrument cluster and the centre-dash infotainment system has been upgraded to 'SYNC 3' status, which includes 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring functionality. None of this is going to leave the likes of Audi and Mercedes reaching for their drawing boards anytime soon, but a Mustang needs to feel like a Mustang; a proper blue-collar, hairy-chested people's sports car. No, that's not a cop-out: Ford had long and detailed discussions about this. Mustang buyers have an expectation of a certain straightforwardness about the car and Ford needed to guarantee this while at the same time improving interior quality. It actually strikes a nice balance. It's not chi chi but then neither does it feel like a holiday rental.

Market and Model

Prices are much as before, mainly pitched in the £36,000 to £47,000 bracket. In terms of performance-per-pound, that still represents an awful lot for your cash. Essentially, the choices here are simple. 'Fastback' coupe or Convertible bodystyles; 2.3-litre turbo four cylinder or 5.0-litre V8 GT power; and six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission. That's it. No fancier trim levels, no all-wheel drive option: you get it as it comes. You won't be surprised to hear that the base price applies to the 2.3-litre EcoBoost 'Fastback' coupe manual version; for a 5.0-litre V8 Fastback coupe GT manual model, the starting price would be over £41,000. Add £3,500 to each of those figures if you want the Convertible bodystyle. And a further £1,500 of you want the auto gearbox. Safety's been improved, this enhanced model now featuring autonomous braking - Ford calls it 'Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection'. The Mustang is also now 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, plus a Lane Keeping Aid that can apply torque to the steering wheel to steer the vehicle back into lane.

Cost of Ownership

If you hold great store in miles per gallon figures, don't ever, ever take a test drive in the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang. It'll ruin you for the Ecoboost model. The 2.3-litre car returns an economy reading that is actually quite impressive for such a big, powerful, petrol-engined car, getting 31.4mpg on the combined cycle and 199g/km of CO2 with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Choose that heavy hitting V8 instead though, and you'll emit 270g/km: the official combined consumption figure is 23.3mpg, but if you can get the fuel meter to average into the twenties, you have more restraint than we could manage. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver its efficiency. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to make good on the performance Mustang drivers expect. The automatic transmission versions feature steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, which isn't really very 'Mustang'. Ford says that the extra ratios of the new 10-speed auto gearbox will improve efficiency. Perhaps so, but don't expect the gains to be spectacular.

Summary

Having tested the water in Europe with this Mustang and gained a very positive sales result, Ford has moved to develop the car for the specific needs of our continent. This revised model has a classier feel, both inside and out - and the extra driving modes, additional safety features and 10-speed auto gearbox are all welcome additions. None of this though, has diluted this Ford sportscar's essential charm. The monster 5.0-litre V8 model seems a bit of an indulgence, but it certainly has its own charisma and if that thirst for fuel can be offset by reserving it as a weekend toy, then it's not difficult to see this car chalking up a few orders. The EcoBoost version doesn't quite have the same aural drama, but it remains exceptional value for money for a 290PS sports car. Overall, this Ford isn't sophisticated, it isn't necessarily beautiful and it isn't backwards about coming forwards. But it's a Mustang and the people who'll love the thing would have it no other way.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
5.0 Exterior badge on front wings
Active exhaust system with quad tailpipes
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Auto high beam
Automatic headlights
Automatic rain sensing wipers
Bi-Xenon headlights
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door mirrors
Bonnet air intake
Electric front windows
GT exterior badge on bootlid
GT front grille with vertical power bars
LED headlamps with daytime running lights and LED fog lamps
Magnetic blade decklid rear spoiler
Power folding door mirrors with Mustang logo projection puddle lamps
Packs
Custom pack 2 - Mustang
Technical
Sports suspension
Adaptive damping system
Fully independent front and rear suspension
Launch control
Limited slip differential
Driver Convenience
12" digital LCD instrument cluster
Adaptive cruise control
Apple car play/Android Auto
Bluetooth connectivity with voice control
Electric power steering
Ford pass connect embedded modem
Ford SYNC 3 with 8" colour touch screen
Lane departure warning with lane keeping aid
Oil pressure gauge
Rear view camera with rear parking sensors
Selectable driving modes - normal, mymode, snow/wet, sport+, track and drag mode
Service interval indicator
SYNC Emergency Assistance
Track apps with accelerometer technology
Trip computer
Entertainment
DAB Digital radio
USB connection
Interior Features
6 way power adjustable front seats and driver seat power lumbar adjust
Ambient lighting
Cup holders
Dual electronic automatic temperature control
Front headrests
Heated steering wheel
Illuminated entry system
Individually folding rear seats
Isofix system on outer rear seats
Leather gearknob
Leather multifunction steering wheel
Leather upholstery
Reach and rake adjustable leather steering wheel with integrated controls
Rear head restraints
Safety
4 seatbelts
ABS
Drivers knee airbag
Dual front airbags
Electronic Line Lock
Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with three settings
ESP
Front side airbags
MyKey system
Performance brake system with brembo 6 piston front callipers and electronic brake prefill
Pre collision assist system
Side curtain airbags
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Ford key free system with power starter button and keyless entry
Immobiliser
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm
Wheels
Tyre repair kit
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 297
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 4951
Cylinder Layout V8
Cylinders 8
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 32
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 22.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 32.1
EC Urban (mpg) 15.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 11.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 11.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 9.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 10
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 20.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 12.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 23.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 23.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 28.8
WLTP - MPG - High 28.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 13.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium 23
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 5.0
Badge Power 450
Coin Description V8
Coin Series GT [Custom Pack 2]
Generation Mark 6
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 45E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 12
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage 60000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
Engine Power - BHP 450
Engine Power - KW 331
Engine Power - RPM 7000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 390
Engine Torque - MKG 53.9
Engine Torque - NM 529
Engine Torque - RPM 4600
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 255/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear 275/40 R19
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Type 19" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1381
Length 4784
Width 1916
Width (including mirrors) 2080
Weight and Capacities
Minimum Kerbweight 1818
No. of Seats 4

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £910.46 p/m £55.11 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £975.51 p/m £151.85 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £743.47 p/m £70.90 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £805.64 p/m £171.24 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £857.46 p/m £270.65 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £669.77 p/m £89.62 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £721.45 p/m £182.64 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Additional Exclusive paint £850.00
Additional Premium paint £600.00
Black body stripes £500.00
Black contrast roof £500.00
Exclusive paint £750.00
Large rear spoiler £350.00
Premium paint £250.00
White body stripes £500.00
Packs
Custom pack 2 - Mustang with Recaro seats £1,400.00
Paintwork
Exclusive paint - Grabber lime £850.00
Exclusive paint - Lucid red £850.00
Exclusive paint - Magnetic £750.00
Exclusive paint - Twister orange £850.00
Premium paint - Iconic silver £600.00
Premium paint - Kona blue £600.00
Premium paint - Oxford white £250.00
Premium paint - Shadow black £600.00
Premium paint - Velocity blue £600.00
Solid - Race red FOC
Technical
Magneride adaptive suspension system £1,600.00
Trim
Leather - Ceramic FOC
Leather - Ebony FOC
Leather - Tan FOC
* option prices shown are estimated