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FORD MUSTANG FASTBACK SPECIAL EDITIONS

5.0 V8 Mach 1 2dr Auto

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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 £40,000 to £50,000 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 (apart from the '55 Edition' and 'Bullett' limited run models). And no all-wheel drive option: basically 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 around £44,000. 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 31.7mpg on the combined cycle and 202g/km of CO2 with a 6-speed manual gearbox. Choose that heavy hitting V8 instead though, and you'll emit 268g/km: the official combined consumption figure is 23.9mpg, 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.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions270.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed163mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 12" digital LCD instrument cluster
  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Cruise control
  • Ford copilot 360
  • Ford pass connect embedded modem
  • Ford SYNC 3 satellite navigation + B and O 1000w premium audio system with 12 speakers
  • Lane departure warning with lane keeping aid
  • Oil pressure gauge
  • 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
  • Unique Mach 1 steering - new EPAS Calibration, front and rear subframe

Entertainment

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB connection

Exterior Features

  • 5.0 Exterior badge on front wings
  • Active exhaust system with chrome tips
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Auto high beam
  • Automatic headlights
  • Automatic rain sensing wipers
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Bonnet air intake
  • Electric front windows
  • LED headlamps with daytime running lights and LED fog lamps
  • Low gloss magnetic mirror caps
  • Mach 1 badge on instrument panel with unique chassis number
  • Mach 1 fender and rear bootlid badge
  • Magnetic decklid spoiler
  • Power folding door mirrors with Mustang logo projection puddle lamps
  • Unique Mach 1 front bumper design
  • Unique Mach 1 front grille with low gloss magnetic pony badge

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 multifunction steering wheel
  • Reach and rake adjustable leather steering wheel with integrated controls
  • Rear head restraints
  • Unique white cue ball gearknob

Packs

  • Track capable aero dynamics pack - Mustang
  • Track capable cooling pack - Mustang
  • Unique Mach 1 stripe pack - Mustang

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
  • 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

Technical

  • Limited slip differential
  • Magneride adaptive suspension system
  • Open air induction system
  • Unique Mach 1 suspension set up - stiffer bars and front springs

Wheels

  • Michelin pilot sport 4 tyres
  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    270
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
    270
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
    270

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    4951
  • Compression Ratio
    12.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V8
  • Cylinders
    8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    93
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92.7
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    MULTI POINT FUEL INJECTION
  • Gears
    10 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    32
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    11.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
    24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
    24.1

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    5.0
  • Badge Power
    460
  • Based On ID
    92390
  • Coin Description
    V8
  • Coin Series
    Mach 1
  • Generation Mark
    6
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • 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
    Yes
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    60000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.6
  • Engine Power - BHP
    460
  • Engine Power - KW
    338
  • Engine Power - RPM
    7250
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    392
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    53.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    529
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    4600
  • Top Speed
    163

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

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 Style
    5 SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1403
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4797
  • Width
    1916
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2097

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    61
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2150
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Max. Loading Weight
    240
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1851
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2
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"The team at Silverstone have been brilliant, my journey started with Ryan who looked after me initially and provided all the quotes on different vehicles, lease lengths & mileage options he never lost interest and was always there to tweak as I needed, nothing was too much trouble. The order process was simple and I was kept up to date all the way through. Holly then picked up my account and was nothing short of amazing! She has the patience of a saint, keeping me updated on the phone, email and through the vehicle tracker all the while dealing with me and my constant questions! A few teething issues on delivery but all down to Tesla and as soon as I asked for help Holly stepped up to help get them all sorted! I would highly recommend to anyone!"

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