The new Ford Mustang is coming… and, for the first time, it will be right hand drive! Previous ’Stang fans who wanted a right hooker would have to rely on Australia’s market for RHD conversions. But we’ll have to wait a little longer until we see a pukka Ford-built Mustang with the steering wheel on the ‘correct’ side (apologies to readers across the pond) as the two examples at FoS are US specification. They’re here to ramp-up excitement for those that arrive in 2015, with one taking its place on the Ford stand for close inspection and another in action on the hill during the three Festival of Speed days.
How does the new ‘global’ Mustang look in the flesh? Very Mustang-like thankfully… Ford made the adroit decision to take its modern-day pony car global, rather than change it for global tastes. Good thing too… if you want a European coupe and convertible, there’s already plenty of choice.
Ford has cherry-picked Mustang styling cues to avoid an overtly retro appearance, but its does look like a natural evolution of the 2004 model, which had no such anti-retro qualms. To our eyes, it also borrows from the forward-looking Vignale concepts, which are on show in the Moving Motor Show hall.
In another forward step, it has abandoned its hitherto steadfast reliance on a live rear axle. The 2015 Mustang has been brought right up to date with independent rear suspension and a revised front end to match. The result – according to Ford and, let’s be honest, logic – is a much improved ride.
Engine options include a 2.3-litre four-cylinder Ecoboost engine that produces 305bhp and 300lb ft of torque. The UK won’t get the mid-range V6, but will have the option of the 420bhp 5.0-litre Coyote V8 for the full-on USA soundtrack.
We’d take ours with the full complement of cylinders.
Photography: Richard Pardon