Continental fans of American muscle cars have had to wait 50 years for their very own Mustang but Ford is very chuffed to announce that us Euro folk will be receiving our own Pony Car in 2014.
That’s right, the motor that helped propel Steve McQueen to ‘King of Cool’ status, the car that inspired many a song to be written and the car that never quite made sense for UK buyers will soon be hitting a showroom near you.
But why launch a European Mustang now? “The Mustang’s formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold,” believes Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
“The new Mustang epitomises Ford’s aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.”
But what can we expect? Well, the Euro ‘Stang will come in both coupe and soft-top form (the latter looking even more impressive) with a choice of either a sensible 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that produces just over 300bhp or the full-fat 5.0-litre V8 that delivers in excess of 420bhp for that true American experience.
US sports cars have typically been slow sellers in the UK, partly because they stereotypically feature petrol-guzzling engines but mainly because they simply don’t perform very well on the broken and twisty back roads of Britain.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road,” said Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer.
The European model will also feature all-new front and rear suspension systems that have been specially adapted to UK roads, high-performance brakes and all of the interior technology one comes to expect from a top of the range Ford model.
Pricing is yet to be revealed but expect to pay around £30,000 for the 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine and around £5,000 more for the potent V8.
If you’d prefer an older Ford Mustang, you can search for a used imported example here.