Ford’s pony car is the true American metal that Ford India has given to the Indian auto-enthusiasts after their almost two decades of existence in India. The car has captured the hearts of automobile aficionados for the last five decades. The first production ready Mustang was unveiled to the public in Ford Pavilion at the New York World’s fair on April 17, 1964. However, till 2015 Ford always had the Mustang’s steering on the left-hand side. Finally, in the autumn of 2015 (after 50 years!) Ford started minting out right hand drive Mustangs in the UK car market.
Ford India brought this legendary car to India recently. We take the mighty V8 for a spin!
The car is unmistakably American with anything and everything associated with it is XXL. The car looks big and burly with oodles of muscle. The front is gracefully wicked, sides belong to a muscular fastback and the rear is typical American with the signature tri-bar tail lamps and the GT badge. The car got a dramatic redesign in its latest update as a true muscle car with genuine crossover appeal. The sixth gen Mustang gets the familiar signature Mustang grille with the galloping horse at the center, flanked by sharp and sinister headlamps. The front and rear windshields are steeply raked and the rear windscreen simply blends with the boot and bumper. The bonnet gets a prominent bulge which houses the BIG 5.0 liter V8 engine under it.
The car has a low and squattish appearance with sufficient ground clearance which is way more compared to any super car standards. The car gets massive 19 inch alloy wheels which is nicely fills the wheel wells (tyres are 255/40 ZR19 at the front and wider 275/40 ZR19 at the rear).
The retro yet cool theme of the exterior creeps to the inside as well. However, surprisingly the interiors are not that spacious as we may except from a car with such huge footprint. The interiors are well screwed together and have a chunky feeling to all the elements inside. The interiors are definitely modern with an old world charm infused. Ford offers space for two at the rear, but it is very much cramped. The dashboard is a combination of black plastics, leather and dull silver inserts.
The car is ‘sufficiently’ equipped (considering the price) with eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, heated and cooled seats, 8.0 inch touch screen infotainment with Voice command and Ford Sync connectivity. The music is played thru the premium Shaker brand nine speakers system. The most attractive and retro item inside are the toggle switches which can be used to select the drive modes, steering settings, traction control on/off and hazard lights. Though the car gets a fairly large 383 liters boot, absence of a wheel well to accommodate the spare wheel and a narrow mouth affect the load carrying capacity of the Mustang.
Engine and Performance
The car is powered by a 5.0 liter V8 Ti-VCT petrol engine that generates a peak power of 396hp @ 3600 rpm and maximum torque of 515Nm @ 4250 rpm. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.
The V8 with a slight dab on the start button comes to life with a burble. This V8 is surprisingly quite at idle and lower revvs. The car has ample torque right from the low revv ranges and is a pleasure to drive in the city traffic conditions. The things get better as the revvs built up. This large V8 motor is a free revving motor and revvs all the way to 6900 rpm. The car has a sweet and addictive sound track at higher revvs. The car breaches the 100 kmph mark in just 4.9 seconds.
Engine gets four drive modes:
The steering has three settings:
This engine is impressively quick for an American motor.
Handling and Ride Comfort
Ford has tuned the Mustang pretty well to handle the straights as well as demanding corners. The large and heavy Mustang negotiate the tight twisties with surprising agility. The solid axles at the rear is replaced with independent units which in long way has improved the handling. However, the car has fair amount of body roll and the rear has a tendency to unsettle. The car gets all four-wheel disc brakes and has decent stopping power.