The wait is over. Ford has finally released the Mustang on South African shores. Brace yourself for an assault of equestrian-related headlines and puns in the nation’s automotive titles. We’ll spare you for now – instead, let’s gallop right into the nitty gritty of the all-new muscle car. It’s available in both Fastback and Convertible guises. There is a choice of a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine (223kW and 430Nm) or a 5.0-litre V8 (306kW and 530Nm). Buyers can pick between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission.
Ford claims a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.8 seconds for the turbocharged model, while the V8 dispatches the dash in 4.8 seconds. The latter lays claim to being the fastest accelerating Ford ever sold in South Africa. Perhaps that could change when the new Focus RS arrives…
Highlights include selectable drive modes, as well as an accelerometer, acceleration timer and brake performance readouts, all geared towards drivers with track stints in mind. The V8 has a launch control function, in addition to what Ford describes a Line Lock system. This applies the brakes to the front wheels – “allowing drivers to warm the rear tyres” – according to the manufacturer. Surely this sentence in the press release was written tongue-in-check. Because everyone knows the feature will serve to facilitate mean burnouts. But now the important bit. Price. Things start off at R699 900 for the 2.3 EcoBoost Manual. Add R20 000 if you want an automatic. And add R80 000 if you want the roofless version, only available with an automatic gearbox. The V8 goes for R819 900, while the V8 automatic costs R839 900. The Convertible will set you back R899 900.
Look out for our full driving impressions of the new Ford Mustang, in the IgnitionLive print supplement next Wednesday, 9 December, free in The Times and Sowetan newspapers.