The 2015 Ford Mustang range is on its way to Australia, including cars in the classic V8 format, and for the first time in these parts, a turbocharged four-cylinder variant (there was a Mustang SVO in the 1980s with turbo-four power… and a price above that of the ‘5.0’ in the US!). Due to high demand, Ford launched an early dealer ordering system after it recently confirmed pricing. As a result, more than 2000 Australians have ordered a piece of the action, months before the car is due to be released.
Australian Ford engineers have been testing the left-hand-drive versions of the car at Lara Proving Ground, Ford’s testing facility outside of Geelong (Vic) in preparation for the highly anticipated launch.
“As soon as Ford announced Mustang was coming to Australia (in December 2013) our phones started ringing. A few customers even made deposits before pricing and specifications were confirmed. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. And, it’s opened doors for us to have conversations with potential owners about the broader Ford range, like our first-class SUV line-up, as well,” explains David Blackwood, Dealer Principal of the Bayford Group in Victoria.
Ford has also confirmed a ‘Performance Pack’ option for each model, which includes strut bracing to secure the suspension strut towers to the bulkhead, a chassis modification that Ford calls ‘Unique Chassis Tuning’, a larger rear sway bar and heavy duty front springs. The cars will also be equipped with ‘SYNC2’ infotainment system and advanced safety and driver-assist features.
Although the most popular version of the range is the iconic 5.0-Litre V8, it will be interesting to see how the four-cylinder EcoBoost model will perform in both sales and on the road. The EcoBoost is said to “provide the power of a bigger engine in a smaller, more efficient package”, which is likely to better suit the local market’s move towards smaller capacities.
The excitement shown by Australians for the Mustang is clear, with over 20,000 Aussies making sure they’re kept informed on any information regarding the release of the iconic muscle car via Ford’s website.