Finally, the all-new Ford Mustang has been officially launched in Australia.
Buyers will have the choice of two powertrains, the iconic 5.0-litre V8 and the slightly more efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost motor. Fastback and convertible variants are available from launch.
The EcoBoost Mustang is returns to a recipe trialled in the 1980s. Back then, the Mustang SVO introduced a 2.3-litre turbo-four as emissions almost led to the V8’s death. It wasn’t a success.
This time, there’s a thoroughly modern 2.3-litre GTDi EcoBoost engine underbonnet. It makes an impressive 233kW of power and 432Nm of torque. This is all possible thanks to its twin-scroll turbocharger system, variable cam timing and direct injection.
The heavier, but more powerful, Mustang GT is powered by the latest version of Ford’s 5.0-litre Ti-CVT V8. An upgraded valve-train, cylinder heads and a new intake manifold has allowed the GT to produce 306kW of power and 530Nm of torque.
Fastback buyers will have the choice of an updated six-speed manual or automatic gearbox however all convertible customers will be restricted to an automatic transmission. Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential as standard.
Handling characteristics have been improved for the new 2016 Mustang range with an all-new suspension system. A new perimeter subframe has been incorporated to increase structural rigidity and reduce mass.
The 2016 Mustang has undergone substantial design changes from previous models. Ford claims that although styling has changed significantly, the new Fastback and Convertible evoke ‘the essential character of the brand’.
Most notable exterior design features include a reduced roof height and a wider track allowing for a lower and wider stance. The Fastback has a steeply sloped windshield and rear window creating a ‘sleeker’ profile which is said to reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency.
“With the new Mustang, we spent about twice as much time running aerodynamic simulations and doing wind tunnel tests than the previous Mustang,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer.
“Major advances in our computational fluid dynamics capability let us test the effect of design changes and give feedback to the studio in less than 48 hours so they had more opportunity to try out different styling ideas.”
Four driving modes are available which affect steering sensitivity, engine response, transmission and electronic stability control settings. These can be selected via a toggle switch on the car’s cockpit-inspired centre console. Sadly, burnout mode has been omitted from Aus-spec Mustangs.
Normal mode is designed for comfort, steering is softened and the stability control threshold is tight. The Sport+ mode provides more responsive steering, an increased throttle response and, in automatic variants, the mode will raise shifting points. The car’s Track mode will enable a louder engine sound and increase feedback for the most control on the racetrack. The car also features a Snow/Wet mode which is designed to increase traction when faced with poor road conditions.
The 2016 Ford Mustang is now available to order, but get comfortable because every unit expected to arrive this year is already spoken for. Ford’s Recommended Manufacturer List Price’s are as follows:
- Fastback MT $45,990
- Fastback AT $48,490
- Convertible AT $54,990
- Fastback MT $57,490
- Fastback AT $59,990
- Convertible AT $66,490