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Facelifted, more powerful Ford Mustang priced in the US


Due to hit North American dealership floors around September, Ford has revealed engine and indeed pricing details of the facelifted Mustang.

First shown back in January after originally leaking in an online promotional video, the heavily updated version of the Blue Oval's iconic pony car features a completely redesigned front facia made up of a lower bonnet, new front bumper, slimmer full LED headlights, revised foglight clusters and a new bumper spoiler.

Revisions to the rear are made of new lights, lower placed diffuser, duel or quad exhaust outlets and, as part of the Performance Package, a new bootlid spoiler.

The interior has been kept mostly unchanged with the only exception being a new twelve-inch customisable digital instrument cluster in place of the previous analogue setup. Following a series of poor Euro NCAP performances, new safety items include Pre Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection, Driver Alert, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning.

As well as a lowered ride height, changes underneath the Mustang's skin are made up of new shock absorbers, cross joint axis, revised stabiliser bars, Line-Lock function on all models, and as part of the Performance Package, 19-inch alloy wheels, Torsen limited slip differential, larger anti-roll bars and MagneRide dampers derived from the Shelby GT350. Six-piston brake Brembo front brakes, a heavy duty radiator and K-brace are added to GT's speificied with the Performance Package.

In-line with previous reports, the biggest amendments are to be found underneath the hood where the 2.3-litre EcoBoost not only replaces the US-market naturally aspirated 3.7-litre V6 as base engine, but also gets a bump in torque from 430 Nm to 474 Nm with power remaining unchanged at 233 kW.

More extensive, the 5.0-litre V8 in the GT now develops 343 kW and 569 Nm as opposed to 325 kW / 542 Nm, with both models offering the option of a six-speed manual gearbox or the brand new 10-speed automatic co-developed with General Motors. Ford has since claimed that the latter 'box and new Drag-Strip Mode would propel the GT from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in "under four seconds", making it not only the fastest Mustang ever, but "faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera".

In the US, the Mustang will again be offered in Fastback or Convertible bodystyles with pricing for the manual EcoBoost starting at $26 485 (R345 269) and at $31 985 (R416 969) for the Convertible. For the GT, this rises to $35 995 (R469 245) for the Fastback and $44 495 (R580 054) for the drop top, while the addition of the 10-speed 'box adds an additional $1 600 (R20 858).

Those opting for the Performance Package on the EcoBoost will have to fork out an extra $2 500 (R32 591) and a eye-watering $4 000 (R52 145) for the GT.

Ford South Africa is yet to confirm local Mustang pricing, but expect the range to be made up of the Fastback with both the EcoBoost and V8 linked to either the six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic, and the auto-only Convertible again offering both engines.  Unlike the US-model, the Performance Package is likely to be standard across the range.

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