Review Ford Mustang
I am the envy of 4,000 Australians right now, behind the wheel of a Ford that money cannot buy.
That’s the number of people waiting in line to buy the new Mustang, which is famous for dozens of movies, including the Gone In 60 Seconds, but finally here after 50 years.
For the first time in Mustang’s history, Ford built its iconic muscle car by driving right on American production lines. Models imported earlier in the 1960s and early 2000s were converted domestically.
We’ll help you with the technical differences, but it’s like when you take a new electrical product out of the packaging and try to repack it, it’s not like a factory canned product.
Why is Ford making the Mustang for smaller overseas markets such a big deal – and why is it so surprising?
Because the costs of designing, developing, and building a right-drive variant are almost the same as the original left-drive car – but only about 5% of Mustangs produced will be right-hand drive, wear though demand decreased sharply.
However, Ford certainly felt relieved that their gamble to create a right-hand drive model seemed to have been a success.
So many Australians have bought one before they even “saw it, sat in it or tested it”
The car giant is estimated to sell only 1,000 Mustangs in its first year of launch here, but demand has quadrupled.
Walk into a showroom today and order a new Mustang and your car will be delivered before Christmas – if you’re lucky.
That’s why the chief engineer came all the way to Detroit for the new Mustang’s local media premiere.
He wanted to understand why we love the car so much and why so many Australians buy one before they “see it, sit in it or test drive it”.
He also wants to reduce wait times – but he hasn’t made any promises yet.
Michigan’s Mustang plant is running at full capacity – 22 hours a day, six days a week – to meet global demand.
Some super interested customers have found apps that allow them to track the progress of their Mustangs
Vehicles departing from Australia were sent to a shipping port in Baltimore before the commencement of a three-month cruise through the Panama Canal.
Some super interested customers have found apps that allow them to track the progress of their Mustang – after they find the train.
Ford is not used to this kind of attention.
“This interest in the market really surprised us… and we needed to understand it better,” said chief engineer Carl Widmann.
The reason behind the 12-month delay – in addition to unexpected demand – is that there are more than 100 unique large and small parts to build a right-hand clutch.
When Ford predicted how many cars it would make – they had to decide a year before they sold it, in the process of ramping up production – it played it safe and ordered only a certain quantity out of 100 that only part.
That’s why Ford is suddenly unable to pump more right-drive vehicles out of the factory. But they are working on it.
In the meantime, I have the keys to the new Mustang V8 to see what the trouble is – and almost broke down.
Not because I was too excited, but because this car turned more head than a Ferrari – and the other drivers, unintentionally, nearly crashed into me out of their lane as they stared wide-eyed.
The first surprise to me was that the comfort of the “sport” suspension was not nearly as bad as on the original Mustang V8 tested in the US more than a year ago.
Ford engineers at the time said there was a reworked suspension on the road and they meant it.
The V8 spins freely and sounds breathtaking
The Mustang feels stretch but not jarring on Sydney’s dilapidated roads, which is the most comfortable “sports” suspension I’ve driven.
Ford got it right; The “comfortable” suspension in the tested US model is too hard.
After exiting the city and suburbs, the Mustang will get better. Super-sticky and super-wide Pirelli tires (the same ones found on Ferrari, Porsche, Mercedes AMG and others) have astonishing grip.
The driving feel is sharp and precise like a Mazda MX-5, not a muscle car.
The V8 spins freely and sounds breathtaking. But if I’m honest and a bit picky, I’d rather grumble a bit more at lower revs. The time from 0 to 100kmh that we recorded was fine (5.6 seconds). But our homegrown Falcon XR8 and Falcon XR6 Turbo sedans were faster.
The turbo four-cylinder Mustang is the black horse (pun intended). While 90% of the orders are for the V8, in many ways a four-cylinder is the smarter choice.