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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 14, 2017
NTIL now Aussies have had
to bring in secondhand
Mustangs from the US of
A, or perhaps some other
intermediate country. While there
were some imports by Ford Australia
back in the mid 60s then again in
2001, these were overpriced and the
local conversion to right-hand driver
should have been visually better,
though mechanically they were fine.
The Ford Mustang finally reached
Australia in full factory format in
2015 and has been a huge sales
success. Order one now and your
chances of getting it this year are
We couldn’t believe our luck when
we scored a road test of a Mustang
V8 GT for the two-week Christmas/
New Year period. Normally we only
get cars for one week, so this was
a real bonus. Even better it was
coloured in a brilliant red. (Thanks
also to whoever crashed the one we
should have been road testing for a
single week a few months back...)
Mustang comes as a coupe (called
Fastback by Ford) and convertible,
ours had the hardtop, maybe we can
score an open-top one next time.
Ideally in winter when the weather is
more suited to topdown motoring in
our home area on the Gold Coast.
Prices start at a ridiculously low
$45,990 for the Mustang EcoBoost
coupe with a manual gearbox. Ours
was an auto V8, at just $59,990.
Long bonnet, short tail, styling
geniuses at Ford came up with this
stunning theme way back in 1964.
There were some shockers in the
1970s and ‘80s before a return to
normality in the mid ‘90s. The current
model, released in 2014 takes us
right back to the styling genius stage.
Inside there’s a neat and simple
design for instruments and controls
that works beautifully.
Mustang is powered by either a
5.0-litre, twin-cam, four-valve V8 or a
2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The V8 has
had many upgrades in recent years,
with lessons learnt in developing
the special-edition 2012 Mustang
Boss 302. These let it breathe better,
especially at higher revs. The result
The 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol
engine reaches 233 kW and 432
Nm and isn’t to be sneezed at. So
far we’ve only tested it at the Ford
Proving Ground and it’s both quick
A six-speed manual gearbox or
a six-speed automatic with paddle
shifters can be specified. Ours
had the auto, to be honest this is
probably the pick of the pair for
real-life driving. Though we can
understand the purists who prefer a
There’s a nine-speaker radio in
there somewhere, can’t say we spent
much time listening to it. The big
Mustang was far more entertaining
from an audio perspective.
The 2017 Mustang has Ford’s
Sync 3 system with Apple Carplay,
Android Auto and Ford Applink 3.0.
It offers increased functionality and
responsiveness compared to the
system in the first MY2016 Sync 2
Mustang imports to Australia.
The high-resolution 8.0-inch colour
touchscreen is clear and easy to read
but it’s rather low on the central dash
and may cause driver inattention
for longer periods than we are
Huge tyres, big powerful Brembo
brakes, well-sorted suspension and
a very responsive V8 engine provide
not only great driving pleasure, but
also plenty of ability to stay out of
Should you, or someone else,
make a big mistake then you will be
pleased to know Ford Mustang has
received a five-star ANCAP rating.
The V8 sounds and feels exactly
the way a sporty V8 should. It’s lumpy
at idle, produces a nice snarl even
when you accelerate gently in traffic
conditions – and roars when you get
onto the open road and give it a bit
Is this the most enjoyable V8 I’ve
ever sat behind? Almost certainly
yes, okay Maseratis may sound even
better than this Ford, but have a look
at their price tag.
Snick the shifter down into Sport
and the Mustang isn’t happy at very
low speeds, surging and carrying
on and a real hassle to drive in a
carpark. Which is exactly the way it
should be – you want sport, you get
Throttle response from the
non-turbo engine is virtually
instantaneous and the engine is
happy to rev to the top of the scale,
the latter a major improvement on
V8s of old.
This is a big car, but it doesn’t feel
like it on the road, being quick in
the steering, providing reasonable
feedback through the electric steering
assistance and happy to hold the
road at big cornering speeds.
There are really only two seats
worth talking about as Mustang is
a 2+2 not a full four-seater if there’s
anyone other than kids in the back.
Seat support is good without
being full-on sports units. They
are adjustable for height, which
will probably please those who are
vertically challenged and intimidated
by a very long bonnet.
Boot space is good and the folding
rear seatbacks, while they don’t line
up particularly well when folded, do
give you plenty of luggage room for a
long week’s holiday.
The well-sorted suspension ironed
out some pretty ropey roads out
of town, while the Brembo brakes
were equal to the task of slowing the
1600 kg-plus coupe on coming up
behind slower road users. Steering
was weighted according to the pre-
selected driving mode.
Ford Mustang is ultra stylish, has
great performance and is dirt cheap.
It’s not exactly aimed at the shy and
retiring types, but anyone who enjoys
driving will love it.
Contact Davison Ford LMCT 6390,
corner Etiwanda Avenue and 15th
Street, phone 5021 5757 or visit
New Mustang looks exactly the
way it should — an excellent blast
from the past.
Mighty Mustang sounds
great, goes hard
Mighty Mustang sounds
great, goes hard
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