The Ford Mustang may be seen as an all-American muscle car, but since the first generation’s initial release in 1964, it has grown to be loved by drivers and enthusiasts all across the world. The UK and other right-hand drive markets finally got to enjoy the Mustang in all its glory with the release of the sixth generation model in 2015, with multiple special editions and variants being released since. One of which is the Mach 1 – with the sixth generation being based on the original Mach 1 from the 1960s. It features Shelby engine components and multiple design changes over the standard Mustang, harking back to its predecessors.
The Mustang is offered in the UK with two different engine options; a 2.3L Turbocharged Ecoboost engine, similar to the one found in the Focus RS, and a beefier 5.0L naturally aspirated V8, which follows the more traditional offerings for the Mustang. The Ecoboost block does a great job of offering performance while achieving an impressive 35mpg on the combined cycle, whereas the V8 is the more “muscle” of the two and as many people feel, is more in line with what the Mustang was originally meant for. It produces a healthy power figure of 410bhp and a 0-62 time of just 4.8 seconds, which, for a car that weighs in at over 1.6 tonnes is quite an achievement. Ford also offer a convertible option as they have done with previous Mustang models – allowing the driver and passengers to enjoy the roar of the V8 even further.
The interior has been modernised with a large infotainment screen in the centre console and a refresh of the overall design, with more premium materials used in comparison to previous generations. A big selling point of the Mustang was the ability to combine the v8 engine with a short-throw manual gearbox, completing Ford’s throwback to the early Mustangs in the 60’s and 70’s. A 6-speed automatic gearbox is also offered; however, these are harder to find on the used market, with most customers opting for the manual transmission.
The latest generation Mustang combines retro styling that harks back subtly to the well-loved muscle cars of the past, while introducing Ford’s modern safety features and tech. With two engine options, as well as the adaptation for right-hand drive, the Mustang appeals to a wide range of consumers and brings it, quite literally, to an all-new audience.