Ford to offer a right-hand-drive version of the next-generation Mustang

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 11, 2012

Ford Motor Co. hears the clamor in the UK to design a right-hand-drive version of the next-generation Ford Mustang pony car. Ford is making this announcement as it presents a beefed-up range, which includes the Ford Ecosport and Ford Edge. Ford will develop a two-door sporty model to add to Ford’s range.

Ford had not filled the segment ever since it discontinued the Cougar about ten years ago. The new Mustang, which is currently being developed, is based on a heavily revised version of the S197 rear-drive platform that has been used on the muscle car since 2005. With regards to styling, the model will keep the bold fastback flavor of the two new Mustangs. However, the dimensions are expected to be smaller in order to be better suited to the roads in the UK.

A major phase of the project is to re-engineer the platform to accept right-hand drive, which will probably have a re-positioning key componentry from the engine bay and front axle for the package related to the new steering rack and steering column. Ford is also giving the next-gen Mustang with an independently suspended rear axle. Spy images of several prototypes while it was testing had been released.

Even if Ford assessed an independent axle during the relaunch of the Mustang, Ford chose a traditional live-axle in production. The move was justified especially that the live-axle performed well for tuners and drag-racers. But then, the competitors like the Chevy Camaro and Chrysler Challenger have appeared with independent rear ends.

The British Mustang is also likely to miss out on the archetypal musclecar engine — a throbbing 302 cu in (5.0-litre) V8. Rather, it’s likely to be equipped with a 300bhp-plus 3.7-litre V6 or a 250bhp four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost, most likely of two-litre capacity.

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