After 50 years of production, the Ford Mustang will go on sale across Europe in 2015 and the first Euro-spec model arrived today at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Developed as a global model, the 2015 Mustang will be available in Europe in fastback and convertible versions, both retaining key design elements of the classic Mustangs.
The new Mustang comes with key design features such as a low roof height and wide stance, sleep profile, 3D tri-bar taillamps and a contemporary execution of the well-known signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia. In Europe, the 2015 Mustang will be available with a 5.0-liter V8 engine producing 418 hp and 524 Nm of torque.
Still, the most popular choice will be the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost petrol engine that generates 314 hp and 434 Nm of torque. Both engine versions offer performance brake packages found behind the 19-inch wheels. Ford’s new Mustang will arrive with a significant number of innovative technologies and the vehicle will be among first in Europe to offer the SYNC2.
This advanced infotainment system features an 8-inch colour touchscreen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible smartphones.
New Ford Mustang rides on all-new front and rear suspension systems. Up front, the axle system features a new perimeter subframe that could stiffen the front structure while reducing mass. This allows for a more predictable wheel control and ultimately results to greater degrees of steering, handling and ride.
The new double ball-joint MacPherson strut system on the front allows the Mustang to employ large, powerful brakes. In Europe, performance brake packages lurk behind standard 19-inch rims of the both 2.3‑liter EcoBoost model and V8-powered GT Mustang.
On the rear, the Mustang employs an all-new integral-link independent suspension while geometry, dampers, bushings and springs were modified and tuned to match the high-performance nature of the pony car. These elements were also modified to suit European roads and high speed driving culture in this region. The rear suspension system also employs new aluminum rear knuckles to reduce unsprung mass, thereby enhancing both ride and handling.
On the other hand, the new Ford Mustang is loaded with an array of number of groundbreaking technologies that deliver enhanced control and information as well as connectivity as needed. A driver just needs to tap the toggle switches on the console to any of the available Selectable Drive Modes, thereby adjust engine response and steering effort as well as transmission and electronic stability control settings.
Ford tuned the advanced stability control to optimize the dynamic capabilities of the new Mustang with certain elements like torque vectoring, which could channel power to certain wheels to keep the pony car on its trail. Meanwhile, the Mustang GT with manual transmission variants comes with standard launch control that allows for seamless, consistent starts.