A Mustang for everyone, but not electrified. The Blue Oval believes and invests in the battery-powered breakthrough to the point that it already offers a zero-emission version of its best-selling car, the F-150 pick-up, which is called Lightning and which weighs almost 2,800 kg when empty when it is electric. But the popular pony car, star of films and already sold in 10.3 million units, remains thermal even in this seventh generation, at least for the moment, that is, at the presentation, on the sidelines of the Detroit Motor Show, which brought a procession to the city of a thousand Mustangs.
Ford executives, explains Jim Owen, Mustang brand manager, are not only the first customers, but also among those who contribute to its evolution. The CEO himself, Jim Farley, drives her on the track, at least when his work commitments allow him. The new Mustang winks at the youngest drivers, the Millennials and Centennials, after having built their fortunes thanks to those born immediately after the Second World War, the Boomers. The technological paraphernalia that is managed through the infotainment system (which benefits from a 13.2 ” screen that makes up a single surface with the 12.4 ” one reserved for the driver) whose functions derive from gaming has been developed to be appreciated by those who know how to handle tablets and computers well. Even the interiors, even more refined and sophisticated, also from a chromatic point of view (even the seat belts are colored), have been developed with these customers in mind. While remaining masculine, the new Mustang is more conciliatory and aesthetically more elegant: it seems impossible not to want to get behind the wheel of a convertible.
The manufacturer has chosen to distinguish the more powerful version, the GT, from the more composed version equipped with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost (which will not be imported into Europe). The engine of the GT is the updated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 shown as “the most powerful series production” ever made by Ford for this model. The undeclared cavalry should exceed 480, more than the 450 of the current Mustang.
Ford presented it in the evening in Detroit (in the middle of the night in Italy), after the closing of the first day of the show reserved for the media. And it did so with a double surprise: revealing a new high-performance brand dedicated to the Mustang, the Dark Horse, and anticipating with Bill Ford, the executive president, that with this model it would return to both racing (GT3, GT4 and NASCAR). both at the 24h of Le Mans. A 5.4-liter V8 is planned for the GT3 racing variant, while the road version will be fitted with a 5.0-liter 500 hp.
The differences between the variants are not on the measures (which Dearborn do not say): the proportions are also substantially the same as the outgoing model. The front of the EcoBoost and the GT are clearly distinguished by some elements among which the design of the headlights and the air intake on the hood of the second are the most evident, while at the rear the EcoBoost has single side exhausts against the two double ones of the sister. more powerful. The Dark Horse is characterized by the exclusive Blue Ember metallic color, as well as by the new dark logo and the standard Performance pack which includes “Italian” solutions such as Brembo brakes and Pirelli PZero PZ4 tires and much more, including the parking brake. electronic with functions that can be superimposed on those of a mechanic to enhance the passion of drifting.
Ford has been producing the Mustang continuously for 58 years, which has been the best-selling sports coupe in the world for 7 years. Its roar has accompanied the dreams of millions of people in the United States for sure. In the first year of marketing, 7,500 units were to be built, but in the first day alone, Ford had collected 22,000 orders.