The sixth version of the pony car, introduced in 1964, was presented almost 10 years ago and came to Germany after its launch in the US in the summer of 2015. Ford has now presented its latest Mustang creation, which is also sold again in this country as a coupe and as a convertible. As the first Erlkönig images suggested, the designers followed the Mustang’s classic design language and developed it further, rather than daring to completely reinterpret the vehicle.
Based on the sixth generation, Mustang number seven left no stone unturned. Almost all body parts were redesigned and revised, resulting in a completely new car. In front, there is now a larger, more distinctive grill, which, depending on the equipment, is equipped with an additional air intake on the long bonnet. The headlights are also flatter and, with three integrated LED beams, also function as daytime running lights. Strong shoulders emphasize the sporty side view. The windows are larger than the predecessor to improve outward visibility. The rear is strongly reminiscent of the original 1964 Mustang. Broadly curved three-piece LED taillights complete the look. Depending on the equipment, a spoiler is mounted on the boot lid.
Ford curved display
The completely redesigned interior is less traditional. Here you will find a state-of-the-art interior with an XXL screen landscape that is slightly curved. It consists of a 12.4-inch instrument display and a 13.2-inch infotainment touchscreen. For the graphics on the screens, Ford uses an Unreal engine from the American computer game producer Epic Games. The displayed graphics look correspondingly clear and high resolution. Furthermore, the screens can be individually configured and adapted to the driver’s wishes. Smartphones can be integrated with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and updates are applied using over-the-air technology. However, Ford will not do without classic buttons in the new Mustang. There are still knobs and buttons on the steering wheel and below the air vents, such as the volume control. A handbrake is also traditionally located in the center console. When it comes to materials, Ford promises an improvement in quality over the previous model. The range of fabric and leather upholstery has also been increased and new color combinations are available.
490 hp in total
The familiar V8 engine remains as a drive option, but it has been further developed. The new 5.0-liter V8 engine will produce 490 hp (plus 40 hp) in the new Mustang and comes with dual exhaust pipes. The 2.3-liter Ecoboost with 300 hp will also remain in the range, increasing by 10 hp compared to the old version. A six-speed manual and a ten-speed automatic are available for the transmission. Driving modes “Normal”, “Sport”, “Slipery”, “Drag” and “Track” are always on board. The latter must be selected for drifting with, among other things, the electronically controlled handbrake lever. Ford reworked the Mustang’s steering for even more precise feedback. Larger brakes ensure better stopping power. Furthermore, all assistance systems such as a lane assistant or an adaptive cruise control are installed.
The market launch of the new Ford Mustang in the USA is planned for the summer of 2023. In Europe, the wild horse should then appear in the following autumn. The exact prices are not yet known.
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