All-new Ford Mustang steps up in tech and performance

Ford once again sounds a wake-up call for sports car enthusiasts around the world with the introduction of the all-new Ford Mustang. Claimed as the most exhilarating and visceral Mustang yet, the seventh generation model brings a “fighter jet-inspired” digital cockpit, updated turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally aspirated V8 engines, and an edgier yet muscular exterior design.

With the introduction of the new Mustang, Ford Australia will add an exciting new special edition nameplate to the Mustang stable, Dark Horse. Designed as a street and track-capable performance Mustang with striking visual cues and increased capability, the Mustang Dark Horse will boast sinister looks and a specially modified 5.0-litre V8. Further specifications and information will be released closer to local launch.

The seventh generation Mustang adds modern chiseled looks to its heritage-inspired design, which sets out to appeal to the broadest Mustang customer mindset yet.

Each model in the Mustang lineup carries its own unique front end. GT is differentiated from EcoBoost models by larger, more aggressive grill openings, engineered to allow increased airflow to cool the V8 engine, reflecting the increase in power and performance. The car’s aerodynamics are optimised further with the addition of new bonnet vents and redesigned front splitter. At the rear, an extended rear spoiler module houses new crisp signature tri-bar lighting and redesigned diffuser for improved aerodynamic balance.

Like before, the Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine. The fourth-generation 5.0-litre is claimed to deliver the most naturally aspirated horsepower of any Mustang GT.

Ford has saved the manual transmission for a new generation and the 5.0-litre V8 continues to offer a six-speed manual transmission for purist who want an uncompromised connection to eight-cylinder power. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission is also available.

Drivers who desire better fuel efficiency can opt for the EcoBoost model, powered by an updated, four-cylinder turbocharged 2.3-litre powertrain.

For the first time, Mustang GT with the manual transmission includes standard rev-matching that helps hold engine RPM when the clutch is engaged to retain peak torque between manual gear changes.

In terms of safety, the new Mustang is available with Ford’s next-generation Driver Assistance Technologies, including speed sign recognition, Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control – with stop-and-go functionality on automatic transmission equipped variants, Lane Centering Assist, Evasive Steer Assist and Reverse Brake Assist.

The all-new Mustang goes on sale in Australia in late 2023 and is assembled at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Flat Rock, Michigan in the United States. Full specification and pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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