“As soon as Ford announced Mustang was coming to Australia, our phones started ringing. A few customers even made deposits before pricing and specifications were confirmed. I’ve never seen anything quite like it,” said Bayford Group Victoria dealer principal David Blackwood.
The sharper-than-expected opening gambit for the EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo-powered Fastback version is $44,990 plus on-roads, while the V8 version will cost from $54,990. Convertible versions will command $6500 premiums.
Despite the focus in part being on the entry car’s price, the “unprecedented” early demand for Ford’s newest pony car is instead being driven by the flagship GT Fastback automatic with the 5.0-litre V8 engine option. About 42 per cent of orders are for this iteration, Ford says.
In time, though, Ford expects the make-up to shift.
“Just like in America, we are seeing great early demand for the V8 GT models,” said Ford Australia president and CEO Graeme Whickman. “But, we think the EcoBoost model will be a bigger seller longer term and help sustain sales longer than most performance cars…”
Ford says that several Mustang enthusiasts, including members of the various state-based Mustang clubs, have ordered more than one variant of the famous car. One customer has six orders to his name while a sports car rental company has placed an order for 20.
Australian customers overwhelmingly have favoured Race Red as the most popular colour choice, followed up Absolute Black and Magnetic.
Ford also confirmed the Performance Pack will come standard for all Mustang models. This package includes “K Brace” under the bonnet to secure the suspension strut towers to the bulkhead, unique chassis tuning, an upsized rear sway bar on the Fastback and heavy duty front springs. All variants also get a rear limited-slip differential.
2015 Ford Mustang details
233 kW / 432 Nm 2.3-litre GTDi EcoBoost engine
Aluminium block and heads with integrated exhaust manifold
DOHC, four valves per cylinder, Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing
Twin scroll turbocharger
Balance Shaft for smooth operation
6-speed Getrag manual transmission (standard)
6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters (optional)
Rear-drive with Limited Slip Differential
Suspension – front; Double ball-joint independent MacPherson strut and tubular stabiliser bar
Suspension – rear; Integral-link independent with coil springs, solid stabiliser bar and twin-tube dampers (2.3-litre EcoBoost)
Brakes; Four-wheel power disc brakes with four-sensor, four channel anti-lock braking system and AdvanceTrac™ Dynamic Stability Control
Brakes – front; 352 x 32 mm ventilated discs, four-piston 46 mm fixed aluminium calipers (2.3-litre EcoBoost)
Brakes – rear; 330 x 25 mm ventilated discs, single-piston 45 mm floating iron calipers, integral parking brake
Steering – Electric power-assisted steering with rack-and-pinion gear