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by David Zalstein

It’s hard to miss isn’t it? Say hello to our new CarAdvice long-termer: the 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback.

Finished in Triple Yellow, our new Ford Mustang is priced from $57,490 (before on-road costs).

Teaming the standard six-speed manual transmission with Ford’s naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine, the bright yellow ‘Stang – internally dubbed ‘Old Yeller’ – sends 306kW of power and 530Nm of torque (at 6500rpm and 4250rpm, respectively) to the rear wheels.

Claiming to drink 13.1 litres of 98-octane premium unleaded fuel every 100km, the 1701kg (tare), 4784mm-long Mustang also needs 12.2 metres (kerb-to-kerb) to turn around and should be able to hustle from a standstill to 100km/h in a touch under five seconds.

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Key attributes we’re excited about are the car’s limited-slip rear differential, independent rear suspension, and six-piston Brembo front calipers. However, the flagship model’s dual chrome-tipped exhaust, 19-inch ‘Ebony Black’ alloy wheels, 5.0-litre front fender badges, and rear ‘GT’ badge are nice touches.

Standard equipment includes keyless entry and a push-button start, automatic daytime running lights, HID headlights and LED tail-lights, front fog lights, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, a rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors with Pony-logo puddle lights, and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

Heated and cooled six-way power-adjustable leather-accented seats – with manual back rest adjustment for driver and front passenger and electric lumbar adjustment for drivers – are also included, along with aluminium sports pedals, illuminated ‘Mustang’ scuff plates, and tyre pressure monitoring.

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We’re keen to have a play with the 2017 Mustang’s recently updated 8.0-inch central touchscreen infotainment system with satellite navigation, Sync 3, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while also ‘testing out’ the car’s nine-speaker stereo with Bluetooth phone connectivity and audio streaming.

Equipped with dual front, side, and curtain airbags, the Ford Mustang further gets knee airbags for both driver and front passenger, and its two 50:50 split-fold rear seats are both ISOFIX-compatible.

That said, the car’s two-star ANCAP safety rating is an issue – for some more than others – but crashing a Mustang is definitely one thing we’re keen to avoid.

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With us for the next three months, the plan is to break down our simulated ownership experience into five more reports, covering office-wide first impressions, the car’s daily driving abilities, its on-track prowess, how it handles a road trip, and lastly, a farewell – where we will share our final thoughts on the car and give our final ratings.

If you have any questions about the new Mustang, or want us to look into anything specific, let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll do our best to chase things up.

Click on the Photos tab above for more 2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback images by Tom Fraser and Chris Clewer.


2017 Ford Mustang GT Fastback

  • Date acquired: March 2017
  • Price: $57,490 (before on-road costs)
  • Engine: 5.0-litre V8 petrol
  • Power: 306kW at 6500rpm
  • Torque: 530Nm at 4250rpm
  • Transmission: six-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • Manufacturer claimed fuel consumption: 13.1L/100km
  • Weight: 1701kg (tare mass)
  • Seating: four
  • Boot space: 383 litres
  • Country of origin: USA
  • Odometer reading: 3835km

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