Ford Australia has confirmed it will introduce a two-tier Mustang line-up – likely from the second half of 2015 – offering coupe and convertible versions of the flagship GT V8 and an entry variant powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
The Mustang’s EcoBoost engine will produce 231kW of power and 433Nm of torque, which the car maker says represents the highest power density of any Ford engine in history.
The third engine – a naturally aspirated 3.7-litre V6 with outputs of 224kW and 379Nm – will be the base engine in the US but won’t be offered in Australia.
Each engine will be available with the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters and rev-matching on downshifts.
Earlier fears that the sixth-generation Mustang was set to pack on the pounds appear to have been unfounded.
The lightest variant in the new line-up, the EcoBoost auto fastback, tips the scales at 1598kg – about 13kg more than the lightest variant in the old line-up, the V6 manual. The EcoBoost manual will marginally heavier, with a kerb weight of 1602kg. The Mustang GT manual weighs in at 1681kg, while the auto version is roughly 10kg heavier. Convertible models are believed to be approximately 60kg heavier than their equivalent coupes.
The 2.3- and 5.0-litre Mustangs headed to our shores will feature fully independent rear suspension for the first time, a new strut front suspension that allows for bigger brakes, a torque vectoring system with individual wheel braking to help the Mustang around corners, and a limited-slip differential. The GT will also come with launch control and a ‘burnout’ function dubbed electronic line-lock.
Earlier this week, CarAdvice’s spy photographers captured a prototype of the high-performance Ford Mustang ‘SVT’ undergoing high-speed testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. The new extreme variant is the successor to the current Shelby GT500, which produces 494kW and 844Nm from its supercharged 5.8-litre V8 and accelerates from 0-100km/h in under 4.0 seconds.