It’s a genuine head turner, guaranteed to attract attention anywhere you go. It’s instantly recognizable and marks return of the modern muscle car to Australia.
The Mustang line-up is very simple. There are two body styles, the Fastback and the Convertible, and two engines, a 2.3-litre four cylinder EcoBoost or the 5.0-litre V8.
While the V8 technically qualifies as a muscle car, this is actually the EcoBoost and by definition, therefore a Pony Car.
They look almost identical with this large sloping bonnet, automatic HID headlights, rain sensing wipers, strong bold lines down the side, flaring out at the hips – the design certainly pays homage to its history and the original ‘Stangs from 50 years ago.
Around the back, that distinctive Mustang shape, with vertical LED tail lights…
This is visually how you can tell the two apart – the EcoBoost has a pony badge, while the GT has a GT badge.
Rear cargo space is 324-litres which is really decent considering it’s a four seat convertible but there are no split fold seats in the Mustang and no ski port either.
There’s enough room in the back for two adults, if the driver and passenger can give a little bit of leeway it makes a big difference.
Inside, it’s the same story as the exterior – all variants are identical in their specification and fairly well kitted out.
Eight inch colour touchscreen, with Ford’s Sync 2 system for things like voice activated calling, there’s Bluetooth integration and you can hook your iPod up and listen to the music via the 9 speaker sound system.
The cup holders are in a terrible spot, it’s not so bad in the automatic, but in the manual, they’re right in the way.
Its obvious straight away that this is a lot quieter than the V8 – it doesn’t have that audible presence.
The drop top only comes with a six-speed automatic transmission while the fastback also has the option of a six-speed manual.
Whether the roof is on or off, there’s noticeable shimmying through the windscreen over bumps – making the rear view mirror shake too.
The turning circle is a bit of a shocker, more than 12-metres and it feels it.
If money weren’t an option, I’d take the V8 convertible in dark grey – what ford call Magnetic – or the fabulously bright Triple Yellow.
However, you’d save thousands up front by opting for the EcoBoost, as well as the ongoing savings on petrol and it’s an enjoyable thing to drive.
The Mustang is all about the look and its presence on the road – it almost doesn’t matter what’s under the bonnet.