Ford has finally bowed to demands from UK enthusiasts and will engineer a right-hand-drive version of the next-generation Ford Mustang pony car. The announcement comes as Ford reveals an expanded line-up, including the Ford Ecosport and Ford Edge.
The model will add a two-door sporty model to Ford’s range, which it has lacked since Ford dropped the Cougar a decade ago.
Currently in development, the new Mustang is said to be based on a much-modified version of the S197 rear-drive platform that’s underpinned the muscle car since 2005.
The styling will retain the strong fastback flavour of the two recent Mustangs, although the dimensions are tipped to tighten a little, which should suit British roads better.
A large part of the project will be to re-engineer the platform to accept right-hand drive, likely to entail re-positioning key componentry from the engine bay and front axle to package the new steering rack and steering column.
Ford is also understood to be equipping the next-gen Mustang with an independently suspended rear axle; prototypes have been spied running the tech in testing.
Although it evaluated an independent axle when it re-launched the Mustang, Ford opted for a traditional live-axle in production. The justification was the live-axle worked better for tuners and drag-racers. However, since then competitors like the Chevy Camaro and Chrysler Challenger have appeared with independent rear ends.
The British Mustang is also likely to miss out on the archetypal musclecar engine — a throbbing 302 cu in (5.0-litre) V8. Instead it’s tipped to be powered by a 300bhp-plus 3.7-litre V6 or a 250bhp four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost, most likely of two-litre capacity.