The iconic Ford Mustang will go on sale in Europe, and in right-hand drive, it has been revealed
5 September 2012

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.

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6 September 2012

Absolutely chuffed that mainstream coupes are coming back - we're getting the Mustang, Toyota gave us the GT-86, and Mazda are hinting at a 6 coupe.

As much as I usually don't like Fords, this is an exciting prospect! A proper successor to the Capri too (which itself was intended to be a British Mustang!). If they can get the power and MPG balance right, it could be the right car at the right time!

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6 September 2012

Not with a 4 cylinder turbo it won't be.

 A mustang with no V8 is just a pointless barge.

 Can you imaging Ferrari fitting right hand drive versions of thier cars with weedy little engines? 

 

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6 September 2012

great news (apart from the missing V8) that we will finally get it in RHD form. I see a fair number about, so the potential market for a RHD version must be quite big.

Fuel economy shouldnt be a problem with either of the engines mentioned, i would imagine over 30 mpg should be available from both keeping the car out of the current silly tax area. Hopefully Chevy will add the V6 to the Camaro too along with RHD to give them a fight, and us more choice.

6 September 2012

No V8, and what will be 10 years too late.

This really grates if it is true. Mustang was my favourite car growing up and always wanted it in RHD and available in UK even if I couldnt afford one at the time. And now we get one based on a 10 yr car which wasnt advanced 10 years ago and no V8!

Sure the new V6 is great, but its never going to be a mass market car in the UK, no why not give the only people who are going to be interested the engine they want? 

This better not be true. Who does Ford USAs market research seriously?

6 September 2012

If you are in the UK/Europe surely one of the main reasons someone would buy a Mustang would be for the V8?

We have more than enough 6 cylinder performance coupies in Europe to choose from, that will do the job far better than a Mustang.

If it's only going to be the 4 cylinder engine then you'd be far better off just getting a Focus ST.

 

6 September 2012

What a pointless way for Ford to lose more money.

Sure, there will be those that always wanted a Mustang - but will they buy a watered-down version? And after they've all bought their dream, who else will buy one?

Smells of desparation to me.

6 September 2012

Has it taken the US car industry?,i'm sure it's longer than i'm old(now!, no jokes), be interesting to see if they get it right,because in Britain we have corner, bends etc.

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6 September 2012

I couldn't disagree with (most) people more.  Ford need to be able to shift the Mustang in large enough numbers to make it viable, and they're never going to do that with only V6 and V8 engines.  The V8 in particular will only find handfuls of customers, whereas a four cylinder turbo is likely to feature on a lot of shopping lists (at the right price).  I do object to them not offering the V8 at all though - we should have the choice.

I'm rather surprised that they've decided to factor in RHD now, 10 years down the line.  If they'd have done it back then they would have given themselves far greater potential for recouping the development costs.

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