Leading the charge for Ford at the Detroit Motor Show is the 2005 version of the iconic Mustang. Now in its 40th year, the latest incarnation is a real return to form for the original ‘Pony’ car.
Mixing ancient and modern, the stylish four-seat coupé was sired by last year’s stunning concept car and features numerous design cues from the Mustang’s ’60s glory days (see picture), such as the familiar grille shape with inset spotlamps, sculpted C-scoops in the flanks, a rakish fastback shape and three-piece tail lights. A wide, muscular stance and short overhangs add a touch of modernity.
The Mustang will be available in two distinct models when it goes on sale in the US in the autumn. Prices start at ‘less than $20,000’, equating to £11,300 for the Mustang V6 with cloth bucket seats, 16in alloys and a new 202bhp 4.0-litre overhead-cam V6. The range-topping Mustang GT gains 17in alloys, front fogs, leather trim, a discreet rear spoiler and V8 power from the ubiquitous Ford all-alloy 4.6, with 24-valve heads and variable cam timing boosting power by 40bhp to 300bhp. Both versions are available with either Tremec five-speed manual or a new five-speed auto driving the rear wheels.