What is it?
The new Ford Mustang, which we’re driving here in Europe for the first time. Sometimes, you understand what a car will be like before you drive it. The new Mustang is one of those.
Yes, it’s new, yes it has independent rear suspension for the first time on a Mustang and yes, because it’s a global car that’ll also be made in right-hand drive, it has been tweaked and tuned all over the world to make it a better vehicle - one to suit all tastes.
But still, it’s a 5.0-litre V8 coupé with 2+2 seating, rear-wheel drive, a six-speed manual gearbox and a limited-slip differential, and the whole caboodle was envisioned primarily in the US. It’s going to drive in a certain way, right?
Right. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing, you understand. What was once crude American muscle is actually rather tidy these days. The previous-generation Mustang was a likeable thing and the latest Chevrolet Camaro, perhaps because much of it was designed by Holden, feels a great deal more sophisticated than it once would have.
I’m expecting the new Mustang to feel more sophisticated than those, but with that inherent muscly character still bulging through. And that’s how it turns out.