What is it?
Put plainly, it’s the low fat, skimmed-milk version of the Ford Mustang; a car that’s as synonymous with V8 engines as Donald Trump is with ridiculous haircuts and Oompa Loompa-inspired fake tans.
However, the key role the V8 plays in forming the Mustang’s identity hasn’t stopped Ford from offering its iconic pony car with a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder Ecoboost engine. It’s the same power plant that was available when the sixth-generation Ford Mustang first came on sale back in 2015, and despite the fact that it’s closely related to the engine found in the ballistic Focus RS, at the time it never really won us over on the charm front.
Now, we’re sampling it in the new 2018 Mustang, paired here with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox. Along with that newly-available transmission, the facelift brings with it a number of subtle tweaks intended to broaden the ‘Stangs appeal.
There’s a greater focus on safety, with features such as pre-collision assist, pedestrian detection and lane-departure warning all being fitted to help boost the 2015 car’s two-star Euro NCAP safety rating, while a digital instrument cluster adds a more modern twist to the interior.
The chassis has been fettled, too, with revised dampers improving the Mustang’s surefootedness, while the rear suspension has been stiffened up courtesy of a new cross-axis joint. Those willing to part with £1600 can also spec an adaptive MagneRide damping system for the first time.