What is it?
Put simply, the Ford Mustang is a great way to stick out like a sore thumb. It’s big, it’s brash, and with a 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 under that long bonnet, it’s not what you’d call quiet, either.
And, for 2018, it has been facelifted. Well, facelifted is a fairly loose term here, as the changes to this sixth-generation Mustang - the first to be engineered with right-hand drive in mind - go largely unseen. So there’s a new-look face, but also now a digital speedometer, more safety equipment to help boost that disappointing two-star Euro NCAP safety rating, the option of a 10-speed automatic transmission and, perhaps most importantly, more power from that V8.
Thanks to the introduction of a new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, the Mustang now develops 444bhp at 7000rpm. By comparison, the original sixth-gen Mustang’s 5.0-litre V8 developed 410bhp. Torque remains the same, at 390lb ft from 4600rpm. Coupled with the gearbox, Ford claims it’s updated fastback is good for a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and 155mph.
Ford’s engineers have also worked to sharpen up the Mustang’s handling characteristics. The shock absorbers have been re-tuned for greater stability through the twisties, while a new cross-axis joint helps to stiffen up the rear suspension. An adaptive MagneRide damping system has also been made available, although it’ll set you back £1600.