Ford’s decision to build right-hand-drive Mustangs almost certainly means that Ford Australia’s designers and engineers will be involved in the development of the 51st-year model.
Why? Because Mustang’s traditional live rear axle will be dropped for the new model in favour of an independent suspension, something that Ford Australia and its fully owned go-fast arm Ford Performance Vehicles has specialised in with rear-drive Falcon-based models like the FPV GT.
Also, Ford Australia has pushed for more of a global role for the supercharged 5.0-litre Coyote V8 that FPV developed with its former partner, British-based Prodrive.
But Falcon is no more after next year and FPV needs a long-term project. That’s where the 2015 Mustang comes in.
FPV would not only help with the sports coupe’s development, its supercharged 335kW/570Nm Coyote V8 would end up under the standard Mustang bonnet as the premium global engine, thereby helping to shore up FPV’s future.
A smaller four-cylinder Ecoboost engine – now optional in the Falcon range – is likely to be available globally in the Mustang.
The current standard US Mustang comes with either a 227kW 3.7-litre V6 or 331kW 5-litre V8 engine.
The flagship Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang runs a 5.8-litre supercharged V8 delivering 494kW at 6500rpm and 845Nm at 4000rpm to the rear wheels via a six-speed Tremec manual gearbox.
Around 530Nm is available from 1000rpm and 760Nm from between 2200-5800rpm.