The new Ford Mustang will be priced from $56,990 when it lands in New Zealand later this year, some six months after the official 50th birthday of the famous badge.
Ford NZ has released prices and specifications as its parent in Detroit counts down to the Mustang’s ‘golden’ anniversary next month. For the first time in the car’s history it is being built in both left- and right-hand drive.
Five rear-drive Mustang variants will go on sale in NZ:
- 2.3-litre Ecoboost Fastback automatic $56,990
- 2.3-litre Ecoboost Fastback convertible automatic $61,990
- 5.0-litre GT Fastback manual $71,990
- 5.0-litre GT Fastback automatic $71,990
- 5.0-litre GT convertible automatic $76,990
The 2.3-litre engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder unit currently available as an option in the Falcon line-up. It is also used in the Range Rover Evoque. The new go-fast Ford Focus RS will also get it.
In the Mustang, says Ford, it will generate 233kW at 5600-5700rpm and 434Nm at 3000rpm. It is available only with a six-speed automatic gearbox, in this case with a manual mode. Fuel tank capacity is 59 litres and recommended fuel is 91-octane.
The premium 5.0-litre V8 is good for 303kW at 6500rpm and 525Nm at 4250rpm and comes with the option of the automatic or a six-speed manual. Ford recommends 98-octane unleaded. The V8 gets a 61-litre fuel tank.
Both the 2.3-litre and 5.0-litre models share the same 12.2m turning circle. Both have vented anti-lock disc brakes all round, with four-piston fixed aluminium calipers up front and single-piston floating iron units at the rear. The front brakes in the V8 are bigger than those of the four-cylinder car.
All Mustangs will come with up-to-date everything, including what Ford calls ‘MyKey’, a parental lock of sorts. It enables mum or dad to pre-programme the Mustang so teenage son or daughter can’t turn up the stereo full bore and do ‘wheelies’, for example.
Standard safety equipment includes a rear view camera, technology that wouldn’t have entered the heads of engineers working on the original Mustang in the early 1960s. Same with the new car’s keypad security system and the six-way powered driver seat.