After 50 years of being an iconic American muscle car, Ford have finally brought the Mustang to India. The magical formula of a massive engine in the front, powering the rear wheels and two doors bolted on to a coupe has always been a favourite among passionate enthusiasts the world over – right from growing kids to the stars of Hollywood – the Mustang has created quite an impression for itself. Affectionately called the pony car, it is built to take on the competition, like the Dodge Challenger and Chevy Camaro, as our Ford Mustang review further reveals…
The Ford Mustang is undoubtedly a muscle car, the first time you look at it. The wide honeycomb grills has the galloping pony it, and the slim headlamps look properly modern. That muscular bonnet is a clear hint at what lies underneath it. Overall, the sloping silhouette is more supercar like than ever before. At the rear, the triple-bar tail lamps are signature Mustang details. Look closer, and you’ll notice that the Mustang is wide and sits squat to the ground. All in all, a beautiful shape, this.
Inside the car, the cockpit has more of a retro design theme. We particularly like the aviation styled toggle switches. And there is space for two more occupants at the rear, but with very limited legroom of course. The seats at the front are comfortable and supportive and come with six-way power adjustment. There are a host of features on offer, like Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system with voice command and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, heated and cooled leather seats, dual-zone climate control and ambient lighting. Our favourite feature however, is the ‘Electronic Line Lock’, which has the rear wheels execute a burnout for a drag-strip-like launch.
A dab on the start button reveals a deep burble, not a loud rumble like on older Mustangs. It’s a lovely sound; one that’s also sure not to wake up the neighbourhood, until of course, you give it the beans! Under the huge bonnet lies a 5.0-litre V8 that makes 396bhp and 515Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is a 6-speed automatic transmission. It also gets four driving modes: Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet. The engine is impressively responsive, but it’s the acceleration that’s a hoot. Put your foot down, and the Mustang surges ahead, with your head pushed back in the headrest. The sixth-generation Mustang also gets all-independent suspension, which is sure to aid handling to some extent. The steering has the right amount of weight to it, with pretty good feedback as well, while retardation duties are handled by disc brakes all around. However, around corners, there is a bit of body roll.
Priced at ₹ 65 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) and as our Mustang car review clearly states, the Mustang is perhaps the only V8 powered machine you can buy, without having to cross the 1-crore-rupee mark. This is car that will be adored for its heritage and its name. Buyers aren’t looking at slaying other supercars or going around corners as accurately as a Lotus. The Mustang is more for muscle car sticklers; it’s for chaps who couldn’t buy it a long time ago in India, but finally have the dough to splurge without a second thought.
Do look out for our in-depth Ford Mustang review to find out more.