Review: New Ford Mustang – the same but with a different face

Three years after its premiere, the latest generation of Ford Mustang got facelifting. While you can have mixed feelings when looking at the photos, the car presents itself phenomenally in real life.

The publication of his first photos after facelifting caused similar emotions as in the case of refreshing Skoda Octavia. However, after a closer look, the changes do not seem so bad, and Mustang now looks a bit more serious and adult. In real life the car looks very good, especially in bright Orange Fury colour.

But Facelifting isn’t just about front new headlights and a new bumper. The car has been slightly lowered, it has been given a wider range of lacquers and rim patterns. In the GT version, at the rear there are proudly four pipes with completely new and much louder exhaust system. We still have all the details that we love about this car – timeless lines, numerous ribbons, a black blend of rear lights and a powerful diffuser and splitter on the front in the top version.

There have been many changes in the interior, both visible at first glance and slightly smaller. The largest is the display instead of traditional clocks separated by a small screen. It makes a great impression and is incredibly readable. Depending on the current driving mode, it has different patterns and focuses on other informations.

When operating it, we will set all the most important things in the car. Here you can change the volume of the active exhaust system, customize the information you want to display, configure Launch Control, or choose the backlight colour of the clocks as you like.

The quality has also changed. Materials are now better fitted and made of higher quality plastics, and a much more friendly SYNC3 entertainment system has been launched in the central console.

When configuring the new Mustang we have a choice of two types of seats. First, there are the usual Ford Mondeo-looking leather seats, but they can be equipped with electric adjustment, heating and even ventilation. The second is the Recaro Bucket Chair, which not only looks fabulous, but also provides excellent side holding. However, their disadvantage is their functionality, because they are always manually adjustable and there is no possibility of equipping them with heating or ventilation.

The range of units available on the European market has not changed. We still have two engines to choose from – the 2.3-litre EcoBoost and the 5-litre V8 for the GT version. However, they both underwent some modifications that adapted Mustang to current standards and requirements. The 3.7-litre V6 engine has disappeared from the US market and is not expected to return.

The good news is that the top variant with the V8 engine is stronger. The drive unit now generates 450 PS at 7000 rpm, 29 PS more than the pre facelift version. The maximum torque has not changed and is 529 Nm at 4600 rpm.

As far as the basic EcoBoost version is concerned, it has lost some of its power – it now generates 290 PS and 440 Nm. This loss is as much as 27 PS, but it did not translate into a drop in performance; on the contrary, the car is now faster.

All thanks to the new 10-speed Selectshift automatic transmission. This innovative construction is shocking with its speed of shifting and undetectable operation. It also achieves much better acceleration times than conventional 6-speed manual transmissions or previous automatic transmission.

In the top GT version with a Fastback body, it can shoot Mustang from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.3 seconds, a staggering figure. It’s worth adding that the roofless version takes 0.2 seconds longer, but I have to admit it’s a unique experience.

If you decide on a basic version with an EcoBoost engine, you cannot say that you are getting a slow car. With the Selectshift transmission, Mustang accelerates from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.5 seconds, approx. 0.3 seconds faster than with a manual transmission. The selection of the Cabrio version extends the time by 0.2 seconds in both cases.

Engine Capacity Power Gearbox Body 0 – 62 mph Top Speed
2.3 EcoBoost 2261 cc 290 PS / 440 Nm 6-Speed Manual Fastback 5,8 s 145 mph
Cabriolet 6,0 s
10-Speed Automatic Fastback 5,5 s
Cabriolet 5,7 s
5.0 GT 5038 cc 450 PS / 529 Nm 6-Speed Manual Fastback 4,6 s 155 mph
Cabriolet 4,8 s
10-Speed Automatic Fastback 4,3 s
Cabriolet 4,5 s

When it comes to driving, it’s the same car we’ve seen in the last three years. Mustang is conducted quite harshly, but in a European style. When you turn off traction control, it wakes up a small monster that wants to kill you in the first corner, but that’s what it’s all about.

Mustang is a very special car, and now it is also able to emphasize its uniqueness with a stunning sound, without having to modify the exhaust system with a non-original set at its own expense. By setting the Track Mode, Mustang becomes a completely different car, whose roar can be heard from hundreds of yards.

The price list of the new Ford Mustang starts at $26,120, choosing the 2.3 EcoBoost engine, and the version with 5-litre V8 is an expense of $35,355. The surcharge for the automatic transmission is $1,595 extra, and if you want to get rid of a permanent roof and listen to the symphony of exhaust even more deeply, you have to pay another $5,500.

Text: Michał Śniadek
Photos: Michał Śniadek, Ford Polska

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