Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Driver Review
By now, we’re hoping you’ve seen our new Mustang, which has been revived for right-hand driving. The much-admired and envied American muscle car is finally available in Europe.
Motoring editor Andy Russell from Derbyshire Life had a drive in our new Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT, and we’re happy to say that he had a great time.
Take a look at his driver review here:
Ever since I saw Steve McQueen in a Ford Mustang, chasing through San Francisco, in 1968 movie Bullitt, I’ve wanted to drive this automotive icon.
Now available with right-hand drive, the muscular, macho Mustang Fastback (there’s also a convertible) looks fantastic from any angle, from the shark bite nose to the sculpted rear shoulders with those triple slash back lights.
The big seller is the 416PS 5.0-litre petrol GT with its thunderous V8 note (there’s also a 317PS 2.3-litre, four-cylinder turbo petrol EcoBoost), and you’re blown away by the V8’s effortless, low-down grunt and as much pulling power on the road as it has for passers-by.
The six-speed manual’s clutch pedal gives your leg a workout but the shift is slick and precise. You can still have fun with the six-speed automatic’s paddle shifts and it boosts the V8’s economy.
It’s a big car, especially on small roads, and that is the limiting factor rather than the handling. If you think American cars are only good in a straight line, think again.
This Mustang goes round corners very well indeed, with good steering feel and body control and plenty of grip and traction thanks to the standard limited slip differential to get the power through the rear wheels effectively. Steering feel and levels of traction and stability control can be adjusted to suit driving style. The ride is firm, not unpleasantly hard, which makes for comfortable cruising.
Long doors give good access to the two rear seats, if you move the front ones forward, but leg and headroom in the back is limited. The Fastback’s 408-litre boot has decent access and enough space for a useful load of luggage with careful packing.
The dashboard is pure Mustang – traditional but modern – with deeply recessed dials and ‘eyebrows’ on top to the fascia. Controls are logical but some, such as one to change the drive modes – Normal, Sport+, Track and Wet/Snow - seem to be positioned better for left-hand drive.
The cabin has an upmarket ambience that belies the Mustang’s price, with a quality look and feel to the fascia and controls.
The Mustang is a lot of car for the money with attractive standard equipment. Combine modern Ford technology with more than 50 years of Mustang heritage, add right-hand drive and no wonder so many people want the must-have Mustang.
Find Out More…
To learn more about the new Ford Mustang, including models and prices, find your local TC Harrison Ford dealershi