It was said to be electric, or hybrid in the best of cases. Yet it was with a big new generation 5-litre V8 engine that the Ford Mustang made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show. The CEO, Jim Farley, took the opportunity to recall the brand’s commitment to thermal engines “Ford, however, is accelerating its combustion engine growth plan, adding connected technologies and hybrid options to its most profitable and popular cars, in addition to investing $50 billion in electric vehicles through 2026″ This therefore does not mean that hybrid versions or electric will not be added in the future.
Muscle and the big screen
The Mustang retains the muscular shoulders and characteristic profile of previous models. The rear face is seen slightly refined while the front adopts a more angular look, and a little less aggressive than on the now old model. For the first time, the different versions will be recognizable at first glance, the GT (with V8 engine therefore) adopting a more airy and muscular front end than the other models.
On board, the changes are much more marked, with the adoption of a wide band taking up the digital instrumentation and the connected multimedia. An essential element to please Millennials and Generation Z according to the manufacturer, which however insists on the fact that the cockpit remains focused on driving and performance. And of course the technological equipment takes a leap forward with recognition of speed signs, intelligent adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function, lane centering assistance or even reverse braking assistance.
More dynamic than ever
In addition to its new V8, the seventh Mustang of the name is wanted sportier than ever, notably offering six driving modes including a Drag Mode for cannon starts. The choice is always left between the ten-speed automatic transmission and the six-speed manual, with Rev-Matching, allowing you to always be at the optimum engine speed for reminders.
And for those who want to go further – on the circuit in this case – a new Dark Horse version is available. It includes a V8, aero and steering optimized for track use. This model receives the Performance Package directly, thereby integrating an improved and lighter cooling system, as well as a limited slip differential at the rear, in addition to larger diameter anti-roll bars and reinforced suspensions. Finally, the Mustang Dark Horse will also allow you to try your hand at drifting with, in particular, a “performance electronic handbrake”, designed “both for novice pilots who want to learn and improve their drifting skills and for expert pilots who have a competition-ready system.
We do not yet know when (or if) these V8 Mustangs will arrive in Europe.