It is a story that has been rolling since 1964. Sacred icon of the automobile and queen of the “pony cars”, the Ford Mustang officially passes to the seventh generation of the model. On the occasion of a 2022 Detroit show as shunned by automakers as our Paris Motor Show, Ford is showing the latest version of its affordable sports car for the first time. Indeed, it is a completely new version and not a simple restyling, although the car retains the sixth generation platform launched on the market in 2015 (and officially imported to Europe, remember). Fortunately, the latter had already had time to evolve in depth on a mechanical level, in particular by getting rid of the antediluvian rigid rear axle.
So what’s new in the new seventh generation Mustang? At first glance, nothing revolutionary: the car shows a completely new style, but the spirit does not change too much compared to the previous version. We especially highlight a muscular rear end with quite impressive curves behind the doors. Depending on whether you choose the small or large engine, this design will differ at the front with a specific grille and bumper openings, as well as a hood scoop for the V8 version. Because yes, the Mustang retains its 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8 under the hood (and a manual transmission for those who don’t want the automatic transmission).
The entry-level variant keeps the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder already available on the previous version, but the midrange V6 is gone. It will therefore be a four-cylinder turbo or naturally aspirated V8, with power levels that Ford promises higher than those of the outgoing model. As a reminder, the previous Mustang claimed 310 and 460 horsepower respectively in the United States in these two versions. In its Dark Horse variant optimized for track driving, this Mustang V8 will claim around 500 horsepower. No doubt waiting for Shelby to offer a new supercharged GT500 version, knowing that the previous one already produced 760 horsepower…
Inside of an electric car
Do you like both piston engines and the big screens of modern electric cars? Good news, the Ford Mustang combines precisely these two elements. Inside, the new Mustang looks nothing like the cars in its lineage but more like one of these modern electrified cars. There are two large screens (the left one is optional), the 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 13.2-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Using the Amazon Alexa interface, this on-board computer is powered by Unreal Engine 3D, a graphics system that gamers know well for its power and speed. And the car now includes optional driving aids such as adaptive cruise control and reverse assist with emergency braking.
In an entirely different genre, this new Mustang offers an optional Performance Package that adds large Brembo brakes (390mm front and 355mm rear) plus a Torsen limited-slip differential, wider tires and a sway bar. reinforcement under the hood. Those who want to go even further in dynamic efficiency can opt for the MagneRide controlled damping. And there are more amazing gadgets, too: Active Pothole Mitigation, in particular, which allows the suspensions to anticipate the crash when the car’s sensors detect a bump in the road. And even a special parking brake, which activates the rear wheels to help novice drivers drift.
It only remains to wait for the confirmation of the marketing of this new Mustang in Europe. It should arrive, but only in its V8 version, as has already happened with the previous generation in recent years.
#Ford #Mustang #electric