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Ford’s inbound American hot rod handles British roads well enough, nevertheless leaves tyre marks across your imagination either way The acid test for the brand new Ford Mustang: our first chance to find out how well which copes with life on UK roads.In a left-hand-drive, German-registered V8-form, admittedly, given which the very first right-hand-drive examples are not expected inside country, direct by production at Flat Rock, Michigan, until later which year. There will also be a 2.3-litre EcoBoost edition of the Mustang available too.So we’ll have to wait to assess the thoroughness of Ford’s first-ever factory right-hand-drive conversion for the iconic American muscle car. Right-hand drive also imposes a slightly different engine specification than left-hook Mustangs get. Switching the steering rack to the additional side of the auto means fitting a different exhaust manifold for the 5.0-litre all-aluminium lump, trimming peak power to 410bhp.‘Just’ 410bhp, then, nevertheless for less than £34k (note the cheeky £1000 cost increase which Ford of Britain has imposed on the full-house V8 GT since our earlier reviews). Still, which sounds like outstanding bang-for-your-British-buck to us. nevertheless what else does your money buy?A warm, genuine, effusive in addition to enormously likeable thing to drive. Predictably quick, too, although not quite the hot hatchback slayer some may be expecting. in addition to undoubtedly an outstanding driver’s car of a sort, nevertheless still emphatically not a sports car – even after Ford’s latest chassis reinvention.The Mustang conducts itself well enough on British roads, nevertheless its size in addition to heft – in addition to ride in addition to handling which’s still lacking in dexterity in addition to precision compared to the best sub-£40k sports cars – make which a car best sampled at a relatively relaxed pace.the auto’s all-independent suspension will be alleged to have halved its propensity to squat over its rear wheels under power, to dive under braking in addition to to heave over lumps in addition to bumps. which may be true in as much as the auto’s Centeng movements are shorter of wavelength in addition to better controlled than we’re used to by American refugee hotrods. nevertheless you can still feel the full effect of the auto’s 1720kg inside its ride, its dampers checking its mass heavy-handedly once the road surface calls for which in addition to producing the chassis feel unexpectedly firm on a B-road in addition to at urban speeds.Handling will be decently poised in addition to very engaging. There’s a moderate amount of feedback in evidence through a steering system which can be adjusted to your own preference on weight in addition to which feels fluent enough inside less aggressive settings. Lateral grip levels aren’t huge, despite the 19in rims which the auto rolls on, nevertheless you get dependable feel as which bleeds away by both axles in addition to Great balance in addition to adjustability when cornering. Those minded to take advantage of nearly 400lb ft at the rear wheels will find which the stability control can be fully disengaged in addition to which the auto takes attitude quite progressively under power. which’s plenty of fun, then.nevertheless guiding a perfect line through a bend will never be the Mustang’s crowning glory. which comes instead by the tuneful old-school V8 engine, whose power will be simply delicious to pour onto the road, like warm maple syrup onto pancakes.Wind which up in addition to the auto will be quicker than most rivals at the money; our preliminary road test figures suggest 5.0sec to 60mph in addition to under 12 seconds to 100mph. nevertheless which’s more enjoyable still just bowling along in touring mode, burbling enigmatically by 2500 to 4000rpm in addition to producing ordinary pace extraordinarily special. the auto’s manual gearchange will be short in addition to heavy in addition to a bit under-defined through its narrow shift gate, perhaps, nevertheless still lovely to row back in addition to forth.in addition to, of course, the cabin will be a four-seater with decent passenger space, folding back seatbacks in addition to a Great-sized boot.The casually interested would likely recognise which which’s probably twice as desirable as the Holden Monaro which Vauxhall imported to Britain a decade ago, nevertheless which features a similar anti-aspirational, working-class hero appeal about which. in addition to if everyone who bought a Monaro invests in a Mustang, Ford’s order books will be kept full for a while.the auto’s not an alternative to a Great European sports car; its enduring American brief has long been for something more usable, more powerful, more robust in addition to longer-legged than which – in addition to, inevitably, less delicate.nevertheless less rewarding? Not necessarily. Whatever humps your camel, man.
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