Mustang breaks the $100K barrier

Riley Riley

Ford’s Mustang tops the $100,000 barrier with the arrival of the new, seventh generation Pony car.

The latest Mustang will be available in three models when it gets here next year: EcoBoost, GT — and all-new Dark Horse.

Prices start from $64,990 for the EcoBoost fastback, with an auto and turbo four-pot.

The 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder model offers 232kW of power at 5500 rpm and 475Nm of torque from 3000 rpm and is paired with a 10-speed automatic.

Next up is the V8-powered GT manual and auto, priced from $77,002 and $80,902 respectively, and dishing up 347kW at 7250 rpm and 550Nm from 4850 rpm.

The convertible with the same engine is available as an auto only and priced from $86,752.

The big drawcard however is the V8 Dark Horse fastback, available with a manual or auto and priced from $99,102 and $103,002.

There’s also plenty of options and option packs from which to choose.

A special edition limited to 1000 units, Dark Horse is the first new Mustang performance nameplate in 21 years and will be available with a unique Tremec six-speed manual that features a 3-D printed, titanium shift knob.

“We are thrilled to bring the new seventh-generation Ford Mustang to Australia,” Ford’s Andrew Birkic said.

“The Mustang has always been a favourite among Australian drivers, and the new model takes the experience to a whole new level.

“It’s sure to make owners smile every time they drive it.

“We are confident that the new Mustang will be a hit with Australian drivers.

“The car’s improved performance, handling, and the addition of the Mustang Dark Horse special edition make it a great choice for anyone looking for an exhilarating driving experience.” 

The seventh generation has a completely reworked interior and modern chiselled looks which Ford hopes will appeal to a broader range of customers.

Its low, horizontal brow emphasises the overall width of the car, while the upper grille shape is influenced by the original 1960s design.

A sleek roofline and broad sprinting stance are also true to the authentic proportions of the first generation, while the widened rear haunches emphasise power.

LED headlights continue Mustang’s classic lighting signature.

Paired with a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, the fourth generation Coyote 5.0-litre V8 has been revised with dual 80mm throttle bodies and air inlets which work together to maximise power.

A dual-fuel delivery system works to deliver high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure port fuel injection, increasing low-end torque and high-rpm power.

The updated 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission, including Select Shift capability and paddle shifters.

Updates include a revised exhaust manifold, revised twin-scroll, low-inertia turbocharger with electronic wastegate, revised camshaft timing and integrated air-induction system.

Importantly, it delivers increased low-end torque and high-rpm power by using port injection for low engine speed and direct-injection for high-rpm operation.

All models feature an active exhaust system with dial up volume.

Controlled via the steering wheel or centre-stack touchscreen, drivers can select from four modes: Normal, Sport, Track and a Quiet mode.

A special team of Ford engineers, designers and experts worked for more than three years to create Dark Horse, a street-and track-capable performance Mustang with striking visual cues and the capability sports car lovers expect.

In Dark Horse the 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine out an exhilarating 349kW8 and 548Nm.

New Mustang is available for purchase at Ford dealerships across Australia, with first customer arrivals scheduled for Q2 2024.


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