2016 FORD MUSTANG GT (3)

The swaggering Mustang is a proper, barrel-chested muscle car that makes no apologies for being a big unit.

In our book, a muscle car deserves a muscular motor. Admittedly, Ford’s 2.3-litre turbo doesn’t compromise too much on performance, and it drinks considerably less juice, but we weren’t prepared to forego the traditional V8 thunder.
The 5.0-litre belts out more than 300kW and flares up nicely with a throttle stab. But fully-fuelled, the V8 Fastback tips the scales at a ton and three-quarters. It’s not scalpel-sharp but rather lumbers along with a carefree and slightly menacing gait. It’s certainly carefree with the fuel consumption, especially if you indulge in the masses of mid-range torque. By Ford’s own figures, it gargles fuel by the gallon but it does so very eloquently (without an exhaust upgrade) and the soundtrack adds to the sense of occasion.
As you know, the current Mustang has already received a mild mid-life facelift. In styling terms, it’s added some aggression to the front end but the tweaks have largely just enhanced a successful design. Seeing the chunky profile of our car’s predecessor reminds us how successful was the generation change.
Three years on, the Fastback’s feelgood factor remains high. The way it looks, sounds and goes regularly put a smile on your face regardless of what else is in the Garage.

Got one yourself? Share your new Mustang experience: keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz

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FORD MUSTANG GT

VARIANT Fastback 5.0

COLOUR Magnetic grey

UPHOLSTERY Ebony leather

ENGINE 4951cc V8

POWER 306kW (410bhp)

TORQUE 530Nm @ 4250rpm

TRANSMISSION 6-spd auto

0-100km/h 5.5 secs

WHEELS 19-inch Ebony alloys

LENGTH 4.78m

WEIGHT 1709kg

EMAIL keepers@kiwigarage.co.nz

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