The facelifted Ford Mustang range has finally arrived in South Africa, with the local line-up led by the limited-edition Bullitt.
Of course, we’ve already brought you pricing for the updated range, which now comprises five variants (including the aforementioned Bullitt, of which just 50 examples – down slightly from the initially reported figure of 55 – have been set aside).
The Mustang is again offered locally in both fastback and convertible body styles and with a choice of updated 2,3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost (213 kW/441 N.m) and naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 (331 kW/529 N.m) engines, each mated to a new ten-speed automatic transmission.
The Bullitt, though, employs a six-speed manual gearbox and a bit more power from its V8 heart (at 338 kW). This special model is furthermore offered in exclusive Dark Highland Green or Shadow Black exterior paint.
In the broader range, three new metallic hues (Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Velocity Blue) have been added, while newly designed 19-inch alloys are offered in multiple finishes depending on the model (with Luster Nickel-painted forged aluminium items on the short list of options).
Inside, Ford promises a “more premium feel”, with soft-touch materials used on the door linings and an aluminium finish applied to the interior door handles. Leather-trimmed (heated and cooled) seats are offered up front, along with six-way power adjustment. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment software is run through the centrally sited eight-inch touchscreen, which is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (and also features navigation).
Under the skin, the Blue Oval brand says it has “further optimised” the Mustang’s driving behaviour thanks to recalibrated shock absorbers, a stiffened rear suspension arrangement and thicker anti-roll bars. Interestingly, Ford has included a range of driver assistance technologies, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control (plus distance alert), lane departure warning and lane keeping aid.
The below pricing includes a four-year/120 000 km warranty and a six-year/90 000 km service plan (with intervals of 15 000 km).
Ford Mustang 2,3 Fastback 10AT: R768 000
Ford Mustang 2,3 Convertible 10AT: R831 000
Ford Mustang 5,0 GT Fastback 10AT: R915 800
Ford Mustang 5,0 GT Convertible 10AT: R978 400
Ford Mustang Bullitt 5,0 V8 GT Fastback 6MT: R995 400