By now you would’ve heard that Ford South Africa are bringing the legendary Mustang to our shores, and by the time you read this, it should have already arrived at top-tier dealerships.
Pricing for the American stallion has recently been released, too and puts the formidable muscle car in quite a competitive segment of ‘entry-level’ fast cars ranging from hot hatches all the way to rear-engined German sports cars.
It’ll cost you R699 900 (before any options) to get your bum into the junior ‘Stang, which features Ford’s new 2.3 Ecoboost engine putting out 233kW and a healthy 450Nm. If you’re an observant petrol head, you’ll know that this is the same engine that will be purring in the eagerly anticipated Focus RS due in 2016.
For the (South African) range-topping 5.0 Ti-VCT, with 306kW and 530Nm, you can expect to fork out R899 900 to own your very own piece of V8 ‘Murican Muscle.
Unfortunately for the die-hard fans of the Blue Oval hoping for the GT350, it seems we’re all on Santa’s naughty list as Ford have no plans to bring the best Mustang to Africa. According to inside reports, it is simply too expensive to manufacture the Shelby brute in right hand drive format. Boo!
My initial feeling is that the 2.3 Ecoboost engine will be the best pick value for money & for the fun-factor however, some stiff competition in the form of BMW’s M135i, Golf R, Audi S3 or even a 1-year old Porsche Cayman S, could deter the true enthusiast. That being said, the 5.0 V8 Mustang will surely be a lot of fun to tinker with and provided you have the cash, you should be able to give it that additional power it so readily deserves.
I’m sure however, that the sheer marketability of the historic Mustang brand will be enough on its own to see the range sell well across SA. And of course, if I manage to get my grubby paws on a test vehicle, I will be sure to give a detailed review here soon.