2018 Ford Mustang GT (Sixth Generation facelift)

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SA-spec Ford Mustang’s four-pot to be down on power?

A fresh report out of Australia suggests that the four-cylinder version of the facelifted Ford Mustang expected to arrive in South Africa in 2019 will be down on power compared with the current model.

Speaking to GoAuto, Carl Widmann, the Mustang’s chief engineer, confirmed that the 2,3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine had lost nine kilowatts compared with the pre-facelift version, cutting its peak power output from 233 kW to 224 kW.

Widmann explained that this would be the case only with models destined for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, thanks to a unique exhaust system for these markets.

“The exhaust system is unique on Australian units, South Africa and New Zealand – it’s a unique system on EcoBoost – we basically do one test and one test only on homologation, and because we’re so happy, because the paperwork is so simple, we just submit that report,” Widmann told GoAuto.

“And so that’s why from the old ‘15, (which) was done on the old European process, that’s why the numbers are different, it’s the same horsepower, it’s just test-to-test variation,” he added.

However, he revealed that the turbocharged four-cylinder’s maximum torque had gained a few extra units, taking it to 441 N.m. The report added that the updated model was expected to better the outgoing version’s claimed 0-100 km/h time of 5,8 seconds.

“On torque, what we did was we took the truncation out, so we upgraded the manual transmission in this model year … the 10-speed can now take more torque [compared with the outgoing six-speed auto], and we added overboost,” Widmann said.

“Those combined mean we actually deliver more torque in actuality across the line-up, so everybody’s torque went up by a measurable amount.

“That particular engine tested a little bit lower than what we did in this great homologation strategy and that’s why the horsepower number is different, but the torque is more because the calibration actually changed.

“Engine hardware is all the same throughout all the model years, except we’ve upgraded bearings and some other things no one will notice, so that’s the real scoop on why that is.”

For the record, the V8 engine in the facelifted Mustang gains 33 kW and 26 N.m for fresh headline figures of 339 kW and 556 N.m.

So, when will the fresh-faced ‘Stang arrive in South Africa? Well, in April 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa told us that it was unable to provide timing for the local introduction of the updated version of the Mustang, although it has since confirmed that the launch will not take place in 2018.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/sa-spec-ford-mustang-four-pot-to-be-down-on-power/
 

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SA-spec Ford Mustang’s four-pot to be down on power?

A fresh report out of Australia suggests that the four-cylinder version of the facelifted Ford Mustang expected to arrive in South Africa in 2019 will be down on power compared with the current model.

Speaking to GoAuto, Carl Widmann, the Mustang’s chief engineer, confirmed that the 2,3-litre, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine had lost nine kilowatts compared with the pre-facelift version, cutting its peak power output from 233 kW to 224 kW.

Widmann explained that this would be the case only with models destined for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, thanks to a unique exhaust system for these markets.

“The exhaust system is unique on Australian units, South Africa and New Zealand – it’s a unique system on EcoBoost – we basically do one test and one test only on homologation, and because we’re so happy, because the paperwork is so simple, we just submit that report,” Widmann told GoAuto.

“And so that’s why from the old ‘15, (which) was done on the old European process, that’s why the numbers are different, it’s the same horsepower, it’s just test-to-test variation,” he added.

However, he revealed that the turbocharged four-cylinder’s maximum torque had gained a few extra units, taking it to 441 N.m. The report added that the updated model was expected to better the outgoing version’s claimed 0-100 km/h time of 5,8 seconds.

“On torque, what we did was we took the truncation out, so we upgraded the manual transmission in this model year … the 10-speed can now take more torque [compared with the outgoing six-speed auto], and we added overboost,” Widmann said.

“Those combined mean we actually deliver more torque in actuality across the line-up, so everybody’s torque went up by a measurable amount.

“That particular engine tested a little bit lower than what we did in this great homologation strategy and that’s why the horsepower number is different, but the torque is more because the calibration actually changed.

“Engine hardware is all the same throughout all the model years, except we’ve upgraded bearings and some other things no one will notice, so that’s the real scoop on why that is.”

For the record, the V8 engine in the facelifted Mustang gains 33 kW and 26 N.m for fresh headline figures of 339 kW and 556 N.m.

So, when will the fresh-faced ‘Stang arrive in South Africa? Well, in April 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa told us that it was unable to provide timing for the local introduction of the updated version of the Mustang, although it has since confirmed that the launch will not take place in 2018.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/sa-spec-ford-mustang-four-pot-to-be-down-on-power/

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A good old straight pipe :) , but you lose your warranty.Thats why i rather buy older cars.Can do as you please.

Now we're talking:) but you can get a Shelby or Mountune pipe without voiding your warranty
 

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Kelly Blue Book review

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After trying to get any information about the estimated launch date - I was finally informed today that as per their Dealer Conference, they will not bring down the 2018 model until 2019 as they have overstocked on the old model - They bought out all the remaining stock at other markets that sell the RHD version of the Mustang and basically are going to shaft everyone in SA as they try to make a huge profit out of selling us a now defunct model...

Does anyone have any leads of importing vehicles from Austrailia?

Typical scumbag Ford SA modus operandi. When the RHD rollout of the 6th Gen occured SA got its cars at the same time as the UK & Australia.

The f/lift is already available in those two countries meanwhile Ford SA is holding back (not pulling out) to flog the now old model rather. Basically SA will the f/lift model some 6 months + vs other RHD markets.
 

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Typical scumbag Ford SA modus operandi. When the RHD rollout of the 6th Gen occured SA got its cars at the same time as the UK & Australia.

The f/lift is already available in those two countries meanwhile Ford SA is holding back (not pulling out) to flog the now old model rather. Basically SA will the f/lift model some 6 months + vs other RHD markets.

Hence all those R100k+ assistance FMCSA is offering on the stang then.
 

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Mustang Vs. Mustang: Ford's Performance Packages Tested - Cars.com

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Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost 2018 UK review

Should I buy one?

Even though it’s now available through official channels with a steering wheel on the correct side of the car, the Mustang remains the kind of car you’d probably own once, and enjoy enormously while you had an itch to scratch.

That being the case, it’d be a mistake only to half-commit and end up with this four-cylinder version, because it doesn’t conjure a driving experience of the same memorable and dramatic sense of occasion as the V8 does.

In terms of both its performance and its handling appeal, the Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost is good enough to pleasantly surprise those who do see fit to decline the bigger engine. I’m just not sure either are a good enough reason to do that.

Ford Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost specification

Where Feltham, Middlesex Price £36,645 On sale now Engine 4 cyls in line, 2261cc, turbocharged petrol Power 286bhp at 5600rpm Torque 325lb ft at 3000rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual Kerb weight 1662kg Top speed 145mph 0-62mph 5.8sec Fuel economy 31.4mpg (NEDC Combined) CO2 199g/km Rivals BMW 420i, Kia Stinger 2.0 T

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-revie...rives/ford-mustang-23-ecoboost-2018-uk-review

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I don't get this. The mustang is a muscle car Icon. You buy it for the muscle.

Now it has a 4 cylinder? So no Muscle, no v8 rumble. Terrible handling. This is a car with no use. Its a fancied up focus.
 

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I don't get this. The mustang is a muscle car Icon. You buy it for the muscle.

Now it has a 4 cylinder? So no Muscle, no v8 rumble. Terrible handling. This is a car with no use. Its a fancied up focus.
What do you define as muscle?
 

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I don't get this. The mustang is a muscle car Icon. You buy it for the muscle.

Now it has a 4 cylinder? So no Muscle, no v8 rumble. Terrible handling. This is a car with no use. Its a fancied up focus.

I agree with the first part but c'mon man "fancied up Focus"?

That proper trolling & you know it.

Current Stang has fokol to do with a Focus. Only (slight) argument you can make is that the 4-pot EcoBoost Stangs share it core motor with the lovely Focus RS.

And the reason for that is obvious.
 

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2018 Mustang or 2018 Challenger? Which is the right one for you? - Alex on Autos

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The freedom car: Ford builds 10 millionth Mustang

The Ford Mustang reached a major milestone on Wednesday as the 10 millionth vehicle, a white V8-powered GT convertible, rolled off the assembly line at a Michigan plant.

The car celebrated in American song and film, and recognised the world over as an iconic American cultural export, will get a big party at Ford's Michigan headquarters.

It's a turning point for the carmaker, which is banking on the Mustang's wide appeal to help it grow global market share.

US sales of the Mustang are dropping, but sales are accelerating overseas in markets such as China and Germany. The production of a right-hand-drive version of the latest generation also means that Mustang can now be sold in South Africa.

To celebrate the Mustang milestone, Ford is appealing to the sense of nostalgia for what is seen as the original "freedom vehicle" that exemplified Americans' love of the open road. After all, the car was named after a horse that roams free in the American West.

"I can think of no other American car that captures the love affair with the automobile that Americans have had... like the Mustang," automotive historian John Heitmann of the University of Dayton said.

"It is as American as one can have an American product."

'A freedom vehicle'

The Mustang once germinated an entire subgenre of cars.

From a technical standpoint, the original 1965 Mustang was not meant as a muscle car intended to attract performance junkies.

It was in fact one of the original so-called "pony cars" - a smaller, affordable, practical sibling of flashy sports cars intended to appeal to young professionals, including women.

But the Mustang became an icon almost from the start, in no small part thanks to marketing that would rival a modern-day iPhone launch.

It debuted in the spring, at the 1964 New York World's Fair, far before other companies announced their latest offerings in the autumn. It was hyped up in advance and motor industry journalists were on hand.

Automotive historian Bob Merlis, at the time a teenager, witnessed the World's Fair launch.

"It was almost like pandemonium. People were so excited about this car," Merlis said.

"It was sort of a counterpoint to the very square, staid station wagon ethos that Americans grew up with in suburbia," he recalled.

"It represented some kind of a freedom vehicle. It embodied that."

Wilson Pickett immortalised the car in "Mustang and Sally," a rhythm and blues classic of 1966.

Two years later, the American film star Steve McQueen drove a Mustang in the thriller "Bullitt" - cementing the car's cool factor.

It even captured the public imagination overseas, appearing in the 1966 Oscar-winning French film "A Man and a Woman" by Claude Lelouch.

Global draw

Ford has been playing up that nostalgic past. At this year's Detroit Motor Show, the company unveiled a new limited-edition Bullitt Mustang, along with McQueen's restored original.

For its celebration, Ford intends to highlight Mustang owners' loyalty to the brand by featuring the first Mustang ever purchased - still owned by the original purchaser.

Mustang owners also have been known to form clubs and restore older models.

"Our intent is to have all 54 years represented," Ford spokesman Jihan Cadiz told AFP. "For us, obviously it's a big day."

The Mustangs will parade from the company's headquarters in Dearborn, a Detroit suburb, to the Flat Rock plant where Mustang are assembled.

The celebration is part of a strategic decision by the company to focus heavily on the sporty icon.

Mustangs soon will be one of only two passenger cars from Ford - along with a crossover Focus - sold in North America. All other Ford offerings will be trucks and SUVs.

Ford sold only about 81 000 Mustangs in 2017, a mere 0.5 percent of the North American car market, according to Autodata. But Mustang sales are growing overseas.

Auto industry analyst Karl Brauer of Kelly Blue Book said Ford is banking on Mustang's pull as an American cultural symbol - even selling the vehicle well in places such as Germany, where there is a proud tradition of highly-engineered muscle cars.

"It sells extremely well globally," Brauer said. "So clearly, there's really a fan following."

Since Ford began exporting Mustangs in 2015, it has become the world's best-selling sports car.

The company also says the car is the best-selling coupe in China, which by 2025 is projected to have twice the share of the global car market compared to the US.

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A mustang with a 4 cylinder is as stupid as a jet plane with a prop. It was a muscle car now its a normal sedan.

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10-millionth Ford Mustang rolls off the assembly line

Ford says that production of its Mustang has now reached 10 million units, some 54 years after the very first example rolled off the assembly line.

The 10-millionth Mustang, which rolled off the production line at Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, is a facelifted sixth-generation GT V8 convertible equipped with a six-speed manual and finished in Wimbledon White (a hue no longer offered). The first Mustang (VIN 001) built back in 1964 was the same colour.

During its 54-year history, the Mustang has also been built in San Jose, Metuchen, and Dearborn.

“Mustang is the heart and soul of this company and a favourite around the world,” said Jim Farley, president of global markets for Ford Motor Company.

“I get the same thrill seeing a Mustang roll down a street in Detroit, London or Beijing that I felt when I bought my first car – a 1966 Mustang coupé that I drove across the country as a teenager. Mustang is a smile-maker in any language,” said Farley.

When will the fresh-faced ‘Stang arrive in South Africa? Well, in April 2018, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa told us that it was unable to provide timing for the local introduction of the updated version of the Mustang, although it has since confirmed that the launch will not take place in 2018.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news/the-10-millionth-ford-mustang-rolls-off-the-assembly-line/

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2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt – Review & Road Test - Kelley Blue Book

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