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New ROUSH Mustang Unleased In South Africa With 710 HP (530 KW)

Ford’s facelift Mustang has arrived in South Africa and the ROUSH Performance local arm has wasted no time in getting their 2019 offering ready to hit the road.

Thanks to the relationship with Ford Performance and Roush Performance, you can now install a new state-of-the-art supercharger kit for the V8 2019 Mustang GT. This will boost performance to a very potent 710 hp (530 kW) and 845 Nm.

Roush also offers cosmetic enhancements (as you can see) and it is not limited to the V8 version either.

The tuner lists the following as benefits to the upgrade;

Each vehicle is uniquely serialised and reflected on the ROUSH international registry.
Each ROUSH Stage has its own M&M Code and individual book value.
Therefore all major banks will finance the upgrade value of your vehicle and insurance companies can insure the full value of the vehicle and upgrade.
ROUSH vehicles are fully supported by Ford Motor Company of South Africa.
Every ROUSH vehicle is built and certified with a Ford Accredited Level 3 Master Technician.
Each ROUSH vehicle is registered on the Ford “Service 2” warranty system.
Every ROUSH vehicle comes with an exclusive Ford Protect Drivetrain Warranty.

https://www.zero2turbo.com/2019/07/new-roush-mustang-unleased-in-south-africa-with-710-hp-530-kw.html

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529 kW (facelifted) Ford Mustang by Roush thunders into South Africa

The facelifted Ford Mustang is set to arrive in South Africa in the very near future, but local Roush distributor Performance Centre has already detailed its 529 kW upgrade for the Blue Oval brand’s famous pony car.

The 2019 Roush Stage 3 kit starts with Ford’s 331 kW naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 engine and adds a TVS 2650 supercharger. As a result of this forced induction, claims the tuner, peak outputs swell to 529 kW and 827 N.m. The Stage 3 package furthermore includes custom Roush-designed 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact Sport tyres.

Other core components of the kit are listed as various aerodynamic body elements (including a diffuser kit, front spoiler with wheel shrouds and a body-coloured rear spoiler), a high-flow upper grille (complete with the requisite “3” badge), bonnet vents, a side body scoop, decals along the flanks (plus graphics on the bonnet), “Roush” fender badges and a rear blackout panel (with yet more “Roush” signage).

Furthermore, the windscreen gains a special banner, while numbered plaques have been added to the engine bay and the cabin’s facia. Inside, you’ll also find Roush-branded floor mats, illuminated door-sill plates and leather seats, along with billet performance pedals.

Performance Centre says the Stage 3 conversion will cost you about R700 000 on top of the purchase price of the vehicle itself (which, in the case of the 5,0 GT Fastback 10AT, is R915 800). The package is backed by a three-year/ 60 000 km “limited drivetrain warranty”.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/529-kw-facelifted-ford-mustang-by-roush-thunders-into-south-africa/

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Special edition marks 55 years of the Ford Mustang

New Mustang 55 features bespoke styling elements, while regular 2.3-litre model receives a Shelby-inspired styling refresh

Ford is celebrating 55 years of Mustang production with a new special edition for Europe and a subtle styling update for the entry-level model.

The new Mustang 55 features the 5.0-litre V8 engine plus exclusive exterior styling elements and interior embellishments.

The special edition is available in fastback and convertible form and is marked out by black badging, racing stripes along its bonnet and sides, a black roof, black 19in alloy wheels and a two-tone black grille. Cars finished in black receive silver racing stripes. A rear spoiler is an option on both bodystyles.

Inside, the Mustang 55 features a bespoke gear knob, temperature-controlled front seats, a DAB radio, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and remote start and vehicle locator as standard.

Ford has also announced subtle styling revisions for the entry-level Mustang 2.3 Ecoboost, inspired by the high-performance Shelby GT350 and GT500 models.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/special-edition-marks-55-years-ford-mustang

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New Ford Mustang thunders into South Africa

Ford’s facelifted Mustang has taken its time getting to South Africa, but the perked up pony car has finally landed, flaunting sharper styling as well as stronger engines, new cabin tech and a halo flagship model called Bullitt.

As before it’s available in tin top Fastback as well as Convertible body formats and you can tell 2019 models apart by their more angular headlights and sharply sculpted front bumper, as well as their lower bonnets, restyled rear bumpers and 3D-effect taillights with sharper vertical ‘claws’. Depending on the model, Ford also offers new 19-inch wheels in multiple finishes.

As mentioned, Ford has added a ‘movie star’ to the range in the form of the limited edition Bullitt, which pays tribute to Steve McQueen’s legendary car chase in the 1968 movie Bullitt.

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The normal Mustang GT models also get an upgraded engine for 2019, now featuring direct injection, and in this case the 5.0 V8 is tuned to 331kW (up from 309kW) while peak torque matches the Bullitt at 529Nm.

And don’t look for a stick here Steve, the GT models instead get a new 10-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as standard, and the same applies to the revised 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbopetrol models. While the 2.3 has the same 213kW power output as before, it does have 11Nm more twisting force, now rated at 441Nm.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/new-ford-mustang-thunders-into-south-africa-30083370

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Refreshed Ford Mustang (including Bullitt) finally blasts into SA!

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).

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).

Pricing:

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

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/refreshed-ford-mustang-including-bullitt-finally-blasts-into-sa/
 

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Ford Mustang (2019) Launch Review

The updated Ford Mustang has now arrived in South Africa and we've had a chance to drive the newcomer. Also added to the mix is the fearsome Mustang Bullitt – a limited-edition muscle car that tugs at your heartstrings. Is the facelifted Ford Mustang worthy of your attention or should you seek your performance thrills elsewhere?

The Mustang is one of the world's most famous vehicle nameplates, an icon of the North American auto industry that's woven into popular culture. Ford's muscle car has been around since the Sixties, but it took some time to make its way to South Africa, at least in an official capacity... We had to wait until 2016 before the Mustang, in right-hand-drive guise, appeared on Mzansi's new vehicle price lists. Dripping in character and charm, the Mustang represents an emotional (and, for some buyers, a nostalgic) purchasing proposition and we can fully understand why petrolheads quickly snapped up the first consignment of units delivered to South Africa. A Mustang with a growling V8 under its "hood" represents a champion of the blue-collar brigade – "a working-class hero", to quote John Lennon. It had a few build-quality issues, but we were prepared to cut it some slack.

Now, for 2019, the Ford Mustang has been revised. As before, it's available as a "Fastback" coupe and convertible and powered by either a 2.3-litre Ecoboost or 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine. Now we've grown accustomed to its presence in our market, does it still enthral us in the way it did in 2016?

Verdict

It's sad, in a way, that we live in a world dominated by stats and data. The outright engine outputs and performance figures of the respective derivatives in the 2019 Mustang line-up are likely to be lambasted and derided by motoring enthusiasts who are traditionally fans of German performance- or sportscars. Granted, products that fall into the latter grouping are comparatively faster and more sophisticated, but they cannot match the magnetic charm and easygoing character of the Ford. There's nothing quite like it and the gentle rumble of the 5.0-litre V8 has such a magical ability to bring smiles to onlookers' faces. Its build quality and finishes still aren't great, but the range is competitively priced. It's a real challenge to dislike the Mustang because of the way it makes you feel. We're delighted it exists, even though muscle cars are on borrowed time.

Should you buy one? If you're looking for a new car priced under a million Rand that can effectively announce to the world that all your blood, sweat and tears have finally paid off, this would be it. The Mustang is one of a few cars equally adored by princes and paupers. Just go for broke and get the V8 for the most authentic Mustang experience, you won't regret it. It's not perfect, but we won't care. Any colour will do, as long as it's the V8.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/ford-mustang-2019-launch-review/47148/
 

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DRIVEN: Ford Mustang Convertible 2,3 EcoBoost 10AT

According to the Pythagoreans, the number 10 symbolised a new beginning. Ten can also represent a poisoned chalice – just ask the newest resident of 10 Downing Street... In the facelifted Ford Mustang, however, that number signifies a positive turn, as I recently found out at the muscle car's local launch.

Somewhat forced opening analogy aside, the new 10-speed transmission, which we've experienced in the Ranger Raptor and tweaked Everest, makes the most of Ford's 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine, which has seen a reduction in power output of 20 kW (blame revised European emissions testing procedures going into effect since this generation of the iconic Pony Car was first unveiled in 2014). Crucially, though, it gains 11 N.m. Coupled with the clever auto ‘box and an overboost function, Ford says there's been no discernible harm to performance. It's been a few years since I last drove a 2,3 EcoBoost but in terms of mid-range punch, that claim seems believable, even in the heavier Convertible version my driving partner and I exercised on the Little Karoo's fantastic roads.

The best Mustang is unquestionably the Fastback 5,0 V8 GT. At R915 800 – and assuming you can afford the fuel bill – it represents a compelling alternative to European options with four-cylinder turbopetrol engines, or their pricier six-cylinder range mates. However, I was once again pleasantly surprised by how eagerly the 2,3-litre turbopetrol shifts the heavy Convertible body, and it even sounds decent while doing so (although, of course, heavily synthesised). Thanks to the safety-system additions, plus that sophisticated new 10-speed automatic transmission keeping the engine on the boil, even in V8-less guise the iconic Mustang is as appealing as ever, and a far more interesting option than the more accomplished – but somewhat staid – Germans.

FAST FACTS

Model: Ford Mustang Convertible 2,3 EcoBoost 10AT
Price: R831 000
Engine: 2,3-litre, 4-cylinder, turbopetrol
Power: 213 kW @ 5 400 r/min
Torque: 441 N.m @ 3 000 r/min
0-100 km/h: 5,8 seconds
Top speed: 233 km/h
Fuel consumption: 10,0 L/100 km
CO2: 225 g/km
Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Service plan: Six-year/90 000 km

https://www.carmag.co.za/car-reviews/driving-impressions/driven-ford-mustang-convertible-23-ecoboost-10at/
 

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Driven: New Ford Mustang will set your heart on fire

1968 was a very interesting year for the Americans (of which I am, arguably, secretly one, if you look at the amount of cheese I add to my food).

Vietnam War protests were escalating, Hey Jude by The Beatles was trending, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Love Bug were the must-see films at the bioscope. We’ve come a long way since ‘68, but a few things haven’t changed - war protests are ongoing, Hey Jude still trends in my playlist, and Odyssey remains a go-to every few years.

Worth the money?

Pricing is keen, undercutting its competitors, and the Bullitt is one of the best-priced limited edition models we’ve seen in a while. It remains a good all-round package with sharper steering and a better ride, and the latest updates give it that quality bump that was severely lacking.

PRICES

2.3 Fastback auto - R768 000

2.3 Convertible auto - R831 000

5.0 GT Fastback auto - R915 800

5.0 GT Convertible auto - R978 400

Bullitt 5.0 GT Fastback manual - R995 400

All models come with Ford’s four-year/120 000km warranty and a six-year/90 000km service plan

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/driven-new-ford-mustang-will-set-your-heart-on-fire-30482168
 

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Roush unleashes 500 kW+ Stage 3 Kit for 2019 Mustang

Performance Centres in Centurion and Pietermaritzburg now offer a 529 kW/827 Nm Roush Stage 3 upgrade for the 2019 Ford Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback, replete with a number of mechanical and cosmetic upgrades and backed by a 3-year/60 000 km limited drivetrain warranty.

Performance Centre SA, US tuning firm Roush’s agent in South Africa, has offered several stages of upgrades for Mustang derivatives since 2016 – the year the Blue Oval’s muscle car was introduced in South Africa. Now, to coincide with the recent local introduction of the facelifted Mustang, Performance Centre SA has released details of its ultimate upgrade for the 5.0-litre V8 derivative, which produces 331 kW in standard form.

Although Performance Centre SA has not released pricing for the Stage 3 kit, the ultimate upgrade on pre-facelift Mustangs was stated at R700 000 (or thereabouts). Should you be interested in procuring the Roush Stage 3 upgrade or other enhancements, visit performancecentre.co.za.

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/roush-unleashes-500-kw-stage-3-kit-for-2019-mustang/47196/
 

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Near as dammit a bar for the top end model and they are still too cheap to bump it up to a maintenance plan....
 

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A buddy of mine sold the 1st Bullitt in SA last week. The car left their shop to go for a R1.3m performance upgrade at Shelby Malmesbury.
 

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Ford's new Pony driven: We take the upgraded Mustang for a spin

When Ford finally brought its current generation Mustang to South Africa two years ago, local car enthusiasts went crazy and it sold like hot cakes for almost two years - selling more than 60 units each month.

In fact, during the first few months, it surpassed 80 units per month.

The trend continued until it began to fizzle out only a few months ago, with a total of 2 642 units being sold in SA since 2016.

In June, Ford only managed to sell seven units of its "old stock", and then jumped to 36 in July, but that's because everyone knew the "new" the upgraded Pony was on the way.

The Mustang has been around for 55 years and has sold 9.8 million units since it was launched in 1965, making it the best-selling car in the US for 52 years.

Ford has also brought in the extremely limited edition Bullitt. The tribute movie car of Steve McQueen will only make its way to 50 very lucky South Africans.

The first batch of 25 has already been sold. Ford SA had two models available at launch, and motoring media were treated to a short little joyride, but more about that later.

Ford Mustang prices:

Mustang 2.3 Fastback 10AT - R768 000

Mustang 2.3 Convertible 10AT - R831 000

Mustang 5.0 GT Fastback 10AT - R915 800

Mustang 5.0 GT Convertible 10AT - R978 400

Mustang Bullitt 5.0 V8 GT Fastback 6MT - R995 400

All models come standard with Ford Protect, comprising a four-year or 120 000km comprehensive warranty, three-year/unlimited distance roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. A six-year or 90 000km service plan is included, with 15 000km service intervals.

https://www.wheels24.co.za/NewModels/fords-new-pony-driven-we-take-the-upgraded-mustang-for-a-spin-20190812

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