The new Ford Mustang (2023) is anything but electric

It’s a story that has been going on since 1964. A sacred automobile icon and queen of “ponies”, the Ford Mustang officially passes into the seventh generation of the model. On the occasion of a Detroit 2022 show as shunned by automakers as our Paris National Auto Show, Ford is showing for the first time the latest iteration of its affordable sports car. It is in fact a totally new version and not a simple restyling, although the car maintains the sixth generation platform launched on the market in 2015 (and officially imported to Europe, remember). Fortunately, the latter already had time to evolve in depth at the mechanical level, in particular, eliminating the antediluvian rigid rear axle.

On the left, the four-cylinder version, on the right, the V8 version. They are distinguished by their grip on the hood and grille design.

So what’s new in the new seventh-generation Mustang? At first glance, nothing revolutionary: the car has a completely new style, but the spirit doesn’t change much from the previous version. We especially notice a rear that is muscular with pretty impressive curves behind the doors. Depending on whether you choose the small or large engine, this design will differ on the front with a specific grille and bumper vents, as well as an air intake on the hood for the V8 version. Why yes, the Mustang keeps its 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8 under the hood (and a manual transmission for those who don’t want the automatic).

The design improves a little compared to the old version, but there is no revolution
The design improves a little compared to the old version, but there is no revolution

The entry-level variant retains the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo already available on the old version, but the mid-range V6 disappears. It will therefore be a turbocharged four-cylinder or naturally aspirated V8, with power levels that Ford promises are higher than those of the outgoing model. As a reminder, the earlier Mustang claimed 310 and 460 horsepower, respectively, in the United States in these two versions. In its circuit-optimized Dark Horse variant, this V8 Mustang will claim around 500 horsepower. No doubt waiting for Shelby to offer a new supercharged GT500 version, knowing that the old one already produced 760 horsepower…

At launch, the Dark Horse version will be the most powerful with its 500 horsepower V8
At launch, the Dark Horse version will be the most powerful with its 500 horsepower V8

An electric car interior

Are you as fond of piston engines as you are of the big screens of modern electric cars? Good news, the Ford Mustang precisely combines these two elements. Inside, the new Mustang looks nothing like the cars of its lineage, but one of those modern electrified cars. There are two large screens (the left is optional), the 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 13.2-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Using the Amazon Alexa interface, this on-board computer runs on the Unreal Engine 3D, a graphics system that video game players know well for its power and speed. And the car now includes optional steering aids such as adaptive cruise control or reverse assistant with emergency braking.

It looks like an electric car with all these screens!
It looks like an electric car with all these screens!

In a completely different genre, this new Mustang offers an optional Performance package adding large Brembo brakes (390mm at the front and 355mm at the rear), plus a Torsen limited-slip differential, wider tires and an under-hood support bar. . Those who want to go even further in dynamic efficiency can opt for MagneRide controlled damping. And then there are more incredible gadgets too: Active Pothole Mitigation, in particular, which allows the suspensions to anticipate shock when the car’s sensors detect a pothole in the road. And even a special handbrake, operating the rear wheels to help novice drivers drift.

Yes, the Mustang will still be able to smoke its rear tires...
Yes, the Mustang will still be able to smoke its rear tires…

It remains to wait for confirmation of the marketing of this new Mustang in Europe. It should come, but only in its V8 version, as has happened with the previous generation in recent years.

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