2014 Ford Mustang - First UK And European Details & Specs

What's this about a new Mustang, then?

Previous Mustangs haven't found their way to Europe unless you've orchestrated the process yourself. Believe it or not, demand for a gas-guzzling V8 muscle car is pretty low when you're paying a fortune for petrol.

This one though is different, and Ford has seen fit to make it a global car.

Anything new?

The entire car, and indeed the nameplate itself for most Europeans.

The Mustang is possibly Ford's most famous model though, and comfortably the most important car it'll launch next year. Styling carries cues of Mustangs of old but Ford has done a good job of dragging it kicking and screaming into the 21st century - the oversized grille, narrow headlights and slim glasshouse are all bang up-to-date.

2014 Ford Mustang driving

It's all new under the skin, too. Most previous 'Stangs featured what's known as a live rear axle - a solid rear axle where the differential, driveshafts and wheels all move as a single unit. Great for drag racing but not necessarily for handling. Now, there's independent suspension at the rear - much better suited for twisty European roads.

What powers it?

A hulking great 5-litre V8 with 426 horsepower. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

But wait, there's another engine too - a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine under Ford's 'EcoBoost' banner. This, we suspect, will be the big seller in Europe - it's likely to have much better fuel consumption (and therefore tax) figures while still providing over 300 horses.

Either way, the Mustang is sure to maintain its straight-line-thriller reputation.

Anything else?

Plenty of technical advancements have crept into Ford's pony car. As well as a six-speed, paddle-shift automatic gearbox option for the above powerplants, the 'Stang also has adjustable drive modes - letting you pick the way the steering, throttle, gearbox and stability control behave.

2014 Ford Mustang interior

The stability control itself features torque vectoring - feeding power precisely between the two rear wheels - and manual-transmission Mustangs will have a launch control function for proper drag-racing starts.

Will it cost me a fortune?

This we do not know, just yet.

It's fair to assume it'll be more expensive here than in the U.S. - where current Mustangs start at a frankly ludicrous 13,500 or so - but hopefully Ford will see fit to make it a bit of a performance bargain. If it comes in at Nissan 370Z money, expect to see plenty of them about.

Any alternatives?

Oddly, yes - Chevrolet already sells its Camaro in the UK, albeit in left-hand-drive format. One of those will set you back around 35,000, which makes us hope Ford will undercut it somewhat on price.

Then there's that 370Z, available from 26,995 these days since Nissan's hefty price-slashing a few months back. With 323 horsepower it'll be right in the EcoBoost Mustang's sights - but the Nissan is getting on a bit these days so the American offering may well be the more sophisticated of the two.

2014 Ford Mustang rear

In a line?

American muscle gets a dose of European sophistication.

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