American icon has muscled into view
LINING up for a pony ride has never been so popular.
The new Ford Mustang, the iconic American muscle car, was unveiled at Auction Auto-group last night to a waiting crowd of fans.
Sales manager Scott Kennedy described the interest in the new Mustang as "bloody sensational".
"We've already sold five and we're taking orders for more now," he said. "We've had incredible interest."
Finished in racing yellow, the chiselled left-hand drive V8-powered Mustang hardtop took centre stage ahead of the Australian derivatives, which are forecast to arrive by October.
The variant on show will start from $54,990, whereas base-model offerings will start from $44,990.
Scott said that they had their first order for a "black manual" even before Ford Australia had released the specifications and prices of the new line.
Early interest has shown that the five litre V8 hardtop seems to be generating the most excitement among buyers but the four cylinder with 230kw EcoBoost smart engine is likely to be a pleasant surprise, according to Scott, because of its ability to combine significant grunt with fuel economy.
So far, nearly 450 new Mustangs have been pre-sold in Queensland.
And it seems that red cars really do go faster with "Race Red" being the most popular colour choice of the 10 on offer.
"We're really excited with the new direction Ford is taking," said Scott.
Nuts and bolts
Features of the new Mustang are:
Two body styles: Fastback or convertible
Two engine sizes: five litre V8 or 2.3 litre four-cylinder EcoBoost
Transmission options: six-speed manual or six-speed automatic
Standard features include: Rear parking sensors and reversing camera, 19" alloy wheels and six or eight airbags (dependent on model).