Saddle-up for the new Mustang

by Mike Isle

The current trans-Tasman Supercars series is being dominated by the flying Ford Mustangs that this year replaced the long-serving Ford Falcons. New Zealanders have been to the forefront of that. Fittingly we are about to get a new Mustang to play with.

The High Performance 2.3L Mustang will join the New Zealand line-up in February 2020 a unique performance version alongside the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang GT.

“The High Performance 2.3L helps extend Mustang’s already broad appeal,” said Kay Hart, Ford Australia and New Zealand president and CEO.

“With distinctive looks, increased equipment level and bold colour choices, this turbocharged model is a welcome addition to the line-up. The car is offered in classic fastback body style with unique visual elements.

Beginning with a new front grille, the MY2020 turbocharged model uses the Mustang GT’s more aggressive front splitter, flanked by Magnetic mirror caps and aggressive bonnet spears.

Under the bonnet — it is all power.

The Ford Performance-developed 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 236kW at 6,200rpm and 448Nm of torque at 3800rpm[i], the highest output for a road-going production Ford four-cylinder in history, and is offered with an advanced 10-speed paddle-shift automatic. “It’s not just the power gains over the previous 2.3-litre engine,” said Carl Widmann, chief programme engineer, Ford Mustang. “It’s the broader torque curve that delivers 90 per cent of peak torque between 2,500 and 5,300rpm. Plus, horsepower holds stronger up to the 6,500rpm redline — enabling more usable power and torque.”

The interior offers standard leather-upholstery or optional leather Recaro sports seats, with touchpoints including a leather-wrapped classically designed three-spoke sports steering wheel and handbrake boot.

Ford SYNC 3[iii] with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto[iv] is standard. SYNC 3 also includes an eight-inch full-colour reversing camera display, as well as built-in sat-nav with complimentary mapping updates for up to seven years.

The 2020MY Ford Mustang High Performance 2.3L goes on sale in New Zealand in February 2020 with a retail price of $65,990 plus on-road costs.