ON TEST WITH
Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Convertible 10 Speed Auto
Prices from: £48,245 (standard vehicle) – not including fitted options
The Mustang excites every strand of your body’s nervous system and if that’s not enough, it will then swing into full attack mode and present you with one of the most thrilling drives you might ever undertake.
What battery-powered muscle car can you think of which will have the same effect on you as the Mustang?
Just because it has a very powerful 5.0-litre V8 engine does not automatically mean you must drive it everywhere like you are taking part in a movie car scene. To be honest, the Mustang GT is more than happy cruising the streets.
Power and Efficiency: Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 quad cam 32 valve engine with the addition of an induction sound tube, the Mustang is also as loud as you like with more power and muscle than any one person would care to handle.
Max power comes in at 450PS with the addition of 529Nm of torque. Max speed is around 150+mph and a 0-62 time of around 4sec (estimated).
I have to say that the sound from that V8 is intoxicating. You can, at a push return, a combined 24.1mpg. Not bad then when you consider the size of that engine.
I own a VW UP GTI and on a good day it will only return 35 MPG. So, when you weigh it all up, is 24.1mpg really that bad?
On the road: A joy to drive on any road surface. Because the Mustang is rear wheel drive, you need to remember those rear wheels manage a massive amount of torque from that V8 engine which can get you from a standing start to infinity in no time at all.
Into the corners, it felt planted and not heavy or cumbersome. If you feed in the power at the right time and into the right corner, you will be rewarded with a massive amount of traction and speed in and out of every corner.
Design & Technology: The look says it all really. Owning a Mustang for me is about as exciting as it gets.
Remember the Mustang is an icon of such brilliance right back from when V8s were first produced and even in today’s eco-friendly society, it is still very much the star performer.
Inside you will find a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay, SYNC 3 eight-inch colour touchscreen with nine-speaker DAB radio, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, auto headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, power-folding door mirrors with Mustang logo projection puddle lamps, six-way power adjustable front seats, KeyFree system and keyless entry.
This, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg, the Mustang is fitted with plenty of gear, plus you also get the bonus of having the roof down.
To sum up: The Mustang is an epic car and I am now a lost soul who needs some additional therapy.
So, I will be saving every penny I can because I want one so much.