Right-hand drive Mustang officially launches in southern Africa


What has been arguably the most anticipated new model introduction in southern Africa has happened – the legendary American muscle car, the Mustang, is finally on our shores. But there is a catch: Ford Motor Company in southern Africa says there is long waiting list. Prospective buyers put in their orders when Ford first announced earlier this year that the Mustang would be coming to the southern African shores. The actual car is only expected to arrive in showrooms in mid-2016.

The long waiting list is owed to the fact that the American muscle car had to under go through its first ever right hand drive production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan, USA. Outside the US, Americas and other left-hand drive markets the car has always been only available to the few left-hand drive countries in southern Africa, such as Angola.

For now though Ford says it would conduct a lottery for 15 lucky winners to skip the waiting list, jumping the queue, and get their Mustangs by the end of February when the lucky draw would take place. To enter the draw the customers have to log onto the Ford website (https://www.ford.co.za/cars/mustang/kmi). However, Ford says the “purchase of the vehicle is in line with the normal buying process through the customer’s preferred dealer.”
“This is the car we’ve all been waiting for! The mighty new Mustang is here,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region.

“We’re delighted to finally be able to offer the new Mustang to local buyers who flooded Ford dealers with queries and orders when we announced last year that it would be coming. It’s been a long wait, but it has certainly been worth it,” Delate says in a statement.

The new Mustang is loaded with innovative technologies and delivers dazzling performance and style. It is available in a comprehensive line-up spanning six model derivatives, including the sleek and seductive Fastback, as well as the stunning Convertible.

In terms of powertrains, buyers have the option of a roaring 5.0-litre V8 or the all-new 2.3 EcoBoost engine that delivers an exceptional combination of performance and fuel economy. Notably, both engines can be matched to a choice of either six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and there’s the option of both Fastback and Convertible body styles to suit every taste.

Ford’s acclaimed 5.0‑litre V8 engine employs sequential multiport electronic fuel injection and variable camshaft timing to produce a hefty 306kW of power, along with a thunderous 530Nm of torque, enabling the Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Fastback Manual to sprint from standstill to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds.

The line-up includes the all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine that brings state-of-the-art technology to Mustang, delivering turbocharged performance with outstanding fuel efficiency. This ground-breaking engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver impressive all-round performance with 233kW and 430Nm of torque on top – sufficient to achieve a remarkable 100km/h sprint time of 5.8 sec for the 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback Manual.

Despite its dynamic potential, the 2.3 EcoBoost engine uses an estimated 8-litre in 100 km in the combined cycle.
Both engines can be specified with a slick-shifting six-speed manual transmission in Fastback guise, or the option of the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission (Fastback and Convertible). Combined with race car-inspired paddle-shifters on the steering wheel, the automatic gearbox delivers superb convenience and ultimate control.
The model line up consists of the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Manual Fastback, the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Automatic Convertible, 2.3-litre EcoBoost Automatic Fastback, the 5-litre V8 GT Manual Fastback, 5-litre V8 GT Automatic Convertible, and the 5-litre V8 GT Automatic Fastback.

All models are sold with a four-year/120 000km comprehensive warranty, five-year/100 000km service plan, three-year/unlimited km roadside assistance and five-year/unlimited km corrosion warranty. Service intervals are every 20 000km.



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