Agustin Jimenez
Technical Editor
April 29, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Ford

The 2015 Ford Mustang is going where no Mustang has gone before; worldwide! The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang was slated for the global market right from the beginning of its design phase and it’s easy to see why. It’s one of the most sought-after iconic vehicles to ever roll off the assembly line and has withstood the test of time with enthusiasts around the world as a symbol of horsepower, fun and freedom.

For 2015, the Ford Mustang will be going on sale in markets it was previously not available in, such as the European market. So how does an iconic pony car get taken serious by European car buyers who are used to refined sports cars with great handling? How about by offering them not one, but two Ford Mustangs that can do 0-100 km/h in less than 6 seconds?

Ford Motor Company just announced that the all-new Ford Mustang will deliver 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration in 4.8 seconds – making it the fastest accelerating high-volume Ford model ever offered in Europe. This is the first time in the car’s 50-year history that it is available in Europe. Not just that but it will be available with either a menacing 5.0-liter V-8 engine that delivers 421 PS (415hp) and 530 Nm (390 lb-ft) of torque, or a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that delivers 317 PS (312hp) and 432 Nm (318 lb-ft) of torque. Those are really good numbers from the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine considering the 2015 Ford Mustang can deliver a fuel efficiency of up to 8.0 l/100 km (29.4 mpg) while its CO2 emissions are only 179 g/km.

The 5.0-litre V8 fastback model with the six-speed manual transmission can light up the road from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in just 4.8 seconds – faster than any Ford in the Europe since the low-volume Ford GT supercar launched in 2005. The Ford Mustang 2.3-litre EcoBoost fastback manual reaches 100 km/h in 5.8 seconds.

All out brute acceleration is great but there’s more to a horse than just its strength. Luckily the blue oval thought of that as well so not surprisingly, the 2015 Ford Mustang can pull .97 g while cornering. The European version of the all-new Ford Mustang will receive a standard Performance Package that includes upgraded brakes and cooling system for high-speed driving. Drivers can select between a number of Drive Modes which are controlled via toggle switches in the center console that can adjust the AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, throttle response, automatic gear-shift patterns, and steering to match Normal, Sport+, Track or Snow/Wet settings. A Selectable Effort Electric Power Assisted Steering also enables drivers to choose a Normal, Comfort or Sport steering weight and feel to give the driver a performance race interface with the road.

As if that wasn’t enough, the 2015 Ford Mustang also features Track Apps that can be controlled through the steering wheel and viewed in the instrument panel, including accelerometer, acceleration timer and brake performance, which measures braking time and distance from a set speed.

A Launch Control system is also available for the 5.0-liter V8 with manual transmission, which holds the engine at a pre-set rpm anywhere between 3,000 rpm and 4,500 rpm with the accelerator fully depressed. When the clutch is released, torque delivery to the rear wheels is controlled for maximum traction and consistent standing starts.

One of the really cool features we’re really impressed with is the electronic Line Lock system on the 5.0-liter V8 which applies only the front brakes so you can roast the rear tires and get them warm for better launches at the track.

As of right now, more than 2,200 customers have already ordered the 2015 Ford Mustang since the car became available to order across Europe earlier this year.

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The new Ford Mustang is available in fastback and convertible body styles with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions, and feature classic design elements such as the three-dimensional tri-bar tail lamps, signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia.

Production of the first European specific Ford Mustang is already underway at Ford’s Flat Rock facility in Michigan, U.S. The 2015 Ford Mustang will be available in 10 exterior colors and equipped with standard 19-inch wheels, automatic HID headlamps, dual-zone climate control, LED tail lamps as well as a rear diffuser. Further standard equipment includes a nine-speaker sound system, and SYNC 2 voice control connectivity with 8-inch color touch screen.

The 2015 Ford Mustang is exclusively available to order in Europe at new FordStore locations opening across the region primarily in metropolitan areas. The first vehicles should reach dealerships in continental Europe starting in July with the United Kingdom following in October.

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