The wait is finally over, and the quintessential American motoring dream has been finally unleashed on Indian roads. Yes, the Ford Mustang has been launched in India, with prices starting for INR 65 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi) and INR 68.14 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai). The Mustang, now in its sixth generation, will be sold in India as a CBU and retailed through select Ford dealerships in Mumbai and Delhi only fro now. Bookings are open, but deliveries could take some time as per availability.
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Ever since Ford announced it’ll be making a RHD variant of its iconic Mustang, this was the moment Indian enthusiasts had been waiting for. We’ll only get the full blown 5.0 L GT (V8) version, usurped only by the slightly more track focused Shelby GT350 version starring a flat-plane crankshaft endowed V8. It’s 5.0 litre, Ti-VCT V8 engine is good for 435 hp and 542.3 Nm of torque, endowing the iconic American pony car to scant from 0 to 100 kph in a mere 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 250km/h.
Power is sent to the rear wheels using a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that features paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Internationally, a six-speed manual transmission with launch control comes as standard, but unfortunately, we won’t get the purist’s choice here. Other performance oriented features include Brembo brakes with 6-piston front callipers, an Electronic Line-Lock function for smoky (not snaky) burnouts, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and for the first time in Mustang history – an independent suspension set-up at the rear.
There are also four driving modes to choose from – Normal, Snow/wet, Sport, and Track. In India, the Mustang will come with the GT Performance package as standard, which gets the aforementioned Brembo brakes, and a TORSEN differential with 3.73 Axle Ratio. The Mustang will ride on magnetorheological dampers, while 19″ Ebony Black painted, multi-spoke aluminium wheels fill up the flared arches.
The feature list for the Mustang comprises of dual-zone climate control, a 9-speaker sound system, six-way power-adjustable, heated/cooled leather-trimmed driver and front passenger seats, HID headlamps, LED tail lamps, rain sensing wipers, and voice-enabled SYNC 2 connectivity with an 8-inch colour touchscreen as standard equipment, while safety features include eight air bags, crash sensors located on the front, sides and center of the car, safety belt pre-tensioners, along with the Ford MyKey feature. The Mustang will be available in 6 colours – Absolute Black, Ingot Silver, Oxford White, Triple Yellow Tricoat, Magnetic and Race Red. We are driving the Ford Mustang tomorrow on the BIC in Greater Noida, so stay tuned for a track review soon!
“In our commitment to building a drive for everyone, there’s never been a better time at Ford to introduce this iconic car and offer the youngest ever product line-up to customers in India,” said Anurag Mehrotra, executive director, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford India. “Mustang is more than just a car. It gives you the freedom to express and epitomizes the passion and fun-of-driving inherent in all Ford vehicles. The arrival of the Mustang will shine a bright light on the blue oval along with the rest of the Ford range and will help us demonstrate our potential” he added.
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