New Ford Mustang: Full Details Of Ford's Latest Pony Car

Tony O'Kane | Dec 5, 2013

2014 FORD MUSTANG

Ford Australia has revealed the 2014 Mustang in exhaustive detail, but we won't see it in local showrooms till 2015.

The new-generation muscle car will debut a new independent rear suspension, turbocharged powerplant and the most dynamic interpretation yet of Ford's new global design language.

And it will also be the first Mustang to be built in right-hand drive form, rather than converted post-production.

But perhaps most interestingly, the Mustang won't be offered with a V6 engine option in Australia - despite its availability overseas.

Instead, the entry-level engine will be a 2.3 litre turbocharged inline four.

But even the base engine will be far from feeble. With 227kW of power and 407Nm of torque, the Ecoboost four-pot actually produces 7kW more power and 41Nm more torque than the US-spec 3.7 litre normally-aspirated V6.

Thank a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct injection, and variable valve timing for that.

Ford fans who turn their nose up at a four-cylinder Mustang will be keener on the V8-powered Mustang GT.

Related to the supercharged Miami V8 used in the current FPV GS and FPV GT, the Mustang's 5.0 litre DOHC V8 is revised for the 2014 model to churn out 313kW and 529Nm without the aid of a supercharger.

Helping the 5.0 achieve these numbers is a new intake manifold, larger inlet and exhaust valves, changes to the cylinder-head ports, stiffer valve-springs and a revised intake camshaft.

Both engines will be available in Australia in automatic or manual guise, with both 'boxes toting six gears and taking drive to the rear wheels (as all good pony cars should).

Opt for the automatic and you also get a pair of steering wheel-mounted shift paddles to play with, as well as downshift rev-matching.

Handling will be given a big boost from the adoption of an independent multi-link rear suspension. Compared to the solid rear axle of the current Mustang, the new independent rear will have less unsprung mass and improved suspension geometry that should aid traction when cornering.

Torque vectoring will be standard, as will a limited-slip differential. Four-cylinder Mustangs get twin-tube rear dampers, while V8 Mustangs get mono-tube dampers and launch control as standard.

The front suspension remains a MacPherson strut design, albeit with revised geometry. The steering will continue to to be electrically assisted, with a 16:1 rack ratio.

The brake package varies according to powertrain. Inline-fours feature 352x32mm front rotors and four-piston calipers up front, plus 330x25mm rotors and a single-piston sliding caliper at the rear.

The more performance-focused V8 gets an uprated brake package with 380x34mm front rotors gripped by six-piston Brembo calipers, though the rear brake hardware is identical to that of the turbo four.

Styling

The key change to the Mustang's iconic look is the new long, slender and aggressive headlights, replacing the large round headlights of the past two generations.

This new Mustang isn't the first generation to experiment with different headlight shapes, but it is certainly the biggest change to the coupe's look since it was reborn in 2005.

Set between the new headlights is a recognisable grille shape, reshaped into a six-point design but leaving little doubt that it belongs.

The 2014 Mustang's profile does away with the iconic B-pillar (expect to see coloured vinyl wraps applied there), creating a unified glasshouse beneath a new shortened roofline.

The rear-end is dominated by a new fan-like take on the Mustang's classic tail-lights, flanking the familiar GT badge - now sitting pretty without the faux fuel cap of the previous model.

Elsewhere, the Mustang is familiar fare made a little more sleek and a little more muscular than the model it replaces.

Features

Inside, the 2014 Mustang features the familiar symmetrical dash design, but with circular ai- vents, a wider centre stack and larger switchgear.

Ford's Sync infotainment suite will be standard, along with keyless entry, a push-button starter and Ford's MyKey system - which limits top speed and locks the stability control on when a specific key set is used.

Drivers will also be able to select the level of steering assistance, stability control intervention, and engine/transmission sharpness via a set of switches on the centre stack.

In Australia, the Mustang will be available in both coupe and convertible form, with the convertible featuring a multi-layer cloth roof that Ford says will offer better insulation from sound and temperature than conventional ragtops.

Precise equipment levels for Australian Mustangs have yet to be released, but available technology will include a performance data display integrated into the Sync system, active cruise control and a blind-spot monitor.

Australia

As for how much all of this muscle will cost? We'll need to wait around two years to find out, as the Mustang isn't expected to return to local showrooms until late 2015. Stay tuned.

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  • Zandit75 says,
    5 months ago
    6 likes
    Awesome!biggrin
  • CAZZO says,
    5 months ago
    1 like
    Sure the EcoBoost 4 will go like a cut-cat, but its still "only a 4 cylinder" sad

    Would never be able to live it down, like owning a pretend HarleyDavidson "Sportster"
    • barra240t says,
      5 months ago
      4 likes
      If you don't like the Ecoboost 4 buy the V8, or the 6?? What are you complaining about? You have 3 engines to choose from for f**k sake.
      • Nathan says,
        5 months ago
        5 likes
        If you actually read the article then you would know that there are 2 engines to chose from. The V6 is not coming to Australia.
        • martin says,
          5 months ago
          1 like
          i believe the new 1.0 litre triple will be available in a very special "Clarkson" edition laugh
      • Samuel J says,
        4 months ago
        You won't be able to buy the V6 in Australia! Leaving only a wimpy 4 four cylinder model and the thirsty V8. Clowns will probably put the V8 badge on their cut price four cylinder model.
    • martin says,
      5 months ago
      the 4 cylinder will sound like grandma's sewing machine. only the V8 will dosmile
      • bobo says,
        3 months ago
        i realy dont think a turbo ford 4 cyl motor will sound bad at all, the focus 4 cyl doesnt sound bad at all ..i would be interested in a 220kw light engine for sure otherwise enjoy paying billions per tank that the v8 will eat
    • MZ says,
      5 months ago
      4 likes
      You really have NFI about anything Cazzo. Costantly bagging everything.
      Nothing wrong with a Sportster HD either you muppet.
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    5 months ago
    2 likes
    That 4-cylinder turbo could just turn out to be a good thing.. let's wait and see.

    Blacked out alloys looks really good not so much the mishmash interior.

    Think a lot of Mustang fans would love to know when Shelby is going to come out with their own version.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      5 months ago
      Yeah, the Shelby is the one I'd want, but I have a scary feeling it won't come to Australia...
  • dan says,
    5 months ago
    1 like
    Damn,I was really looking forward to the 3.5L Ecoboost.
  • Chest Rockjaw says,
    5 months ago
    1 like
    The only let down for me are the headlights... Hopefully fixed in the first facelift.
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      5 months ago
      4 likes
      I dunno, I reckon they look great. I think they'll really sell themselves when we see them in the flesh.
  • Diz says,
    5 months ago
    It is a nice looking car. But for all the hyperbole suggesting that Ford was going to cast aside the retro look, I feel like this is still firmly planted in the 'Retro' design school.

    It would have been nice to see them really cut loose and go nuts with a completely 21st century sports car design. A refined version of the Evos Concept??
    • MotorMouth says,
      5 months ago
      1 like
      They tried doing that from the late 70s through to the early 21st Century and it didn't work too well for them. Nobody wants a Mustang that looks like something else, they want a Mustang that is recognisably a Mustang, in the same way a 2013 Golf is recognisably related to the first Golf from 1974 and a Porsche 911 is still recognisably related to a VW Beetle.
  • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
    5 months ago
    8 likes
    Looks frigging amazing to me. Everything about it.

    I just want one. Ideally the turbo 4, so I can tear past Cazzo while he says "Oh I didn't think it'd be quite THAT good..."
  • OutbackOZ
    OutbackOZ says,
    5 months ago
    3 likes
    Impressive performance figures for both engines.
    Especially as the GS Falcon produces 545Nm (with supercharger) and this NA produces 529Nm.

    Shelby might have that little extra room to play and bolt on the supercharger for the extra ease of power.

    Will be interesting to see both engines performance! That 4cyl looks to have plenty of poke!!
  • g says,
    5 months ago
    Ford just keep on going from one f#ck up to another. First, letting the RWD architecture of the Falcon just wither and die, and now bringing in the Mustang in LATE 2015! It's a nice looking car, but why make it a "global" car to only let us have it a full year and a half(!) after the Yanks get it?
    WTF Ford?
    • OutbackOZ
      OutbackOZ says,
      5 months ago
      Are you trying to say Oz is only getting the Stang for a year and a half?

      Where did you get that from????
      • OutbackOZ
        OutbackOZ says,
        5 months ago
        Oops, got it. I Missed read it... laughlaugh

        But does it getting down under late really surprise you. Oz is always last on the list.
    • MotorMouth says,
      5 months ago
      7 likes
      Australia is an automotive backwater, it is completely unimportant to any global company. Get over it. Ford will sell more Mustangs in the US in a week than they will sell here in a year so why would they rush to get it out?
    • MotorMouth says,
      5 months ago
      2 likes
      This is easily the best looking Mustang since the final iteration of the First Gen model in 1971.
  • Andy says,
    5 months ago
    Ford really do make some odd decisions, why on earth are they not bringing the 6 cylinder here, surely it will be the biggest seller, not everyone wants a 4 or an 8.
    • Nathan says,
      5 months ago
      8 likes
      Because the 2.3T makes more power, more torque, has more low-rpm torque and improved fuel economy.

      You'd be foolish to take the V6 over it.

      And before anyone says turbo lag, it uses a twin-scroll turbo = essentially 0 lag.
  • Paul54 says,
    5 months ago
    Let's hope Australia will get options and not be ripped off in the pricing compared to the US Product and Pricing?
  • 5valvepercylinder
    5 valve per cylinder says,
    5 months ago
    2 likes
    I'd like to know now that Ford Mustang is confirmed for Australia will Chevrolet bring in the Camaro and Corvette?, will Chevrolet set up shop in case Holden's future will be in doubt? Dodge on the other hand could test the waters and maybe bring their Challenger..
    • Balthazaaaaaargh says,
      5 months ago
      1 like
      I don't think GM would risk killing off the Holden brand. After all, there's only two Aussie-made models in its line-up right now, so losing those two is no reason to axe the badge all together.

      In fact I read today that GM is killing Chev in Europe so that there's no more overlap with Opel.

  • Grumps
    Grumps says,
    5 months ago
    7 likes
    If I had the money I would buy one. Simple as that!
  • Lindsay says,
    5 months ago
    1 like
    It looks a bit like a DB7 with a different body kit.
  • David Pickford says,
    5 months ago
    2 likes
    I think some of you are missing the point with the 'stangs styling.

    It's like Porche and the 911, VW and the Beetle or BMW and the Mini, Everyone recognises what you are driving even though the basic look is 50+ years old and thats the point.

    The price issue is also sorted, the fours start at about 45k and the 8s at about 55k. No price yet though on the GT model with nearly 500kw of grunt from a supercharged 5.8 litre V8.

    Gotta agree though, it seems it takes Ford far longer to get a model on the showroom floors in Australia than other companies.
  • ExFordFan says,
    5 months ago
    A 4 cylinder Mustang? What an insult! The V8 is the pick but when the dollars slides to 60cents and Ford doesn't sell enough they will pull it from the showroom. I'm over Ford. Oh, looks like Holden is the going the same way!
  • Ronnie says,
    4 months ago
    I only wish why 2015 cant they bring it sooner why not in the middle of next year cant wait to get my hand on onerolleyesdry
  • costi papa says,
    3 months ago
    1 like
    this car will sell

    its a mustang, nuf said
    I want one now
  • pizza711 says,
    3 months ago
    1 like
    anyone know what the price is I want one ...... that silver beast looks sexy as
  • K.alexandratos says,
    3 months ago
    1 like
    About time , it's cars like this that save companies. Wait till you see how many will sell in this country. Marketing people should take note. Iconic brands like this are for dreamer. I'll have one at any price. Thank you FORD
  • sue raymond says,
    2 months ago
    biggrinBeautiful machine. This is going to be my next car. Looks like I'll have to wait a little longer. Lucky I'm patient.
  • Steve says,
    2 months ago
    1 like
    For 99% of the time the turbo 227kW/407torque will be driven at 30% capacity. Let's be honest beyond these stats it's only the sound of the V8 the owner will notice.
    Compare the sound and see if the price difference is justified.
    • drive13 says,
      1 month ago
      Yea. Guys, I have money to buy this 4cylinder i can't 2015. See me on the road.
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