Ford confirms 2000 orders for new Mustang
Performance Pack will be standard kit for local Mustang range
Ford Australia is again beating the drum for its incoming $44,990 Mustang, boasting of a huge order haul well ahead of a local debut set for later this year.
The company has today revealed that it is now holding “more than” 2000 deposits for the new coupe and convertible twins.
And, with Holden now confirmed to have no access to Chevrolet’s new Camaro, interest in the Mustang is likely to grow significantly over the months ahead.
Ford had already revealed last year that it had received some 13,000 ‘expressions of interest’, and if many of those had been waiting for word on a local Camaro launch, there may be more than a few Holden fans swinging Ford’s way.
There appears to be no shortage of excitement among existing fans: Ford says one customer has six orders to his name (likely one of each variant coming to Australia), and a rental company has ordered 20 examples.
‘Race Red’ is the “overwhelming” favourite for buyers so far, followed by Absolute Black and Magnetic (a dark metallic grey).
Performance Packs For All
That announcement is joined by confirmation that local Mustangs will be equipped with a Performance Pack as standard, adding a ‘K’ brace under the bonnet, a larger rear sway bar for the coupe, heavy-duty front springs and unique chassis tuning. A limited-slip differential is also standard.
In March, Ford confirmed a $44,990 starting price for the Mustang range, which, before on-road costs are applied, will get buyers into the 2.3 litre turbocharged four-cylinder and manual-equipped coupe model.
Jumping into the four-cylinder convertible will begin at $53,990, while opting for the V8 models will cost from $54,990 for the manual coupe, $57,490 for the auto coupe and $63,990 for the auto convertible.
The new pony car’s Australian launch is still some months away, but Ford’s engineers have been hard at work testing left-hand-drive versions at the company’s Lara Proving Ground in Victoria.
Forming part of Ford’s $300 million spend on research and development this year - itself part of a nearly $2 billion investment over the past six years - the testing is intended to ensure the new Mustang is set ‘just right’ for Australian conditions.
Ford expects to be Australia’s largest automotive employer after 2017, boasting a workforce of more than 1500 people across sales, product development and design.