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Ford Mustang update adds – and removes – power

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Power changes are included in a significantly updated version of the Ford Mustang, unveiled ahead of its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week and aimed specifically at European buyers.

The updates see the power of the muscle car’s range-topping 5.0-litre V8 engine increased to 450hp from 416, but the 2.3-litre Ecoboost unit is cut back to 290hp from 317. Ford says the 5.0-litre will now be the fastest-accelerating Mustang yet, though does not give figures.

We are also promised that the power reduction of the Ecoboost version will not affect the car’s performance, due to a new overboost function for the turbocharger which is triggered under heavy acceleration to provide an extra burst of boost following each up-shift. This works in conjunction with a new 10‑speed transmission that is being fitted to both versions of the car.

New exterior look

Styling changes are intended to give the car a sleeker, more athletic appearance. It has a lower bonnet profile with the air vents integrated, the lower grille remodelled for a more aggressive look and improved aerodynamics, and LED headlamps included. The back has its bumper and diffuser section reshaped, while an optional boot spoiler is now available.

There are chassis changes too – the dampers are recalibrated for greater corner stability, a new suspension joint stiffens the rear end and thicker anti-roll bars added. Options now include a MagneRide damping system that electrically stimulates a fluid inside the damper body to instantly react to road surface changes.

A host of driver assistance technologies are now available for the Mustang, just months after the car gained a shock two-star Euro NCAP safety rating. This was later increased to three stars after more safety equipment was added as standard, and now pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection will be available, as will adaptive cruise control with a distance alert, and lane departure warning. However, Ford has not stated if any of these will be standard equipment.

The revamp also includes interior updates.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.