It’s a story that has been going on since 1964. Sacred icon of the car and queen of “pony cars”, the Ford Mustang has officially passed into the seventh generation of the model. On the occasion of a show in Detroit 2022 avoided by car manufacturers like our national Paris Motor Show, Ford showed the latest iteration of the cheapest sports car for the first time. This is actually a new version and not a simple restyling, although the car retains the sixth generation platform launched on the market in 2015 (and officially imported to Europe, let’s remember). Fortunately, the latter has had time to improve the depth of the mechanical level, especially by removing the antediluvian rigid rear axle.
So, what’s new in the new seventh-generation Mustang? At first glance, there is nothing revolutionary: the car shows a completely new style, but the spirit does not change much compared to the previous version. We especially notice a muscular rear end with more impressive curves behind the doors. Depending on whether you choose the small or large engine, this design differs on the front side with a specific grille and bumper openings as well as an air intake on the hood for the V8 version. Because yes, the Mustang retains its 5.0-liter “Coyote” V8 under the hood (and a manual transmission for those who don’t want an automatic transmission).
The entry-level variant retains the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo that was present in the old version, but the intermediate V6 will disappear. So it will either be a four-cylinder turbo or a naturally aspirated V8, with power levels that Ford promises will be higher than the outgoing model. As a reminder, the previous Mustang claimed 310 and 460 horsepower respectively in the United States in these two versions. In its Dark Horse variant optimized for circuit driving, this Mustang V8 will claim about 500 horsepower. No doubt Shelby is waiting to offer a new supercharged version of the GT500, knowing that the old one already produced 760 horsepower…
An interior of an electric car
Do you like piston engines and big screens in modern electric cars? Good news, the Ford Mustang perfectly combines these two elements. Inside, the new Mustang doesn’t look like the cars of its generation but like one of these modern electric cars. There are two large screens (the left one is optional), a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and a 13.2-inch touchscreen in the center stack. Using the Amazon Alexa interface, this on-board computer runs Unreal Engine 3D, a graphics system well known to video game players for its power and speed. And the car now includes optional driving aids such as adaptive cruise control or the reverse assistant with emergency braking.
In a completely different genre, this new Mustang offers an optional Performance pack that adds more Brembo brakes (390mm front and 355mm rear) in addition to a Torsen limited slip differential, wider wheels and a strut bar under the bonnet. Those who want to go even further with dynamic efficiency can opt for MagneRide’s controlled damping. And there are also more amazing gadgets: the Active Pothole Mitigation, in particular, which allows the suspensions to anticipate the shock when the car’s sensors detect a pothole in the road. And even a special handbrake, which works on the rear wheels to help new drivers drift.
All that remains is to wait for the confirmation of the sales of this new Mustang in Europe. It should come, but only in its V8 version, as happened with the previous generation in recent years.