Very quickly the Ford Mustang has become the UK’s most popular high-performance sports coupé, topping the list ahead of competition from Porsche, BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes. Figures for sports cars with 246bhp or more put the Mustang at the front of the pack from January to July 2016.
Since Ford started taking orders in January 2015, the Ford Mustang has topped 4,000 sales to date, with total 2016 registrations at 2,317, so far. This puts the Mustang comfortably at the top of the table against rivals, the closest being the Jaguar F-Type with 1,446.
Obviously price must be relevant with the Ford Mustang being such good value but it does, or it may, bear out the fact that sports car buyers still believe that there is no replacement for displacement, eschewing downsized engines and the like for a proper V8 motor.
The current split in sales across models shows that seventy per cent of customers specified the 5.0L V8 engine, with the remaining thirty per cent favouring the 2.3L EcoBoost four-pot. The latter is of course the correct ecological choice and it is very good indeed; but somehow it doesn’t seem correct.
Total customer orders for the Ford Mustang in Europe now stand at more than 19,500 since the car was launched in the third quarter of 2015. You can read my short drive review here. It immediately moved into my top five favourite car list.
Since June of this year, Ford have ensured that all Mustang models have been fitted with the sophisticated SYNC 3 infotainment system as standard, offering a redesigned eight-inch touchscreen and faster performance, plus the ability for drivers to control their connected smartphones, audio, navigation, and climate functions with more conversational voice commands.
In addition, the new Ford Mustang is available to order with three new colour options – Grabber Blue, Lightning Blue and White Platinum. As you can see from the pics, it also looks good in yellow.
The Mustang’s popular and long overdue European introduction is another page in the exciting Ford Performance story. Consider additionally the success of Fiesta ST and ST200, the Focus RS and GT. More than 6,500 enthusiasts applied to buy the all-new Ford GT in just one month – with over 500 from the UK alone. Ford are certainly hitting the car enthusiast’s sweet spot.
The Ford Mustang is available from the 75 FordStore locations across the UK.