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Ford unveils the new V8 Mustang

Full details of the seventh-generation of the iconic car have been revealed


The Ford Mustang has earned itself worldwide renown since its launch in 1965, and now its seventh generation has been unveiled.

The car, which was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show, is a more aggressive and daring version of its previous iteration, and Ford has released its specs in terms of engines and electrification.

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The 2023 Mustang will come with either a 2.3-litre twin-scroll turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder or a 5.0-litre ‘Coyote” V8 – both of which are carried over from the previous generation.

The 2.3-litre is lightly refreshed with a new turbo, and Ford claims both engines will be more powerful yet also more efficient. On the top-line Mustang GT 5.0-litre V8, you’ll be able to get a six-speed manual gearbox or a 10-speed automatic. The automatic gearbox come as standard for the 2.3-litre Ecoboost engine.

There's no hint of an electric model – in fact, quite the opposite. Ford has pointedly commented on its competitors 'exiting the business of internal combustion vehicles'.

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Ford sees a commitment to the hedonistic burning of fuel as a big statement of its relationship towards the muscle car. Make it thirstier, bolder and better – electric is not an option at this time.

Expect 0-62mph in circa four seconds and top speeds of around 170mph. There’s also a Performance Pack to add some extra spice, including wider rear wheels, bigger brakes and a limited-slip diff.

You can then tap into Ford’s MagneRide active suspension and active exhaust (one leads to another kind of like Russian dolls).

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Aesthetically, expect a more striking version of the sixth generation, with some cosmetic lifts. The front end features a few tweaks in the form of new LED headlights, a widened front grille, and a gilled section for engine cooling.

The welcome light system that projects the prancing horse onto the ground now gallops to greet the driver as you approach – a true welcoming touch. The GT line will also get some visual tweaks like a gloss black grill with air-intake nostrils, while the convertible will get a one-touch power roof and extra boot space.

The interior is a big step into the ultra-modern age, with a 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver and a 13.2-inch infotainment screen that are connected and look like one sleek bit of glass. It’s very Mercedes-esque. You’ll also get Ford’s latest Sync4 operating system and OTA updates. Safety kit is everything and the kitchen sink, from lane assist to evasive steering assist.

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When this new Mustang reaches UK shores next year, prices will be on par with the current Mustang, with the V8 GT starting from £50,000. There's no need to hold your horses though – we have some drool-worthy Mustangs on our online showroom, including this 5.0-litre V8.

By Freda Lewis-Stempel