Ford Mustang is one of the iconic cars of all time around the world. The famous American muscle car has finally launched in India. It was unveiled ahead of 2016 New Delhi Auto Expo earlier this year, and showcased at the Auto Expo. The Mustang name is enough to create a sensation, and so it did. Now the American automaker has launched its flagship model in the country at a price tag of INR. 65 lakhs (ex showroom, New Delhi)
Although the car has several derivatives around the globe, but in India we get only the GT coupe variant. It remains a question whether the iconic American muscle car is going to be successful in Indian market or not. But that will be answered by time only. Meanwhile we take a look at the interesting facts about the Ford Mustang.
India spec Ford Mustang GT is the top of the line model
Ford Mustang GT coupe, which has been launched in Indian market, is the top of the line variant of the iconic car. This is the first time Mustang entered Indian market. And very interestingly, this is also the first time Ford is manufacturing the right hand drive Mustang in its long history.
It’s a 401 PS mean machine
The India specific 2016 Ford Mustang gets power from a 5.0 litre Ti-VCT V8 engine which is mated to a 6 speed Getrag dual clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The engine produces 401 PS of peak power and 515 Nm of peak torque. Globally the Mustang is available with V6 engine and a EcoBoost unit as well.
It’s the 6th generation Mustang
Ford Mustang has been in business since 1965. Last year the iconic model celebrated its 50 years. The sixth generation model was unveiled on 5th December, 2013. The new generation model came widened by 1.5 inches. While the design has been changed as well. It also gets independent rear suspension, which has been developed specially for this model. The sixth generation Mustang earned 5 star safety rating from NHTSA for front protection and rollover protection.
Ford will sell this car in India as CBU
Although Ford India has its manufacturing plant in India, which makes the very popular Ford EcoSport. But the Mustang won’t be manufactured in the country. Therefore the Mustang will be imported as CBU or Completely Built Unit in the country. This is the reason behind the car has been slapped with an INR. 65 lakhs price tags.
Various unique features
The 2016 Ford Mustang comes with several unique features like automatic projector headlamps, heated and powered ORVMs, rain sensing wipers. The car is available in six different colours; which are Race Red, Black, Triple Yellow Tri-coat, Magnetic, Oxford White and Ingot Silver.
Ford eyes potential success in India
Ford India believes the Mustang will hit the jackpot in Indian market. The car will compete against the other powerful models like Audi TT, BMW Z4. The upcoming Nissan GT-R will be the biggest rival against the Mustang in Indian market. The American company has already sold 110000 Mustangs globally. This makes the Mustang the highest sold sports coupe of all time around the globe.
New Ford Mustang is the ultimate stunt car
The Ford Mustang has been described as the best muscle car of all time by many performance enthusiasts. But the best compliment probably came from former TopGear ‘Stig’ Ben Collins. He once said, “Mustang has starred in many a classic car chase during the past 50 years, and is still the stunt driver’s weapon of choice to leave the bad guys standing in a cloud of tyre smoke.”