The Ford Mustang BULLITT will be in Australian showrooms this October, in time to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Steve McQueen film that saw the Hollywood legend drive a 1968 Mustang Fastback in one of the silver screen’s most epic car chases.

The first batch to be sold in Australia will consist of only 700 units, each individually numbered at the factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, before arriving Down Under as the most potent Mustang ever sold through Ford Australia dealerships. Mustang BULLITT will have an MLP of $73,688ii including Luxury Car Tax.

“BULLITT is the car-chase of car chases, and we know that Australians are passionate about

Mustang, so we’re pleased to have secured our own batch of this unique model,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “It further builds on the Mustang story in this country as we respond to enthusiasm for even more choice, additional features and personalisation across the line-up. Australians are looking for Mustangs that really stand out, and Mustang BULLITT really makes a statement.”

The Mustang BULLITT will be the most powerful Mustang ever sold through Ford Australia, and previews the driving experience with a set of distinctive exterior hallmarks that in no uncertain terms makes this a ‘McQueen’ Mustang.

That starts with the exclusive Dark Highland Green paintwork, exclusive to Mustang BULLITT, matching the colour of the 1968 Fastback driven in the film. Building on the look, gloss-black 19-inch Torq Thrust-style alloys contrast the bright-red calipers of the Brembo brakes.

A BULLITT fuel filler cap is one of the considered additions, as the rest of Mustang BULLITT has seen the regular Mustang badging removed for a smooth, focused aesthetic. Mustang BULLITT stands up, and stands out.

Based on the updated Mustang GT, which is louder and more potent than its predecessor, Mustang BULLITT will be offered exclusively as a V8 coupled to a six-speed manual, true to the Mustang Fastback that hurled around the streets of San Francisco in the 1968 classic.

The 5.0-litre has been upgraded for heightened performance, with an Open Air induction system and intake manifold, with 87mm throttle bodies, Ford Racing air-filter and a PCM (Powertrain Control Module) shared with the Shelby Mustang GT350. Lifting the bonnet will reveal unique BULLITT badging from strut-tower to strut-tower, with Mustang BULLITT’s Coyote V8 delivering 345kW and 556Nmiii , making it the most potent Mustang ever offered in Australia.

BULLITT’s innovation extends to the standard six-speed manual, which has been extensively reworked for 2018. It will offer Mustang’s rev-matching system, which delivers smoother downshifts accompanied by a ‘blip’ of the engine, adding to the vocal drama delivered by a standard Active Valve Exhaust. With four modes, the Active Valve Exhaust lets you move from subtle to sledgehammer, on top of Mustang BULLITT’s individual Drive and Steering modes.

Mustang BULLITT: Style with Smarts

Mustang BULLITT hasn’t forsaken smarts for style. Mustang BULLITT comes with Mustang’s MagneRide suspension  an option on ‘regular’ Mustang GT in Australia from July 2018  as standard equipment. The MagneRide Damping System is new for Mustang in 2018, and optimises ride and handling in a variety of situations.

This special edition Mustang also comes standard with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Lane 
Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist as well as Adaptive Cruise Control. Mustang BULLITT’s

Driver Assist Technology also helps the driver with auto-levelling headlamps, automatic high-beam and an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera.

SYNC® 3iv with Apple CarPlay and Android Autov is standard, but like regular Mustang GT, BULLITT comes standard with native satellite-navigation to give customers a wide choice of mapping and ways of getting from A to McQueen.

The unique interior offers signature tributes taken straight from the silver-screen BULLITT Mustang, building on the visual drama of the unique exterior. From the moment you grasp the door-handle, BULLITT delivers with BULLITT scuff plates, unique finishes and green-stitched dash, door trims and heated and cooled front seating. For BULLITT owners looking for a heightened experience, optional Recaro seats are available from the factory.

From the driver’s seat, BULLITT features Mustang’s new 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster, which includes visual changes between Drive modes, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford Performance GT sports car. Capping off the BULLITT theme inside is the stark-white cue-ball

gear-shift knob and unique stitched gearshifter boot to make this special model unmistakably BULLITT.

Mustang BULLITT has your number

Every Mustang BULLITT will have its own individual number, which will be proudly etched into the passenger side’s unique BULLITT plaque. The Australian market will receive 700 Mustang BULLITTs commencing in October 2018, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Steve McQueen’s Bullitt, which first screened in theaters on October 17,1968.

Australian customers have made Mustang the nation’s favourite sports car, topping the sales charts in both 2016 and 17vi. The Mustang, which was developed for the first time as a global model, has also been the best-selling sports car in the world for the third year in a row, topping sales charts in 2015, 2016 and 2017vii.

In April 2018, the Ford Mustang was announced a competitor in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. Ford Performance, DJR Team Penske and Tickford Australia are working on the homologation of the Mustang for the 2019 season, which is expected to make its on-track debut at the season-opening Adelaide 500.

The Ford Mustang BULLITT will go on sale in Australia in October, 2018, with a Manufacturers List Price from $73,688i.

Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP, has released a 3 star ANCAP safety rating for revised Ford Mustang models following a specification upgrade to improve its safety performance.

Following the publication of a 2 star ANCAP safety rating for the Ford Mustang in January 2017, Ford has revised the specification of its Mustang for the right-hand-drive Australian and New Zealand markets, resulting in an upgrade to 3 stars.

“Improvements have been made to the Mustang’s Safety Assist features as well as tuning to restraint systems,” said ANCAP Chief Executive, James Goodwin.

The following equipment is now fitted as standard:

  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) – City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User
  • Forward collision warning (FCW)
  • Lane support system (LSS) – lane departure warning & lane keeping assist

These changes see an increased Safety Assist score of 61 per cent - improved from an original 16 per cent, and an increased Pedestrian Protection score – rising from 64 per cent to 78 per cent.

“Structurally however, the revised Ford Mustang is identical to the Mustang we originally rated, meaning it still falls short of our expectations in the areas of Adult Occupant and Child Occupant Protection.”

“The inclusion of driver assistance aids such as AEB and lane keep assist is a definite step in the right direction, yet these upgrades have neglected to address the injury risk posed to rear seat occupants as well as whiplash protection,” Goodwin said.

The revised Ford Mustang enters Australian and New Zealand markets 12 months after revised left-hand-drive models were made available for the European market.

The 3 star ANCAP safety rating applies to Fastback (V8 and EcoBoost coupe) variants built from December 2017. Fastback variants sold from December 2015 through to those built in December 2017 hold a 2 star ANCAP safety rating. Other variants are unrated.

Ford has confirmed its return to motorsport by announcing its support for DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing as they prepare to race Ford Mustangs in the 2019 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.

“Ford Performance’s diverse line-up of vehicles reflects customer feedback that Australians are looking for advanced, efficient, performance models across all types of vehicles,” said Ford Australia President and CEO, Graeme Whickman. “Ford Performance is about technology, innovation and product performance and to showcase our confidence in our performance range, we are bringing Mustang and the Ranger Raptor to the Supercars series in 2019.”

“We are giving Mustang a proper birthday today, with the Australian unveiling of the new 2018 model and confirming its Australian track-debut with Supercars in 2019,” said Whickman.

The new Ford Mustang will make its Australian track debut at the first round of the Supercars Series in March 2019 at the Adelaide 500. Ford Australia and Ford Performance are working with DJR Team Penske and Tickford Racing in homologation of Mustang for competition next year, as the Supercars Series enables two-door coupes entry into the nation’s most popular series for the first time since its inception in 1997.

The highly-anticipated 2018 Ford Mustang will be available to Australian customers from mid-year, bringing a sleek new design, even greater on-road performance and more features to deliver the most sophisticated, rewarding-to-drive Mustang offered in this country.

Building on Mustang’s core attributes that have resonated with Australians – the emotive styling, highly involving driving experience, classic burbling engine and grin inducing performance – the 2018 Mustang will offer Australians an even more capable, immersive experience that has seen this iconic nameplate become the nation’s best-selling sports car.

“Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia’s best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”

ICONIC STYLE, UNMISTAKABLY MUSTANG

The Mustang’s famous lines, from the silver screen to the streets of Australia, is recognisable the world over. For 2018, a more athletic stance and aggressive detailing gives Mustang a menacing, confident aesthetic without diluting the classic visual drama Mustang is famous for.

Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more dynamic, with a lower, remodeled bonnet and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes. For the first time, the entire Mustang line up will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting – a first for Mustang in Australia.

The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.

Mustang EcoBoost now features a fresh alloy wheel design, while for a different look, the 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloy is available as a factory option. The GT carries over the mesh design from the current model, while also offering an optional five-spoked 19-inch forged alloy.

Bold exterior colour choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury as well as Kona Blue and Royal Crimson – combined with Over the Top (OTT) stripe packages mean that enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. In fact, the 2018 Mustang offers more factory-fit options than ever before, including a new single-wing rear spoiler (also part of the US-market Mustang Performance Pack).

Increased personalisation extends to the 2018 Mustang’s new cockpit, characterised by improved touch points and visual cues for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum.

Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns, while there’s also six-way leather-upholstered Recaro sports seating as a factory-fitted option. All Mustangs feature an instrument panel with an updated Mustang badge, while there’s a new key fob design.

TECHNOLOGY: THE MOST ADVANCED MUSTANG SOLD IN AUSTRALIA

New technologies for Mustang include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT racecar, that you can customise your way. A first for Mustang, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views. Mustang owners can customise the displays for Normal, Sport and Track modes and choose settings including colour and gauge layout.

In conjunction with the new display, all-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences, for next time they get behind the wheel.

The new Mustang is so customisable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailoring the exhaust note for every occasion.

The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control, while Track Apps record the action behind the wheel for driving development and satisfaction.

On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabiliser bars bring sharper response and handling.

For the first time, MagneRide™ damper technology is an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the MagneRide™ damping system allows automatic adjustment of each corner – up to 1,000 times per second – enabling better responsiveness and lateral performance.

The 2018 Mustang also benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technology (DAT). Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection as standard, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist. Mustang also benefits from Auto-levelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, further reducing the driver’s workload.

Ford SYNC® 3i is standard on 2018 Mustang, which includes Emergency Assist. Emergency Assist automatically calls emergency services for faster response times in the event of a road traffic collision. SYNC® 3 also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii compatibility at no extra cost, as well as an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera display.

THE FASTEST MUSTANG. EVER.

Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, with more power and the ability to rev higher than any Mustang GT before.

The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard. This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.

A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. With a wide-ratio span and optimised gear spacing, this all-new transmission helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.

The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.

2018 Ford Mustang Line-up

  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990 MLP 
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual) $62,990 MLP
  • Ford Mustang GT Fastback (automatic) $66,259 MLP incl LCT
  • Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $74,709 MLP incl LCT

2018 Ford Mustang – Key Factory Options

  • OTT Stripes – black $650
  • OTT Stripes (Fastback only) – white $650
  • Single-wing rear spoiler (Fastback only) $750
  • Recaro leather seats (Fastback only) $3,000
  • 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloys (EcoBoost only) $500
  • 19-inch Forged alloys (GT Only) $2,500
  • MagneRide™ Suspension $2,750

i Not all SYNC® 3 features are compatible with all phones. For compatibility, see ford.com.au/sync.
ii Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. Both require phones with compatible versions of Apple iOS and Android™ (respectively), active data service and genuine USB cable (available separately). Message and data rates may apply. SYNC® does not control Apple CarPlay or Android Auto while in use; Apple Inc and Android™ (respectively) are responsible for their functionality. Warning: Local laws prohibit some or all of the text messaging functions while driving. Check your local road rules before using these functions.

Leading independent vehicle safety advocate, the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), released a much anticipated safety rating for the high-selling and iconic sports car, the Ford Mustang. The Mustang scored a 2 star ANCAP safety rating.

“This result is simply shocking for such a newly designed and popular model,” said ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, James Goodwin. “The safety of adult occupants, child occupants and the ability to avoid a crash all form the basis of our ratings and the Mustang falls short in each of these areas,”

“There’s strong consumer expectation that a new vehicle will be 5 stars and a sports car is no different – safety should never be compromised,” he said.

The Ford Mustang rating is limited to 2 stars due to its poor performance in three of the four areas of assessment – Adult Occupant Protection, Child Occupant Protection and Safety Assist. The poorest performing area of assessment was Safety Assist with the Mustang scoring 2 points out of a possible 12 points (16 per cent).

“It’s disappointing speed assistance systems, lane support systems, autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning and rear seat belt reminders are all missing from the Mustang,” Goodwin said. “Of concern, the full width frontal test showed a risk of serious head, chest and leg injury for the rear passenger. There was also insufficient inflation of both the driver and front passenger airbags in the frontal offset test which allowed the driver’s head to contact the steering wheel and the passenger’s head to contact the dashboard,”

“The driver’s door opened in the pole test, and whiplash protection for rear-end collisions was marginal,”

“This rating is not intended to shock or surprise – it simply presents the safety of this car against that of its contemporary competitors,”

“This rating should not come as a surprise to Ford as we maintain strong relationships with vehicle brands and they are informed on the development of our protocols. I would encourage Ford to swiftly introduce design and production changes to improve its safety performance,” Goodwin added.

Ford partnered with its ambassador of Service, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, to introduce the new Mustang – the company’s most advanced Mustang ever.

A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide™ suspension technology. Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster.

“The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.”

Ford tapped Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world by giving one of the first models available to a deserving member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube, Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million ‘likes.’

Technology for greater personalization

Mustang makes available Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. This all-new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences.

The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range.

For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. Customers can feel more confident than ever behind the wheel with new features like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System.

Ford SYNC® Connect with FordPass™ is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass® app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car for ultimate convenience.

Ultimate performance

Performance is at the core of Mustang DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering for the ultimate fun-to-drive experience. On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling.

MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations.

The proven 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-litre V6. Using Ford’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang, torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration.

Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency.

The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.

A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance.

Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control.

Energy in the design

Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. For the first time the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps.

The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. Dual-tip exhaust is standard for EcoBoost® Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust.

With a dozen available alloy wheel designs and fresh exterior color choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury – enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after.

Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional.

Ford’s most advanced Mustang ever goes on sale in North America this fall.

Loaded with innovative technologies and delivering high levels of performance and style, the all-new Mustang is the next chapter in the life of one of the world’s most iconic cars.

“Ford Mustang truly inspires passion like no other car and it has the iconic history to back it up,” according to Graeme Whickman, Ford President and CEO. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonates with people, even if they’ve never driven one. It is more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford and with 4,000 orders in Australia, it proves that Ford customers love Mustang and have been waiting for its return. Mustang also provides a logical step in the Ford Performance story, which includes the Fiesta ST, Focus ST and soon, Focus RS. Of course we cannot discuss performance without including the Falcon XR series sedans as well.”

Mustang’s impact goes well beyond the 9 million-plus cars sold in its 50 years of continuous production. It has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games, and is the world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook. The return of the Mustang to Australia is part of a global plan for the Fastback and Convertible.

The arrival of Mustang continues Ford’s transformation story. Ford is refreshing its Australian line-up faster than ever with 20 vehicles planned by 2020. Ford also is the only car manufacturer that will continue to fully develop vehicles in Australia with on-going plans to continue to invest heavily in R&D in 2016 on top of nearly $2 billion the past six years.

 “Many people think the auto industry is closing in Australia, but Ford’s billions of dollars of R&D investment locally and launch of world-class vehicles such as Mustang demonstrate our commitment to serving our customers and communities,” Whickman said.

The arrival of Mustang comes on the back of an aggressive 2015 product onslaught that has included:

  • 2015 Ranger: Quickly becoming an award-winning pickup with the features, content and safety customers expect. The Ranger PX MkII has built its momentum after cutting Toyota HiLux’s sales lead by more than 40 per cent since 2011
  • 2015 LZ Focus: Featuring a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost powerplant, refreshed exterior and interior, the LZ Focus is receiving critical acclaim by the country’s leading auto media
  • 2015 Mondeo: Featuring powerful EcoBoost technology, the Mondeo also has a raft of key driver assistance technologies as well as bringing the company’s world-first Inflatable Rear Seatbelts to Australia, which is standard across the Mondeo range
  • All-New Ford Everest: The Australian designed and engineered Everest is a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV

The Mustang experience

The way Mustang looks, drives and sounds is key to the visceral experience that makes drivers just want to get in the driver’s seat and hit the road. Australian customers can choose between either a four or eight-cylinder engine. It’s the first time a powerful four cylinder has been offered in the iconic car. With either a state-of-the-art 2.3-litre EcoBoost or 5.0-litre V8 available for customers, there is a Mustang to fit any lifestyle. The Mustang’s EcoBoost engine uses direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging to deliver plenty of usable performance across a broad RPM range. A unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing enable it to deliver the performance Mustang drivers expect with 233 kW and 432 Nm of torque*.

The EcoBoost engine delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to, with a broad, flat torque curve that pours out when you stand on it for easy passing or hustling down a twisty road.

Mustang GT continues with the latest edition of the throaty 5.0-litre V8, now featuring an upgraded valve-train and cylinder heads that help boost output to 306 kW and 530 Nm of torque*. A new intake manifold features charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. This increases the air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing resulting in improved efficiency and idle stability. Drivers will appreciate smoother shifts from the updated manual gearbox, while a reworked six-speed automatic transmission features new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles for drivers who want the choice between convenience and control.

All-new shape, yet unmistakably Mustang

The clean-sheet design of both Mustang Fastback and Convertible evokes the essential character of the brand, retaining key design elements – including the long sculpted bonnet and short rear deck – with contemporary execution. Several key design features define the all-new Mustang, including:

  • A lower, wider stance with a reduction in roof height, and wider rear mudguards and track
  • The return of Mustang Fastback with a sleeker profile enabled by more steeply sloped windshield and rear glass
  • Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps
  • Contemporary execution of the signature shark-bite front fascia and trapezoidal grille

The information and controls an active driver needs are all readily accessible in the aviation-inspired cockpit, which is executed with the highest degree of craftsmanship ever found in a Mustang. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomier cabin, while improved ergonomics and tactile switches and knobs provide better control. The added width and a new rear suspension contribute to improved packaging and shoulder and hip room for rear-seat passengers, and a more usefully shaped boot that can accommodate two golf bags.

Slipping through the air

Design and performance are two of the essential attributes that have made Mustang appeal to millions of fans for five decades. Performance can be improved by increasing the output of the powerplant or reducing the amount of work it has to do. The sleeker shape of the all-new Mustang helps it slip through the air with less effort. Each of Mustang’s two available engines gets a unique grille that allows in only as much air as that specific powerplant needs.

Carving up the curves

When the road becomes demanding, the all-new Mustang sets handling benchmarks for the brand, delivering world-class dynamics and ride quality. Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps to stiffen the structure while reducing mass, providing a better foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride. The new double-ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of larger, more powerful brakes.

The all-new Mustang has the most capable brake lineup ever offered on a Mustang. At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminum rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

Smarter than your average pony

The all-new Mustang features a significant amount of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it. From Smart Keyless Entry with Push Button Start to SYNC2 and MyKey in every Mustang built, plus standard Track Apps™, drivers will be able to customise their time behind the wheel. The feeling of freedom and confidence Mustang instills in its drivers is amplified when they can take control of how the car behaves.

On a twisty back road or a weekend track day, the driver can tap the toggle switches on the console to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response, and transmission and electronic stability control settings using the four available Selectable Drive Modes – Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet to create the perfect Mustang experience at any time.

Each setting activates predefined powertrain and chassis calibrations suited to that particular driving situation:

  • Normal mode delivers a balance of comfort and responsive handling for an engaging driving experience
  • Sport+ mode provides a more responsive steering and throttle response, plus different shift points if your Mustang is equipped with the SelectShift* automatic transmission
  • Track mode is designed for the motor enthusiast who occasionally hits the track when pure performance is desired. It produces a more powerful engine sound and provides a performance driving experience by allowing the engine to respond directly to the driver
  • Snow/Wet mode comes in handy when road conditions take a turn for the worse, providing a connected-to-the-road feel without sacrificing any of the inherent composure of the Mustang

The advanced new Ford-developed stability control system is tuned to maximise Mustang’s dynamic capabilities. Debuting on the all-new Mustang is SYNC2 with Emergency Assistance as standard.

More airbags, more high-strength steel

An all-new inflatable airbag restraint design provides the front seat passenger with knee airbag protection while significantly reducing system size and weight, enabling a roomier interior for more comfort. This new knee airbag is part of a standard comprehensive safety system that includes a more robust package of sensors and seatbelt anchor pretensioners. Mustang also features the widespread use of high-strength steels in its construction.

*Performance data measured using premium fuel 95-98 RON

The Pony is poised to accelerate out of the starting gate and take on Australian roads as Ford’s iconic Mustang arrives in Australia. The first customer cars have now landed in the country, arriving at Melbourne’s Appleton Dock. Three more ships carrying customer cars are expected within days. The new Mustang has become a world-wide sensation, including Australia, where demand has exceeded all expectations.

Ford and its dealers across Australia have been inundated with inquiries and demand for the all-new Mustang Fastback and Convertible, with the order bank for one of the world’s most recognisable cars now sitting around 4,000 vehicles with more than 80 per cent paid deposits. These orders account for the first full year of vehicles to be sold in Australia through 2016.

“We are simply overwhelmed and humbled by the reception to Mustang thus far, which is probably our closest equivalent to the Beatles first trip to Australia,” Ford President and CEO, Graeme Whickman said. “The Mustang also punctuates a landmark year for Ford where we launched a huge number of new vehicles – including the Australian-designed and developed Everest SUV and Ranger – while investing more locally than any other automaker with more than $300 million in R&D alone.”

After Mustang pricing was confirmed early this year, Ford saw a spike in interest and deposits, with more than 20,000 people putting their hands up to be kept informed about the new car.

“Our Mustang story has been one of the core vehicles in all our activities this year as a halo for the brand. We put a Mustang Convertible on top of one of the key buildings in Circular Quay in Sydney next to the Sydney Opera House for New Year’s eve celebrations and the images of that car went around the world,” Whickman said. Like North America, overwhelming early interest has been in the V8 GT models, with 86 per cent of customers favouring the V8. However, once the initial order banks are filled, Ford expects the EcoBoost models to be popular with customers who value performance but have an eye on fuel efficiency.

A similar situation surrounds the Fastback and Convertible split. There has also been more initial demand for the Fastback over Convertible, with around 88 per cent of Australian customers opting for the Fastback. Visually, the all-new Mustang is unmistakable in its clean-sheet design. It has kept its classic shape, with a long sculpted hood and short rear deck, but with contemporary changes.

Several key design features define the new Ford Mustang, including:

  • A low roof height and wide stance
  • Sleek profile enabled by steeply sloped windscreen and rear glass
  • Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps
  • Contemporary execution of the iconic car’s signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia

The arrival of Mustang continues Ford’s transformation story. Ford is refreshing its Australian line-up faster than ever with 20 vehicles planned by 2020. The 2015 new product onslaught has included:

  • 2015 Ranger: Quickly becoming an award-winning pickup with the features, content and safety customers expect. The Ranger PX MkII has built its momentum after cutting Toyota Hilux’s sales lead by more than 40 per cent since 2011
  • 2015 LZ Focus: Featuring a new 1.5-litre EcoBoost powerplant, refreshed exterior and interior, the LZ Focus is receiving critical acclaim by the country’s leading auto media
  • 2015 Mondeo: Featuring powerful EcoBoost technology, the Mondeo also has a raft of key driver assistance technologies as well as the company’s world-first new Inflatable Rear Seatbelts, which is standard across the Mondeo range
  • All-New Ford Everest: The Australian designed and engineered Everest is a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV

More than 2,000 Ford customers have now placed deposits for the highly anticipated Mustang Fastback and Convertible, which are being ordered in both the muscle car’s legendary V8 performance version and the first-ever EcoBoost engine that will provide the power of a bigger engine in a smaller, more efficient package. Not surprisingly, auto enthusiasts are lining up to be the first in line as the overwhelming choice has been for the Mustang GT automatic Fastback 5.0-litre V8 engine model, which currently makes up to 42 per cent of total orders. “We are so excited to launch Mustang in Australia and see how people respond to its iconic, magical looks and performance,” said Graeme Whickman, President and CEO, Ford of Australia. “Just like in America, we are seeing great early demand for the V8 GT models. But, we think the EcoBoost model will be a bigger seller longer term and help sustain sales longer than most performance cars as people see its great combination of performance and fuel economy.”

Interest has been high for the car for months so Ford launched a first-of-its-kind early dealer ordering system as the company recently confirmed pricing, specifications and colour options. Indeed, orders started to flood into dealerships across the country with paid deposits well before the car launches later this year. Several Mustang enthusiasts, including members of the various State-based Mustang clubs, have also ordered more than one variant of the famous car. One customer has six orders to his name while a sportscar rental company has placed an order for 20, the biggest single order so far. “The buyer response for the 2015 Ford Mustang has been extraordinary,” said David Blackwood, Dealer Principal of the Bayford Group in Victoria.

“As soon as Ford announced Mustang was coming to Australia (in December 2013) our phones started ringing. A few customers even made deposits before pricing and specifications were confirmed. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. And, it’s opened doors for us to have conversations with potential owners about the broader Ford range, like our first-class SUV line-up, as well.” Australian customers overwhelmingly have favoured Race Red as the most popular colour choice, followed up Absolute Black and Magnetic.  Ford also confirmed the Performance Pack will come standard for all Mustang models. This package includes “K Brace” under the bonnet to secure the suspension strut towers to the bulkhead; unique chassis tuning; upsized rear sway bar on the Fastback and heavy duty front springs.

Performance Pack Features

  • K Brace
  • Unique Chassis Tuning
  • Upsized Rear Sway Bar (Fastback)
  • Heavy Duty Front Springs

2.3-litre EcoBoost

  • 3.55 Limited slip rear differential for Automatic transmission
  • 3.31 Limited slip rear differential for Manual transmission
  • 19 x 9 inch Ebony Black Painted Alloy Wheels 255/40 R19

5.0-litre V8

  • 3.55 Limited slip rear differential
  • Front – 19 x 9 inch Ebony Black Painted Alloy Wheels 255/40 R19
  • Rear – 19 x 9.5 inch Ebony Black Painted Alloy Wheels 275/40 R19

The Mustang has a recommended Manufacturers’ List Price* (MLP) starting at $44,990 for the six-speed manual transmission Fastback, which features a high performance 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. A six-speed automatic is a $2,500 option. The range topper is the six-speed automatic GT 5.0-litre V8 Convertible, which has an MLP of $63,990. Visually, the all-new Mustang is unmistakable in its clean-sheet design. It has kept its classic shape, with a long sculpted hood and short rear deck, but with contemporary changes.

Several key design features define the new Ford Mustang, including:

  • A low roof height and wide stance
  • Sleek profile enabled by steeply sloped windscreen and rear glass
  • Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps
  • Contemporary execution of the iconic car’s signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia

Alongside those enthusiasts who have already ordered their car, more than 20,000 Australians have put up their hands to be kept informed by Ford on any material that comes out surrounding the release of the iconic Pony car. The enthusiasm for the Mustang in Australia mirrors what has occurred globally. As the range is rolled out in other markets, customers are queueing to get their hands on the iconic car.

Ford has announced sharp pricing for the all-new Ford Mustang Fastback and Convertible. The all-new Mustang arrives later this year with a recommended Manufacturers’ List Price* starting at $44,990 for the six-speed Getrag manual transmission Fastback, which features a high performance 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. A six-speed automatic is a $2,500 option. The range topper is the six-speed automatic GT 5.0-litre V8 Convertible, which has an MLP of $63,990. “With such sharp pricing, we’re signaling that there’s a new Ford performance car coming and we intend to grab our rightful share of enthusiasts who value style, technology, performance and the history that the Mustang name brings,” says Graeme Whickman, Vice President Marketing, Sales and Service. “It’s a technologically advanced car without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations. Ford already holds around 1,200 orders for the Mustang Fastback and Convertible. More than 15,000 fans and intending buyers have also requested more information about the car via the Ford website.

Customers will initially be able to option their Mustang I4 and GT Fastback with OTT racing stripes and black painted roof, 19-inch Premium Wheels with Lustre Nickel finish on the GT and prestige paint. The clean-sheet design of both Ford Mustang Fastback and Convertible evokes the essential character of the vehicle, retaining key design elements of the classic Mustangs recognisable to car fans everywhere, including the long sculpted hood and short rear deck, with a contemporary execution. Several key design features define the new Ford Mustang, including:

  • A low roof height and wide stance
  • Sleek profile enabled by steeply sloped windscreen and rear glass
  • Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps
  • Contemporary execution of the iconic car’s signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia

Ford Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car an upscale appearance and a quiet cabin. The top has a sleek profile when folded for open-air motoring. Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomy cabin with an aviation-inspired cockpit, while ergonomic and tactile switches and knobs provide control. The vehicle’s width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and a usefully shaped bootspace that can accommodate two golf bags.

A Mustang for the true driving enthusiast

The new Ford Mustang features all-new front and rear suspensions. At the front, a new perimeter sub-frame helps to stiffen the front structure while reducing mass, providing a strong foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride. The new double ball-joint front MacPherson strut system also enables the use of large, powerful brakes. Both 2.3-litre EcoBoost and V8-powered GT Mustang models will feature performance brake packages behind standard 19-inch wheels. At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application. New aluminium rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.

The new Mustang features a significant number of innovative technologies providing drivers with enhanced information, control, and connectivity when they want it. Like other Fords, the Mustang will feature high levels of connectivity via Ford’s SYNC2 system. Ford’s advanced infotainment system features a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and advanced voice control for easier access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones.

Mustang Highlights

2.3-litre EcoBoost

Engine and Transmission

  • 233 kW / 432 Nm 2.3-litre GTDi EcoBoost engine
  • Aluminium block and heads with integrated exhaust manifold
  • DOHC, four valves per cylinder, Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing
  • Twin scroll turbocharger
  • Balance Shaft for smooth operation
  • 6-speed Getrag manual transmission (standard)
  • 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters (optional)
  • Rear-drive with Limited Slip Differential
  • Suspension – front; Double ball-joint independent MacPherson strut and tubular stabiliser bar
  • Suspension – rear; Integral-link independent with coil springs, solid stabiliser bar and twin-tube dampers (2.3-litre EcoBoost)
  • Brakes; Four-wheel power disc brakes with four-sensor, four channel anti-lock braking system and AdvanceTrac™ Dynamic Stability Control
  • Brakes – front; 352 x 32 mm ventilated discs, four-piston 46 mm fixed aluminium calipers (2.3-litre EcoBoost)
  • Brakes – rear; 330 x 25 mm ventilated discs, single-piston 45 mm floating iron calipers, integral parking brake
  • Steering – Electric power-assisted steering with rack-and-pinion gear
  • Steering ratio – 16:1
  • Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) 12.2 m

Exterior standard features

  • 19” Ebony Black Painted Alloy Wheels (255/40 R19 tyres front, rear)
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Stainless Steel dual exhaust
  • Rear Diffuser
  • HID headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Fog Lamps
  • Daytime Running Lights (DTRL)
  • Mirrors – Heated, body coloured, Dual Power with Integrated Turn Signals
  • Pony Projection Lights
  • Rain Sensing Wipers

Interior

  • Dual Zone Climate Control
  • Satellite Navigation
  • Automatic on-off headlights
  • Floor mats (front and rear)
  • Electric front and rear windows with one-touch lowering/close front windows (driver and passenger)
  • Height-and-reach adjustable leather steering wheel
  • Steering wheel mounted cruise and audio controls
  • Leather-wrapped parking brake
  • Illuminated visors – driver and passenger
  • Intelligent Access with Push Button Start
  • Auto Dimming Rear view mirror
  • Aluminium-faced Foot Pedals
  • Ambient Lighting
  • Illuminated Scuff Plates

Seats

  • Driver and Passenger Climate Controlled Premium Leather (heated and cooled)
  • 6-way Power Driver’s Seat and Power Lumbar support

Infotainment

  • SYNC2® with Emergency Assistance
  • High-resolution 8” Colour Touch Screen
  • Bluetooth mobile phone integration
  • iPod integration
  • USB integration
  • 9-speaker Sounds System with Amplifier

Safety and Security

  • MyKey™
  • AdvanceTrac® with Dynamic Stability Control
  • Driver and passenger side airbags
  • Dual Front airbags
  • Driver Knee airbag
  • Active Glovebox Knee Airbag (front passenger)
  • Rearview Camera
  • Illuminated Entry
  • Securilock® Passive Anti-Theft (PATS)
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

GT 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8

Additional equipment above 2.3-litre EcoBoost

Engine

  • 303 kW / 525 Nm 5.0-litre Ti-CVT V8^
  • Aluminium block and heads
  • DOHC, four valves per cylinder, Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing

Brakes

  • 380 x 34 mm vented front discs, Brembo six-piston 36 mm fixed aluminium calipers

Tyres and Wheels

  • Front 19 x 9 inch Ebony Black Painted Alloy wheels 255/40 R19
  • Rear 19 x 9.5 inch Ebony Black Painted Alloy wheels 275/40 R19

More than nine million Mustangs have been sold since it was first launched in 1964. The world’s most-liked vehicle on Facebook, Mustang has made thousands of appearances in film, television, music and video games.

Model

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (MLP) 2

I4 2.3-litre EcoBoost

 

Fastback MT

$44,990

Fastback AT

$47,490

Convertible AT

$53,990

GT 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8

 

Fastback MT

$54,990

Fastback AT

$57,490

Convertible AT

$63,990

 

Options (RPO)

Recommended Manufacturer List Price (MLP) 2

‘Over the top’ Racing Stripes*

$650

Black Painted Roof**

$975

19” Premium Wheel with Luster Nickel Finish***

$500

Prestige paint

$500

* Not available with Black Painted Roof, Convertible models only available with Ebony Stripe
** Not available with ‘Over the top’ Racing Stripes or Convertible models
*** Only available on GT 5.0l V8 models

2This is the Manufacturer’s List Price for the vehicle only. A number of other components, including a dealer delivery fee, stamp duty, registration, compulsory third party insurance and other statutory charges may be payable by a customer in relation to the purchase of this vehicle. The final transaction price will be as negotiated by the customer with their chosen Dealer.
2Recommended Manufacturer's List Prices only. Prices shown include GST. The actual selling price for options and accessories (fitted or unfitted) is at the dealers’ discretion.
^Power figures measured using premium fuel (95 RON)