New 2023 Ford Mustang: 5 things you need to know

New 2023 Ford Mustang: 5 things you need to know

Ford’s muscle car is gearing up for a new generation

The Mustang is one of Ford’s most iconic models. First debuting in 1964, it’s dominated the muscle car segment for decades, and even more so in recent years when it’s been expanded into further global markets.

Amassing more than 10 million sales in its 58-year production run, the Mustang remains a hit, and it’s now returning for a new generation. As, while Ford is putting lots of effort into its EV and hybrid offensive, it’s not giving up just yet on its fantastic petrol engines. Here’s what you need to know about the new seventh generation.

It retains the brilliant V8 engine

With many manufacturers looking to downsize engines due to emissions regulations, there was a fear that Ford might have to abandon its legendary 5.0-litre V8 engine. But it thankfully remains, and there’s even the option of a six-speed manual gearbox alongside a 10-speed automatic. 

Though Ford hasn’t revealed the power and performance details of the new Mustang, we can expect improvements on the account of the changes that Ford has made. These include a new air induction system with dual air intakes, along with advanced driver settings that can tailor the performance capabilities of the car to the particular scenario. 

Digitalised interior

One of the biggest changes on the new Mustang is the interior, which gets a true tech makeover. Behind a new flat-bottomed steering wheel sits a new 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster that is customisable according to the selected driving mode. 

This runs seamlessly into a 13.2-inch Sync 4 infotainment system, angled towards the driver, featuring over-the-air updates as standard to ensure it can be constantly improved. 

It still looks like a Mustang

Ford hasn’t messed too much with the way this muscle car looks, and it’s still immediately identifiable as a ‘Mustang’, featuring many cues that are influenced by the original 1960s model. 

These include a new three-section bonnet and striking LED headlights, while the broad stance and shortened rear overhang are other changes that are authentic to the classic model. Each trim level also gets a unique look to set it apart, with the GT model, for example, getting a wider grille. 

Impressive level of safety kit on offer

Despite the performance focus of the Mustang, Ford is still making safety a priority on its new muscle car, with a design optimised to be as safe for occupants as possible. 

Coming equipped with the firm’s next-generation safety assists, it has a level of kit that could rival many SUVs. These include intelligent adaptive cruise control, lane centring assist and reverse brake assist. There’s even a system that adjusts the suspension accordingly if someone hits a pothole. 

Track-focused Dark Horse model brings extra

Another addition to the new Ford Mustang line-up is the Dark Horse model. Designed for those that want to take their car out onto the track, it gets a power boost, while Ford has also improved the aero, tyres and steering to maximise feel behind the wheel. 

Large Brembo brakes are also included, as well as Ford’s superb MagneRide active suspension setup. There’s also an ‘electronic drift brake’ that maximises the Mustang’s rear-wheel-drive capability on the track.

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