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06-10-2022 | Drivetrain | News | Article

Seventh Generation Ford Mustang Back with a V8

Author: Patrick Schäfer

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Ford has introduced the new Mustang: With classic design, enhanced V8 engine, manual transmission, as a convertible and coupe. In addition, there will be a racing version called "Dark Horse". 

Ford has presented the seventh generation of the Ford Mustang at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2022. The design of the Pony Car has undergone evolutionary development. The hood, for example, remains classically divided into three parts. Under the sharp horizontal edge sit new and narrower LED headlights with three-part daytime running lights. The sportier GT version gets larger air cooling vents. In the side view, the rear sweep emphasizes the muscular design language, while the classic, three-part lights make the rear of the Pony Car unmistakable. The convertible version comes with a fully lined soft top that opens and closes at the touch of a button. For motorsports enthusiasts, Ford offers the Mustang in the “Dark Horse” version with racing suspension, efficient aerodynamics and a more powerful V8 engine. 

The interior is partially equipped with leather. In the cockpit, the instrument cluster and infotainment screen are combined in one module under one glass. The 12.4" display for the driver offers individually adjustable layouts. Directly adjacent to this is the 13.2" touchscreen of the Ford Sync 4 infotainment system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, wireless smartphone charging and a sound system from Bang & Olufsen are all on board as standard. Driver assistance systems include traffic sign recognition, intelligent adaptive cruise control with stop & go function, lane center assist, avoidance assist and reverse brake assist.

Further developed V8 engine

The naturally aspirated 5.0-l V8 engine is from the new Generation IV family. A new intake system with dual air intakes and dual throttle bodies is designed to increase air flow and reduce intake losses. Further technical data are not yet known. Power is transmitted via a six-speed manual or a ten-speed automatic. In the GT model, the manual transmission comes with automatic rev matching that keeps maximum torque from dropping during gear changes. The standard Performance Package also includes 19" alloy wheels, a differential lock on the rear axle, and a flapper exhaust system.

Six adjustable drive modes are available to the driver, from Normal, Sport, Smooth, Drag (Launch Control) and Race Track to a freely configurable Individual mode. The cornering dynamics of the new Mustang are said to have been improved by a shorter steering ratio. In addition, the adaptive MagnaRide suspension reduces body movements. The braking system is supplied by Brembo. 

Ford Mustang to be available in Germany in 2023

"Investing in a new generation Mustang is a big statement at a time when many of our competitors are exiting the internal combustion vehicle business," said Jim Farley, CEO of Ford Motor Company. "However, at Ford, we are accelerating our growth plan with internal combustion vehicles by adding connected technology and hybrid options to our most profitable and popular model lines – all in the 'Ford Blue' family – in addition to investing approximately 50 billion dollars in electric vehicle development through 2026." The new Ford Mustang is also expected to be available to order in Germany from late summer 2023.

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