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Yesterday, I went to see the first showroom Mustang in Stockholm. What a beautiful machine. It felt so nice when the salesman slid up to us and said 'Quite a machine, eh?', and I replied 'Yeah I know. Mine's being built on Monday...'

Enjoy the photos. I tried to focus on some of the Euro-specific details. For all you Americans out there wondering what the difference might be :)

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UPDATED AGAIN WITH TEST DRIVE PHOTOS:

 

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So, I went for a little test drive yesterday. I've copy-pasted this from an article I'm writing, so forgive the formatting.

Images can be found here:


Impressions below, obviously as a Focus RS driver I am comparing it to the car I know best, so bear with me on that:

- The Mustang feels HUGE on European roads. It's like a freaking battleship. Because of the front end being so long and so far in front of you, and how low you sit in the car, it feels like looking down a runway. Because of that I found I had very little confidence as to where the front wheels were at any given time. Compared to my Focus, it felt twice as big. On the other hand, that view of the hood was intoxicatingly wonderful.

- The sound is incredible. I know that outside the car it can sound tame (and it does), but the sound pipe really does its bit, and when you get on the gas you get an immediate surge of 'VRAAAAP!' V8 sound which is hard to not instantly fall in love with. My very favorite thing about the car.

- The steering is VERY light in every mode. I tried Comfort, Normal and Sport, and honestly I couldn't feel the difference. The car felt very detached from the road and 'rubberized' as Harris put it. Even in Sport, it felt like a ship's steering wheel, which I could just get spinning with a throw of the arm. Quite disappointing.

- The brakes are INCREDIBLE. The feeling in the brake pedal is great and the car drops anchors like nothing else. The four-pot Brembos on my RS are well and truly shamed, the brakes on the Mustang are second to none.

- The interior was a revelation. It felt truly luxurious, to the point where I didnt' really feel like I was in a 'sports car' or 'race car for the road', but rather in a luxury coupe - which I think is the point here. Everything was nice and tight, the leather was soft, the metal was shiny and the instruments felt 'expensive' (compared to the Focus interior, anyway). The backup camera was an absolute wonder. The only real disappointment was the steering wheel, which felt thin, underpadded, and acutely 'unsporty'.

- The suspension is REALLY soft. I don't know how 'performance' this performance package is, but it felt more like an American cruiser like the Mercury Marauder I drove a few years back, than it does like a tight and hooked-up hot hatchback. When you get on the gas, it rears up like a horse, though, which is intoxicating, just not very communicative
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- The gearbox is a joy. The ball is right where you want it, and the snickety shift action is a real treat. I really do think auto owners are missing out on the physical sensation of this gear shift mechanism, which is really satisfying (and that's compared to the RS's clickety-click rifle-bolt-precise gears, so that's saying a lot).

- The power was a little underwhelming. 420-ish horsepower should feel like an occasion, like you put your foot down and the world goes backwards. And it just didn't. It accelerated, but it was like flying really fast in a plane - you're going fast but you don't FEEL like you are. I don't know, it left me a bit cold. Compared to the lag-lag-lag-lag-HOLY****BOOOST!!! of the RS it just felt too tamed, too civilized and too controlled.

Overall, the Mustang didn't feel like a very powerful car, or, at least, didn't feel like an over-powered one. I couldn't get it to oversteer in a roundabout in second gear with simple throttle application like you can with an E92 M3 for instance (tried in both Sport+ and Track mode). The lack of steering feel combined with the softness of the suspension and the size of the landing deck in front of me meant I had no confidence in the front end, compared to the darty and precise steering of the RS.

So, my conclusion is that the Mustang is definitely NOT a sports car - it's too soft, too numb and too uncommunicative. The Mustang is also NOT a muscle car, it doesn't feel like it has enough power to really bring that visceral 'American Muscle' feeling of acceleration.

What the Mustang is, is a really well-appointed, well put together, comfortable, quiet, civilized and controlled luxury coupe cruiser. It looks after you, takes care of you, and protects you. Everything you move and touch has a well engineered, insulated but luxurious feel. The car manages to provide you with just enough power, sound and experience to feel like you're paying a lot more than you are, and sitting on a lot more power than you are.

The Mustang, it seems, has grown up. And do you know what? That's OK. Because I have too.
 

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So, I went for a little test drive yesterday. I've copy-pasted this from an article I'm writing, so forgive the formatting.

Images can be found here:


Impressions below, obviously as a Focus RS driver I am comparing it to the car I know best, so bear with me on that:

- The Mustang feels HUGE on European roads. It's like a freaking battleship. Because of the front end being so long and so far in front of you, and how low you sit in the car, it feels like looking down a runway. Because of that I found I had very little confidence as to where the front wheels were at any given time. Compared to my Focus, it felt twice as big. On the other hand, that view of the hood was intoxicatingly wonderful.

- The sound is incredible. I know that outside the car it can sound tame (and it does), but the sound pipe really does its bit, and when you get on the gas you get an immediate surge of 'VRAAAAP!' V8 sound which is hard to not instantly fall in love with. My very favorite thing about the car.

- The steering is VERY light in every mode. I tried Comfort, Normal and Sport, and honestly I couldn't feel the difference. The car felt very detached from the road and 'rubberized' as Harris put it. Even in Sport, it felt like a ship's steering wheel, which I could just get spinning with a throw of the arm. Quite disappointing.

- The brakes are INCREDIBLE. The feeling in the brake pedal is great and the car drops anchors like nothing else. The four-pot Brembos on my RS are well and truly shamed, the brakes on the Mustang are second to none.

- The interior was a revelation. It felt truly luxurious, to the point where I didnt' really feel like I was in a 'sports car' or 'race car for the road', but rather in a luxury coupe - which I think is the point here. Everything was nice and tight, the leather was soft, the metal was shiny and the instruments felt 'expensive' (compared to the Focus interior, anyway). The backup camera was an absolute wonder. The only real disappointment was the steering wheel, which felt thin, underpadded, and acutely 'unsporty'.

- The suspension is REALLY soft. I don't know how 'performance' this performance package is, but it felt more like an American cruiser like the Mercury Marauder I drove a few years back, than it does like a tight and hooked-up hot hatchback. When you get on the gas, it rears up like a horse, though, which is intoxicating, just not very communicative
wink.gif


- The gearbox is a joy. The ball is right where you want it, and the snickety shift action is a real treat. I really do think auto owners are missing out on the physical sensation of this gear shift mechanism, which is really satisfying (and that's compared to the RS's clickety-click rifle-bolt-precise gears, so that's saying a lot).

- The power was a little underwhelming. 420-ish horsepower should feel like an occasion, like you put your foot down and the world goes backwards. And it just didn't. It accelerated, but it was like flying really fast in a plane - you're going fast but you don't FEEL like you are. I don't know, it left me a bit cold. Compared to the lag-lag-lag-lag-HOLY****BOOOST!!! of the RS it just felt too tamed, too civilized and too controlled.

Overall, the Mustang didn't feel like a very powerful car, or, at least, didn't feel like an over-powered one. I couldn't get it to oversteer in a roundabout in second gear with simple throttle application like you can with an E92 M3 for instance (tried in both Sport+ and Track mode). The lack of steering feel combined with the softness of the suspension and the size of the landing deck in front of me meant I had no confidence in the front end, compared to the darty and precise steering of the RS.

So, my conclusion is that the Mustang is definitely NOT a sports car - it's too soft, too numb and too uncommunicative. The Mustang is also NOT a muscle car, it doesn't feel like it has enough power to really bring that visceral 'American Muscle' feeling of acceleration.

What the Mustang is, is a really well-appointed, well put together, comfortable, quiet, civilized and controlled luxury coupe cruiser. It looks after you, takes care of you, and protects you. Everything you move and touch has a well engineered, insulated but luxurious feel. The car manages to provide you with just enough power, sound and experience to feel like you're paying a lot more than you are, and sitting on a lot more power than you are.

The Mustang, it seems, has grown up. And do you know what? That's OK. Because I have too.
Nice write up Andi :nice: and great photos

Really cant wait to get mine,only another 12 months to wait :facepalm: .Even though i've only ordered the 2.3
 

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Nice write up Andi, you've picked up on lot of points dead on, completely agree with you :nice: with exception of interior quality part, but It's a personal preference I guess, especially if you are comparing it with Mk1Rs.
Enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
 

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Really cant wait to get mine,only another 12 months to wait :facepalm: .Even though i've only ordered the 2.3
Don't knock the Ecoboost! It's powering the new RS after all :D - but honestly, I don't think you'll be disappointed. Much of what I'm saying about the v8 doesn't really have to do with the v8 (apart from the soundtrack), so I'm sure you'll be impressed by the car.

Nice write up Andi, you've picked up on lot of points dead on, completely agree with you :nice: with exception of interior quality part, but It's a personal preference I guess, especially if you are comparing it with Mk1Rs.
Enjoyed reading it, thanks for sharing :thumbsup:
Thanks a lot! Yeah I did try to be thorough and really assess the car from a critical perspective, rather than just going 'omg omg' for half an hour. And yes, love my Mk1 as I may, I can't deny that it's hard to not be impressed and floored by anything that wasn't designed in the mid-1990s :laughing: :facepalm:

Jokes aside though, I really did like the switchwork and the general 'feel' of the interior.
 
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