With April 17 marking the 50th anniversary of its introduction, 2014 will be the year of the Ford Mustang. With huge celebrations already confirmed for such major events as Silverstone Classic, the Ford Mustang will be everywhere next year.
As if to ensure that people on this side of the Atlantic can join in with the celebrations, in 2014 the Ford Mustang will go on sale in Europe for the very first time.
This is huge news. We should do something to mark the occasion. Dim the lights! No, turn more lights on! Do something!
The Ford Mustang was first launched in 1964, and has since gone on to sell over nine million models. It stands as the single most liked vehicle on Facebook, and has made countless appearances in film, television, music and video games.
Says Raj Nair of Ford, “Ford Mustang inspires passion like no other car.
“The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonate with people, even if they’ve never driven one.
"Mustang is definitely more than just a car – it is the heart and soul of Ford.”
The new Ford Mustang was unveiled by Ford's executive chairman Bill Ford at their special “Go Further” event in Barcelona, one of six cities across four continents where the exciting new car was simultaneously revealed.
Available as a fastback or a convertible, the high-performance, supremely refined icon of motoring will finally allow us to see what all the fuss is about.
Says Stephen Odell of Ford, “The Mustang’s formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold.
“The new Mustang epitomises Ford’s aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.”
But there must be more to the Ford Mustang than its reputation to inspire such a weight of expectation. And granted, the car looks amazing, with its low ride, wide stance and sleek profile. And would you just look at that cockpit? But looks aren't everything. What's going on under the bonnet?
In terms of hardware, the new Ford Mustang certainly won't disappoint. It's fitted with Ford's formidable 426PS 5.0 litre V8 engine, capable of generating 529Nm of torque. But what excites me is the inclusion of an all-new 309PS 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine, which combines the turbocharged performance with the sort of fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions European drivers expect.
You can also expect the 2014 Ford Mustang to be laced with all manner of innovative technologies. For example, Selectable Drive Mode allows you to quickly adjust steering effort, engine response and settings for the transmission and electronic stability control system. In all conditions and on all roads, the perfect drive is never more than the touch of a button away.
Then there's the standard Ford SYNC, which gives you full voice and touchscreen control of all manner of infotainment systems. Europe will also get a navigation system incorporated within the 8” central colour screen, as well as a premium 12-speaker sound system.
Next year, the Ford Mustang will be inescapable. You might even get to drive one. How ace would that be?