Unmistakably a Ford Mustang, but with strong lines that show the iconic company’s latest design theme.

Unmistakably a Ford Mustang, but with strong lines that show the iconic company’s latest design theme

Sydney, Australia was one of six places on the planet to feature in a simultaneous unveiling of the all-new 2014 Ford Mustang. The main event took place in Times Square New York, with TV and social media audiences worldwide viewing the event.

Invited guests in Sydney joined live audiences in Los Angeles, Detroit, Barcelona and Shanghai, with a strong display of historical Mustangs taking centre stage in Sydney. Ford Australia hosted Mustang owners from clubs around the country who enjoyed the theatre of the occasion with Top Gear Australia presenter Shane Jacobson compering the big event.

Ford Mustang Sydney Reveal
Unmistakably a Ford Mustang, but with strong lines that show the Ford’s latest design theme, particularly in the area of the ‘Aston’ radiator grille, this all-new model is particularly important to Ford Australia.

Ford’s Mustang is like Jeep Wrangler, Porsche 911, even Fiat 500 and VW Beetle in that enthusiasts won’t let the designers interfere too much with the original shape – and we like that attitude.

Ford Mustang Sydney RevealWith local manufacture about to end it’s vital that the local branch of the Ford Motor Company promotes itself as a car importer. Mustang will most certainly give the company a positive push.

Exact details of the new Mustang as it will be seen in Australia are yet to be provided, but we are told its price will begin at a remarkably low sub-$50,000.

Ford Mustang Sydney Reveal
Two engines will come here, the traditional 5.0-litre V8 in uprated form with 420 horsepower (about 313 kW) and an ultra modern EcoBoost 2.3-litre turbocharged four producing 300 horsepower (227 kW).

It’s good to see the new Mustang will be sold with a manual gearbox, though to be honest the optional automatic transmission is likely to be the biggest seller. Both transmissions have six forward ratios.

Naturally, drive is to the rear wheels.

Though Ford Australia airfreighted a convertible to Sydney for the official launch it will also be sold here as a hardtop coupe.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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