What can you say about the Ford Mustang? It is simply a legend. The blue-collar Ferrari was the fastest-selling car in history when it was launched in the mid-1960s, offering as it did an alluring blend of value for money, dramatic, sporty styling and beefy V8 power (at least in some models). In Blighty, we had to wait until 2015 and the sixth-generation Mustang to get an officially imported right-hand-drive version of the American icon.
That’s probably a good thing, though, because it’s also one of the best iterations of the Mustang since the 1964 original. A long bonnet and muscular-looking curves imply some serious grunt and, provided you go for the 5.0-litre V8 version (better still some of the special editions such as the Bullitt or the Mach 1) you’ll find an engine – and an engine note – that delivers just that.
There is a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost version, too, but that was dropped at the end of 2020 and only accounted for 15 per cent of UK sales. It’s a reasonable engine, similar to the one you’ll find in the most recent Ford Focus RS. But in a car that’s as American as having bacon with your pancakes, it just doesn’t feel quite right.