The 2.3-litre Ecoboost receives Line Lock as a hand-me-down from its bigger brother, although it's also put firmly in its place, with power surprisingly down from 317hp currently to 290hp. Ford claims this is due to the introduction of a gas particulate filter required to meet emissions standards, causing increased back pressure in the exhaust. A loss of 27hp still seems a lot, but fear not as apparently performance is unaffected thanks to the addition of an overboost function and a new, 10-speed automatic box. With the gap between this and the 5.0 now standing at 160hp, aftermarket solutions look even more tempting than they did previously.
Underneath, recalibrated dampers should improve stability whilst thicker anti-roll bars and stiffened rear suspension aim to prevent body roll and flex. Both models now also have the option of Ford's Magneride dampers, which should hopefully go someway to curing the brittleness Dan experienced when he drove the current car.
revised front grille, LED lights - now standard - and air vents integrated into the lower bonnet bring the styling up to date. Whist at the rear a redesigned bumper and diffuser can now be complemented by an optional boot spoiler for "an even sportier profile."
Elsewhere, new 19-inch wheels come in a choice of three finishes, and three new paint colours - Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson - should complement the more aggressive styling.
Increased use of soft-touch plastics, with contrast stitching on the centre console and doors, is said to give a more premium feel inside. Leather-trimmed, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are available now too, whilst right-hand drive customers can opt for a leather Recaro racing seat for the first time.
Finally it's hoped that the newly introduced Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure and Distance Alert technology will help improve upon the current model's woeful showing in the Euro NCAP safety tests.
A lot of changes to digest then, some admittedly more important than others, but all adding up to what sounds like an appealing improvement on the old car. Deliveries of the updated Mustang will commence in 2018, so get in touch with your Ford dealer of choice now.