Perhaps this overt lack of anonymity is a product of the Mustang's romanticised, cult status in automotive culture, or the fact that it has that whopping great 5.0-litre Coyote V8 under the bonnet, with a soundtrack to boot. It could be down to that muscular, iconic silhouette, or the fact that you can have one in bright orange. More likely, though, is that it's a combination of all of these things and more.
This hasn't stopped Ford from trying to broaden the pony car's appeal outside of the United States, though. After all, the sixth-generation Mustang was the first to be developed with right-hand drive in mind, and this facelifted model brings with it further features to supplement its primary, V8-flavoured USP.
For 2018 there's a new, sharper face, a greater emphasis on safety, a flashy digital speedometer and the option of a 10-speed automatic transmission - just like the one found in the gargantuan F-150 Raptor. More importantly, though, Ford's engineers have worked to improve the 'Stang's handling, retuning the dampers to make it more planted and adding a cross-axis joint to stiffen up the rear suspension. Adaptive MagneRide dampers are available as a £1,600 option, too.
Keep the crank spinning at below about 3,500rpm, and the Mustang doesn't feel particularly energetic or urgent - despite the deep, purposeful accompanying soundtrack. There's a need to work this engine to get the most out of it; get your shifts right and the Mustang will take off with savage urgency. With the active exhaust fixed to its angriest setting it sounds volcanic, too, if not quite as outlandish as Jaguar Land Rover's supercharged 5.0-litre V8.
The steering is heavy - suitably so for such a car - and weights up nicely depending which driving mode you're in. There's limited feel here, but the rack is still communicative enough to inform you of what the car's front wheels are doing and while body roll hasn't been completely ironed out, the MagneRide dampers do a commendable job of keeping it under control. It's by no means the last word in precision - instead relying more on the brute force of its powerplant to sprint between bends - but that's all part of its charm.
|Ford Mustang GT - Specifications|
|Transmission||6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive|
|Torque (lb ft)||391@4,600rpm|
|Weight||1,743kg (to EU, including 75kg driver)|