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Finally, it’s all right

The Ford Mustang is one of the most famous name tags in motoring and still the fastest selling car ever made. Now it’s being sold in right-hand-drive.

A new Mustang is news in itself, as it is one of the most iconic sports cars ever made and has a loyal following on both sides of the pond. But this sixth-generation model is something more than that, because it has been designed to work in Europe too.

The platform is new and the whole car is more sophisticated than before, while there’s a choice of a 5.0-litre V8 as well as a more 21st century option in the shape of a 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo offering. There’s a choice of coupe and convertible from the outset, and the whole car attempts to mix classic Mustang cues with modern sophistication.

The manner in which the 2015 Mustang manages to evoke memories of the 1965 original, but without slavishly copying it, is impressive. It has great stance and impact on the road. Whether it’s parked or driving past, it’s hard not to turn and look. The same goes for the inside, where the classic twin-cowl dashboard and toggle switches are present, although happily the retro theme isn’t overdone.

The Mustang has one of the strongest images of any performance car and is still seen by many as the original low-cost, high-fun piece of escapism, and the latest version ticks all the right boxes to keep fans happy.

The Mustang is a relatively big car but with the focus on looks and performance, the practical element inevitably takes a back seat. Up front the space on offer is decent, and taller drivers will be able to get comfortable; the standard sports seats are excellent.

In the back it’s more compromised, and only short adults and children will be able to get comfortable as headroom is limited. The boot however is good with 408 litres of space on offer.

The original Mustang was fast, cheap and relatively simple, and while things have certainly moved on the new version isn’t a million miles away. Anyone buying one looking for the last word in Nurburgring-honed handling might be disappointed, but if it’s fun you’re after then it’s spot on. The 5.0-litre V8 is responsive, pushing it along with real purpose and venom when pressed and the noise is good too. There are three different steering modes as well as driving modes, and with everything at its sharpest the Mustang will happily play the hooligan.

In fact it even has a Line-Lock mode, borrowed directly from the dragstrip, where the front brakes can be locked on so you can smoke the rear tyres. It sums up everything you need to know about this car and how it is the complete opposite of ultra-techy German rivals.

You could use the Mustang every day if you can handle the fuel bills, but really it is a car to be enjoyed by everyone. Young or old, man or woman, the Mustang ethos is something that anyone can buy into.

At a glance

Engine
5.0-litre petrol unit producing 412bhp and 387lb/ft of torque

Transmission
Six-speed manual gearbox driving the rear wheels

Performance
Top speed 155mph,
0-62mph in 4.8 seconds

Economy
20.9mpg combined

Emissions
299g/km of CO2

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