Mid-life changes to the new Mustang

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Ford released details of the mid-life changes to its popular Mustang models. The revised model, revealed overnight in California, gets an updated exterior with new-look all-LED headlights, lower bonnet and grille design, blacked out rear diffuser, revised LED tail-lights, optional performance spoiler and quad-tip exhaust for V8 GT models. None of this is what you would call earth-shattering.

Now comes the PR speak – Ford is offering a dozen different alloy wheel designs, as well as a new exterior paint color – Orange Fury. None of that is going to leave you breathless!

Ford Mustang.
Ford Mustang.

Engines have been tweaked to deliver slightly more power. The V8 delivers more power and revs higher, thanks to new dual-fuel, high pressure direct injection and low pressure port fuel injection, which also improves low-end torque and fuel efficiency, says the car-maker.

Automatic variants drop the current six-speed box for the new 10 speed unit that Ford developed with GM and claims that it helps deliver higher average power for faster acceleration, has quicker shift times, reduced frictional losses and includes unique programs for different drive modes.

Manual transmissions have also been updated for both engines, with the V8 version scoring a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to improve clutch modulation and torque capability.

Minor changes have been made to the suspension, with all models given new shock absorbers, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension and updated stabilizer (anti-roll) bars.

For real nonsense, an active valve exhaust system for the GT allows owners to control the exhaust note and volume. (I remember when we used to incorporate a lump of copper pipe in the exhaust system to get more noise. Apparently the boy racers are now getting the factory to do it for them.)

By now the PR chaps are in full throttle with features such as the all-LED digital instrument cluster recently detailed in the Ford GT, with the 12 inch screen letting owners customize their instruments and choose between normal, sport and track mode displays.

Other tweaks include padded knee bolsters, a hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching for the center console, aluminium finish for the door handles, rings and bezels, new seat upholstery patterns and colors, and optional heated steering wheel. New models come equipped with Ford’s SYNC3 infotainment system.

Mustang MyMode with memory function allows drivers to save their favorite drive settings including suspension and steering preferences.

Of interest is the fact that the 2017 Mustang does not have the driver assistance systems, including pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and driver alerts and consequently did not do well in the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP) getting a two star evaluation.

Whatever, I’ll have a V8 Mustang in black, thank you!