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Special edition Ford Mustang 55 Announced

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By Dave Ashton

The Ford Mustang has been motoring along now for 55 years and to celebrate its longevity the blue oval guys have produced a special edition Titled the Mustang 55. This special edition will be available from August onwards with a range of different styling packages and trim options.

April 17th was National Mustang Day, which showed the special edition model for the first time at the 2019 New York Auto Show and now full details of the model have been finally revealed. On the outside the new Mustang receives 19-inch alloy wheels, optional rear spoiler, black badging, painted roof and striped decals, along with a updated black grille. There’s also the options for fastback andthe convertible models.

The interior gets temperature control seats, a cool 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, SYNC 3 connectivity system and 8 inch infotainment system as standard. Opt. for the six speed manual and the car receives a lovely moulded shift knob, with the 10-speed automatic getting other goodies.

Powertrain wise, the Mustang55 grabs the flat-plane crank, Coyote 5.0-litre V8 from current models which produces 444bhp, which equates to a 0–62mph time of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. No details as yet if this model is going to be limited edition and for how long it will be available.

Other Mustang models have been given upgrades such as the 2.3-litre EcoBoost which has borrowed some elements from the Shelby models. These include a Magnetic Grey California grille, which includes an old-style classic tri-bar pony badge and active valve performance exhaust. It also has the new ‘Good Neighbour Mode’ (yes, that’s the correct spelling in Europe) which limits the exhaust noise for all those finicky neighbors. The Mustang Bullitt edition will also be available for a second year due to popular demand. Also new are four new colors in the form of Twister Orange, Grabber Lime, Iconic Silver and Lucid Red.

So, where can you get hold of one of these Mustang55’s? They are only going to be available in the UK, which may seem an odd choice on the surface, but makes total sense. Since the Mustang was released in native hand drive in Europe, the pony has been smashing it in sales. The Europeans have seemingly taken to the more raw and exciting feel of the Mustang compared to the usual European performance vehicles, so why not give them a special edition model. As the Mustang will be one of the confirmed models moving forward for Ford, it’s now about global sales, not just domestic which will secure the future of any car model. If a territory takes to a certain car, it makes sense to capitalize on the situation. This could also pave the way for other muscle car models to go native hand drive and hit Europe. Maybe a future Hellcat with the steering wheel on the other side?


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