Who would have ever thought that the Ford Mustang, an American icon, would be one of the best-selling cars in Europe and UK? Believe it or not, American cars are greatly sought after abroad. It’s because American cars are different than cars built in the UK (the world, for that matter). The names are different, they have an overall different attitude, and best of all is that American V8 burbling under the hood—er…bonnet. True, there are V8s in UK cars, even V10 and V12 engines, but there is nothing, and I mean, nothing like an American, rear wheel drive car with a V8.
Ford has sold the Mustang abroad ever since its inception in 1965, first under the T-5 name, and then under the Mustang name in later years, and in very limited numbers. But Ford started selling the Mustang on a global scale with the 2015 model year, and they haven’t been able to keep them on the shelves.
Aside from the obvious right-hand drive conversion, clear tail lights, new rear bumper to accommodate the weird license plate, and other minor tweaks, it’s still the same fire-breathing pony car we enjoy so much in the States.
Ford recently completed a promotion in the UK through Autocar, where they used former rally ace and World Rallycross presenter Andrew Coley to give two very excited Ford enthusiasts, Ed Ashton and Gwion Tegid a chance to sample all that Ford had to offer in the Mustang GT and give their impressions—it looked like an afternoon of unadulterated fun!
In addition to checking out the overall styling inside and out, they drove the Mustang on a road course to showcase the grunt provided by the 5-liter V8, as well as test the handling prowess. They also made use of the factory-equipped line-lock system to do massive burnouts, and were even taught to drift the pony car for a few laps!
What did they think? Well, you’ll have to watch the video to see what they thought of it all, but you can bet they had permanent smiles embedded in their faces when the day was over!
Living in Richmond, Texas, PJ Rentie has been in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. This former Assistant Editor at Vette Magazine also spent time with companies like NOS, Edelbrock, Hillbank Motorsports, Classic Industries, and was an automotive instructor for Cypress College for ten years. In his spare time, PJ hopes to one day bring his Fox Body Mustang out of the back yard and back onto the street!