UK Ford Mustang Customers Are All About the V8, Despite Less Power
The new Ford Mustang went on sale in the UK this January and orders have nearly hit the 2,000 unit mark. These right-hand drive models are in production at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan with delivery of the first car set for November. It’s the first time a right-hand drive Mustang has ever been sold in Britain and the good folks of the UK are buying most of them as V8s. The nearly 2,000 Ford Mustangs already ordered are 70 percent 5.0-liter V8 engines. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost might be more fuel efficient, but apparently that pales in comparison to the notion of driving some V8 American muscle down quaint British roadways, even if it is not as powerful as the original thing. According to CarThrottle, the UK version of the V8 Mustang was originally slated to put out 416 hp, but a letter apparently went out to customers stating it will only put out 410 hp. That's a bit less than the U.S. version's 435 horsepower. Apparently, to get the RHD steering gear to fit, the exhaust manifold had to be redesigned, robbing the V8 of that bit of power. RELATED: See the Classic 1965 Ford Mustang
According to CarScoops, the majority of cars are also fastbacks with 80 percent of customers saying no to the convertible variant. They will also be mostly six-speed manual transmissions with 60 percent choosing to shift gears themselves rather than drive the automatic.
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The most popular car is Race Red, but with only 23 percent of orders. Magnetic Silver and Shadow Black are right behind with a 16.1 percent tie. Inside, 75 percent of these cars will be Ebony Black. The right-hand drive Ford Mustang is on sale in the UK for £29,995 ($47,389) with the less popular 4-cylinder engine and £33,995 ($53,708) with the winning V8.
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