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GALLOPING TO FAME- THE FORD MUSTANG GT

It seemed like a far fetched dream to see an iconic American muscle car roaming the narrow and pot hole filled streets of Kathmandu anytime soon. However Ford Nepal with the introduction of the Mustang GT have fulfilled the dreams of many to see this beast of a car in the flesh. It is a car whose name transcends beyond automotive enthusiasts and with its introduction here in Nepal it has become the talk of the town.

The Mustang was first introduced in 1964 and since then there has been no looking back. With the Mustang gaining fame very early in its life, it went from strength to strength with new updates to keep it up to par or even better than its closest rivals. It was so successful that it single handedly created a new segment “The American Muscle Car” with the likes of Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger, all built to emulate the success of the Mustang. This is a car that is bought by the heart rather than the head. It looks spectacular and is head turning to say the least and driving it you will have a massive grin across your face.

The Ford Mustang has always been, and remains, a big, chunky, almost-practical muscle car powered by a big, grumbly V8 engine and now the new modern Mustang is more refined, rapid and rewarding. We at Autolife had exclusive access to review this American metal and without any further ado let us take you to the main reason to read this article, to know how it was to drive the 5.0L V8 beast.

THE EXTERIOR:

The Mustang looks every bit of a muscle car with the long bonnet and a fastback styled rear. Even though it has opted for a far more sleek and modern look, it pays homage to the Mustangs of old, with some styling cues still present from the past which makes it unmistakably still a Mustang.

One of the first things that we noticed is how striking it looked in the yellow shade. When you are up-close with the vehicle there is some kind of aura coming out of the car that just pulls you towards it, like it has some sort of human magnet. The aggressive front end looked like it was ready to eat anything that dares to come in front of it. The projector headlight with three led strips look very menacing. A pacing horse, the iconic logo of the Mustang sits in the center of the grille with the long bonnet just adding to the aggressive stance of the car. The low slung nature makes it look that much sportier and the blacked out 19 inch rims just add to that feeling. The chrome 5.0 badging on the sides of the car clearly state what is underneath the long bonnet.

Moving to the rear are the distinct three split LED tail lights of the Mustang and the big GT badge in the center. Below the two taillights is where the magic happens, with a dual exhaust setup, it starts up with a roar unlike any other. The V8 coming into life was better than the hottest drops in today’s music scene.

THE INTERIOR:

With the low slung body came the low slung seating position. The sporty seats hold you tightly so that you won’t move around while driving this car. The whole interior has a retro-modern theme to it and all the controls are ergonomically spot on. The dash, the steering wheel, the seats everything felt like it was ready to rip through the atmosphere in mind bending speeds. Everything has a premium feel to it as it should be when you are charging NRs. 1.69 crores for a car. The soft touch dashboard and the leather wrapped steering wheel gives a very premium feeling when you touch it. The seats are very comfortable and do a great job of holding you in place.

There are two seats in the back but it’s meant for kids as a normal sized adult would just be able to squeeze in those seats. But even though we managed to squeeze in, it would be very uncomfortable to travel long distances that way. When you look through the front windshield you can see the massive bonnet in front to accommodate that 5.0L V8 engine. There are some blind spots due to the coupe styling and the car is quite long and wide for our narrow roads, so you have to have full concentration while driving this machine. Also the ground clearance might be another factor that you will have to be wary of while driving this car.

THE PERFORMANCE:

The main point of the Mustang is performance of its 5.0L V8 which produces a staggering 460 PS of power and 530 Nm of torque. The power is present even from the low rpms and the torque is very evident. The 530 Nm of torque is felt from the get go and it is so much that you can start rolling from the second gear without any hiccup. The Mustang can get to 100 KMPH in 4.5 seconds and the top speed of the Mustang is electronically limited to 155 MPH (250 KMPH) due to rules and regulations.

This monstrosity of an engine, paired with a six speed manual gear box meant ultimate driving pleasure. Ford really nailed the gearbox on the Mustang as the 6 speed unit is very smooth and the fact that the gearbox is a short throw unit means that the shifts are effortless and very fast. On top of that add the fact that the Mustang is a RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) vehicle it meant that you can wreak havoc with this combination, the moment you push the accelerator hard it pins you to your seat and if you turn off the traction control then it’s just an open invitation for the rear tires to break traction and move sideways. To stop this car they have opted to fit the Brembo six piston calipers with a 15 inch disc in the front and a 13.8 inch disc in the rear wheel. The Brembo calipers do their job exceptionally and match the performance of the engine.

THE VERDICT:

As we said earlier the Mustang is a heart-over- head car and if you have NRs. 1.69 crores of spare cash lying around and you want something that will give you sheer driving pleasure and thrill every time you take it out than just go for it. There isn’t anything else on offer in the market that will give you the thrill, which this car can. That is if you have other cars that are more practical to drive for family trips and going on rough patches of the roads. If that is the case, then you will be more than happy with the Mustang but if you are planning to drive it on a daily basis then it will prove to be very heavy on your wallet due to the poor fuel economy. A sports car’s main priority isn’t to be very practical, its main agenda is to provide the best driving experience possible. So if you will look for practical aspects in this car then be ready to be disappointed. However the boot is pretty big for a sports car and can fit a lot of luggage. If there is the need then the rear seats can be folded down to open up even more cargo space! However the awkward opening space of the boot means that you will have to figure out how to squeeze in the luggage in the first place. The Mustang is a car unlike any other in the Nepali market and Ford has ticked all the right boxes that are relevant for a modern muscle car. It is surreal to see a thoroughbred American muscle car in Nepal and this car will surely leave a mark in the Nepali automotive industry and can prove to be the harbinger of other iconic sports cars.

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