It’s finally here. Ford Motor Company launched the Mustang GT in India at Rs 65 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) on Tuesday.
It took over 50 years for Ford Mustang to come to India. And it’s a long wait for such an icon, especially in a dynamic market like India that offers cars from Rs 2 lakh to Rs 10 crore.
With rivals like Audi TT, BMW Z4 and the much awaited Nissan GT-R, the Mustang already is entering a market of possibilities. Ford Motors sold close to 1,10,000 Mustangs in 2015 globally, topping all other sports coupè competitors.
Mustang has a legacy of over five decades, but its brand value is young. “It is not about age but about passion. And the Mustang will bring that passion out as much in a 25-year-old as a 55-year-old,” as Anurag Mehrotra, Ford India ED (marketing and sales), says.
As the American muscle car hits the Indian turf, here are five things to know:
1) This is the sixth generation Ford Mustang. The coupè is famous for memorable car-chase scenes, including the one from 1968 flick Bullitt. The dramatic thriller starring Steve Mcqueen helped it achieve a cult status. And it’s just one of many.
2) What’s on offer in India is the top-of-the-line GT version of the 2016 model unveiled in India ahead of the Delhi Auto Expo in February. For the first time, Ford Motors decided to produce the right-hand drive variant of the car for markets like the UK and India.
Mustang has been tailored for India with a host of other packaging revisions like the turn indicator control spokes, which are to the right of the steering wheel, unlike to the left in the US. Ford will bring Mustang in India as a CBU from Flat Rock Assembly Plant in the US.
3) India gets the Ti-VCT V8 variant, and not the humbler V6 or the EcoBoost one, which roars out 401PS power and 515Nm of torque. The output is sent to a six-speed Getrag dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters, to clock a top speed of 250kph.
4) The car is not just a racetrack stallion, as its logo suggests. All that you can ask for road safety also comes along -- eight airbags including knee airbags, crash sensors, safety belt pre-tensioners and Ford MyKey.
The 2X2 sports coupè is packed with features like selectable driving modes from a six-way adjustable driver seat, automatic projector headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, heated and powered outside rear view mirrors, and passenger seats with power lumbar support.
To pump-up the drive, Ford has offered sporty 19-inch wheels and performance brakes, while also replacing the outmoded live rear axle with independent rear suspension (IRS) system.
5) Mustang is being offered in six colours - Race Red, Black, Triple Yellow Tri-coat, Magnetic, Oxford White and Ingot Silver, each of them equally head-turning with equal magnetism.
At Rs 65 lakh, Mustang is indeed an offer you cannot refuse. But for petrol heads, this figure doesn’t really matter much. What is delightful is the news that the Pony car has arrived, finally!
The author tweets as @GulshanMWankar