New Indian Ford Mustang not as powerful as original

New Indian Ford Mustang not as powerful as original

VOLUME car manufacturer Ford India has revealed that the India-specification model will not be as powerful as the US-spec and UK-spec models, even though all three will be using the same 5.0-litre V8 engine.

The company had first confirmed in January that its classic ‘muscle car’ Mustang would go on sale in India during the second quarter of 2016 and announced that the car will feature flagship V8 engine.

Indeed, the car listed on India website shows the 5.0-litre Ti-VCT V8 engine, which would develop 396bhp and 515Nm of torque mated to six-speed automatic transmission.

Yet the same engine for the UK develops 410bhp and 530Nm of torque, while the US spec will develop 435bhp and 542Nm of torque. In comparison, India-spec model will develop 39bhp less compared to the US spec Mustang.

It remains to be seen if this will make variations in acceleration and top speed. The reduction of power could be due to the recalibration to adjust to Indian domestic fuel quality, which is lower in comparison to the fuel quality in the UK and the US, according to NDTV Auto.

Three vehicles of the India-spec model have been spotted at the yard of Ford’s Gujarat plant recently. The three Mustangs in Race Red colour appear to be the first batch of four Mustangs which Ford India imported into Mumbai from the US.

Unlike the other vehicles in Ford’s stable, the Mustang occupies an eschelon of its own, characterised by being the only model in the company’s line-up that does not use its logo.

The car features a dedicated logo of a horse that denotes, according to Ford’s marketing team, the qualities of being compact, quick, agile and sleek. The Mustang is classified as being a “pony car” of sports car like coupes with long hoods and short rear decks.

The estimated price for the Mustang hovers around Rs. 50 lakh (around £60,000) and it will go on sale in the Indian market entry during the festive season.

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