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2015 Mustang to be offered in right-hand drive, European version won’t get the 5.0L V8?

By - September 7, 2012 – 4:15 pm3 Comments | 9,711 views

Ford Mustang Right-Hand Drive

Yesterday Ford officially announced that the Mustang would soon be coming to Europe as part of the company’s renewed efforts for a global lineup of vehicles. Both Alan Mulally, Ford’s president and CEO, as well as Stephen Odell, vice president and CEO of Ford Europe, gave no details on specifics, though, including when the Mustang would go on sale, how much it would cost and what engine options would be made available.

It appears that Ford is serious about truly making the next generation a global car, however, as a new report from British magazine AutoCar indicates that a right-hand drive version will be offered. “A large part of the project will be to re-engineer the platform to accept right-hand drive, likely to entail re-positioning key componentry from the engine bay and front axle to package the new steering rack and steering column,” states the publication on their web site.

European muscle car enthusiasts will also be said to hear that their version of the Mustang might not include the option of the 5.0L V8. “The British Mustang is also likely to miss out on the archetypal musclecar engine — a throbbing 302 cu in (5.0-litre) V8,” says AutoCar’s report. “Instead it’s tipped to be powered by a 300bhp-plus 3.7-litre V6 or a 250bhp four-cylinder turbo EcoBoost, most likely of two-litre capacity.”

[Source: AutoCar.co.uk]


  • Twin Turbo says:

    That’s just crazy…….whilst I know the V8 shouldn’t make sense in the UK, that’s the one engine most enthusiasts current have in the S197s :(

  • a.n.onimous says:

    I think that it’s long overdue..a right-hooker at last!Bit concerned it won’t have a proper “muscle-car” lump,but,hey,what the heck,customiser’s/modder’s will soon drop in a bigger unit.

  • Mike says:

    If it does not have a V-8 it is just a Mustang in name only.
    I think even in Europe those that would buy a Mustang over a Bemmer or a Audi want the full american package and the V8 muscle car sound not Fords version of a RWD European sedan.
    But at this point this is all speculation we do not know yet even if Ford does initially not offer the V-8 that if the demand is there that they won’t later on.

    And really as much as I love my V-8 Mustangs I also understand that the days of big displacement performance cars can’t go on forever.
    But every time in the past that we predicted the end of a era they always seem to bring back High HP performance cars. In fact right now the GT500 has the highest HP engine ever including the old 428ci V8 (about 7L) So who knows when the last hurrah will be but can you really keep getting more and more HP out of cars when we really should be using less oil and not more?

    I drive my car occasionally already and will probably be my last performance car but who knows I said that about my Mach1. Once a gear head always a gear head I guess. They really are dinosaurs That eventually will have to go. Kind of why I like my retro styled 09 GT with it’s long tube headers and low flow mufflers I can drive it past some Hybred playing this on the stereo http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=G_KDAicF0Yo)

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