Later this year, Ford Motor Company is expected to launch its global flagship vehicle, the Mustang, in India. Ford India has already brough the muscle car into the country, and the Mustang is said to be undergoing homologation at the Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI). Spyshots of the car are now out in the open, leaving little doubt about Ford’s intent to bring the car to the Indian market.
The heartening thing though is that the high end GT variant of the muscle car is India bound. Now, this is a very good thing considering the fact that the rumours surrounding the car hinted at the 2.3 liter, turbocharged petrol four banger for the India-spec Mustang. The GT variant of the car features a 5.0 liter V8 petrol engine. This engine is naturally aspirated and puts out 465 Bhp of peak power and 542 Nm of peak torque.
This much power and torque is channeled to the reat wheels of the car through manual and automatic transmission options, both 6 speed units. Performance, needless to say, is electric. The 2015 Ford Mustang can hit 100 Kph from standstill in just 4.5 seconds while top speed is rated at 250 Kph. The first right hand drive generation of the Mustang will be shipped to India as a completely built unit (CBU) from the United States.
About 60-80 lakh rupees is what you may have to fork for the muscle car, which will be one of its kind in the country. For the record, India has never seen a muscle car being launched. The Mustang could prompt the likes of Fiat to bring the Dodge Challenger and General Motors to bring the Chevrolet Camaro, or so the enthusiast hope. Ford India isn’t looking at volumes from the Mustang. Rather it would like the iconic automobile to give the Ford brand a shot in the arm.
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