Fiesta ST and Ford Mustang feature prominently in the press this week…
Auto Bild (Spain) drives Fiesta ST around the Le Mans circuit: “You have the opportunity to test-drive the Fiesta ST on the Le Mans Circuit.” When I was told this, I got goose bumps. Not only because hundreds of people in the stands would be watching me play at racecar driver, but also because it’s one of the world’s most famous and historic tracks. Being in the same place – and not as a spectator, but a driver – as motorsport legends like Fangio, Stirling Moss, Jacky Ickx or Graham Hill is a dream come true. It’s raining pretty hard, and the wet asphalt adds to the challenge. When the moment arrives to step on the accelerator, the sensation of speed is awe-inspiring. But despite it all, when I get to the finish line, the only thing I want to do is take another lap.
Car Magazine (UK) gets all excited about new Ford Mustang: Forget the ancient live-axle rear end that made the old car almost irrelevant over here because the new ‘Stang gets an independent multi-link rear suspension that should help it cope better with the UK’s rougher roads and the frequent occurrence of the Mustang’s arch-nemesis – pesky corners.
To help cement the new Mustang’s sportscar credentials all British cars come standard with a chassis upgrades. All UK cars get bigger brakes, stiffer springs, strut-bracing and a thicker rear sway bar. Mustangs sold here also get a Euro-tune ESP and power steering, plus additional cooling for track days. Which poses the question, what are the Ford Mustang natural rivals? Expect the V8 to be positioned as a cut-price M4 rival while the less powerful 2.3-litre turbo will go up against cars like the Audi A5 and fellow rear-wheel drive sports cars like the Nissan 370Z and Mercedes C-Class coupe.
Auto Online (Italy) also runs the story: Ford has revealed the power outputs of the two engines for its next-generation muscle car, the first to be sold in Europe. The Ford Mustang with the four-cylinder, 2.3-liter EcoBoost delivers 310PS and 434Nm of torque. The Mustang 5.0 V8 puts out 435PS and 542Nm of torque. The new Mustang, which reaches Europe in 2015, will get a fully-independent front and rear suspension, a high-strength steel chassis and a number of aluminium elements. Ford will announce the definitive characteristics and specifications of the new Mustang fastback and convertible in the coming months. As standard, they will be sold in Europe with the performance pack, which boosts driving precision and braking power.