Not only is the sixth-generation Mustang the most technologically-advanced Mustang ever, it also marks the first time Ford will offer the iconic Mustang in Europe and in over 100 countries around the world, finally making the pony a world-class vehicle. But as it makes its way to Europe, the new Stang will have a few slight differences, including one fewer engine option as well as a stiffer-tuned suspension compared to the American-market pony.
When discussing the changes, Mustang chief engineer Frank Davis didn’t specify how much stiffer the suspension will be for European drivers. Whatever it ends up being, though, rest assured that all 2015 Mustangs will proudly feature a well-engineered modern and capable independent suspension system rather than the antiquated live rear axle seen on past Mustang iterations.
Additionally, the Europe- and Asia-market Stang will only be offered with the new 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline four and the revised 5.0 liter Coyote V8, leaving the 3.7 liter Duratec V6 out of the lineup, and international customers with one fewer engine choice compared to American Mustang buyers. The decision to not offer the naturally-aspirated V6 makes sense given that the six-banger would likely sell very poorly in Europe to begin with thanks to the region’s displacement tax, which negates the reason to buy the higher-displacement V6 when similar, if not greater, performance can be achieved from the boosted 2.3.
And when it comes to performance options, Davis and Ford COO Mark Fields confirmed that The Blue Oval made no compromises for the Euro-market Mustang, which is “fully American”. Whatever that means.
Either way, global Mustang availability is good. Very good.