From the very beginning, Ford has been planning to make the sixth-generation, 2015 Mustang a global vehicle sold in many markets around the world. And one of those markets is Australia. The last time the Mustang was sold in Australia was between 2001 and 2003. The vehicles were converted locally for right-hand drive in small numbers and then sold at exorbitant prices (A$85,000 or so). But that’s not the case today, since Ford is making the Mustang available with the steering wheel on the right from the factory for the Aussie market.
Now, we can discuss all day long whether or not the Mustang effectively replaces Ford’s Falcon as The Blue Oval’s rear-wheel drive, V8-powered offering, we know for a fact that it will not be cheap in the land of Oz. That’s because the Mustang will start at A$45,000 in Australia. And that’s for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. The Mustang GT, equipped with the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, will cost A$54,990 with a manual gearbox. Just for the sake of comparison, the final Falcon XR8 sedan rings in at A$52,490 with a six-speed manual.
But the high prices haven’t deterred Aussies from plunking down deposits for Ford’s latest pony car. CarAdvice reports that 700 deposits have been made for the new 2015 Mustang, with another 15,000 “expressions of interest” from prospective buyers, according to Ford Australia.
The addition of the Mustang to Ford’s Australian vehicle lineup marks the availability of the first two-door muscle/sports car since the Holden Monaro, which was a coupe version of the Commodore produced, in its latest form, from 2001 through 2006. For those buyers who may be looking to trade up to a Ford Mustang from their Monaro, the Mustang actually has a lower starting price than the Monaro did when it launched. The Ford undercuts the Holden by about A$1,000 compared to when the Monaro was introduced.
And if reactions to the new Ford Mustang in the U.S. are anything to go by, we’re pretty sure Australians will enjoy the car just as much as Americans are. The pony is scheduled to land on dealer lots just in time for the Australian summer in December 2015.