After months of agonising waiting and having to witness other parts of the world getting their hands on it, South Africans are finally treated to perhaps the most recognisable muscle car of all time: the Ford Mustang. And just in time for Christmas, too!

The Ford Mustang was first revealed to the world in 1964 and over the course of the next 50 years more than nine million of the original Pony-car had been sold. 2014 saw the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang and, as a little incentive, Ford Motor Company decided to produce the world’s most-liked vehicle for the global market in both left- and right-hand drive.

“This is the car we’ve all been waiting for! The mighty new Mustang is here,” says Tracey Delate, General Marketing Manager, Ford Motor Company Sub-Saharan Africa Region. “It’s been a long wait, but it has certainly been worth it!”

The new Ford Mustang comes equipped with a raft of innovative technologies that are squirrely aimed at delivering impressive performance. Included in this techno-package are switches the driver can toggle to adjust the driving and dynamic abilities of the car; choices between various driving modes that include Normal, Sport+, Track, and Snow/Wet settings; and a range of Track Apps that can be controlled via the steering wheel, to mention a few. Launch Control is available on the V8 manual model.

Powering the rear-wheel drive Ford Mustang is a choice of two engines: an all-new 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine and a 5,0-litre V8. Power is channelled to the road via either a six-speed manual or automatic ‘box. Six models in Fastback and Convertible guises are on offer.

The 2,3-litre EcoBoost delivers 233 kW and 430 N.m of torque, and Ford claims a fuel-return of 8l/100km. This engine can propel the EcoBoost Fastback Manual Mustang from 0-100 km/h in 5,8 seconds. The 5,0-litre V8 ensures that the Mustang is the most powerful and fastest-accelerating Ford ever sold in South Africa, with its 306 kW and 530 N.m launching the big pony to 100 km/h from standstill in 4,8 seconds.

Top speeds for both engine-choices are rated at 239 km/h and 263 km/h, respectively.

Ford managed to encapsulate the original design of the Mustang in its latest offering and recognisable traits such as the long hood, short rear deck, low roof, and wide stance has been retained.

Expect to see the new Ford Mustang on your local roads in the New Year.

Price: R699 900 – R899 900.