2016 Ford Mustang - Kiwis queuing up

Three-hundred New Zealand orders have come in already for the new Mustang, and DAVE MOORE'S pleased that his favourite Triple Yellow won't be too common.

Triple Yellow isn't high on preference list with the 300-strong New Zealand Mustang order book, but we can live with that.
DAVE MOORE/FAIRFAX NZ

Triple Yellow isn't high on preference list with the 300-strong New Zealand Mustang order book, but we can live with that.

We prefer our Mustang in "Triple Yellow Tri-coat" of our road test car, but we're not typical, as Ford tells us that of the 300 or so New Zealand forward orders for the car, which arrives at the end of the year, Race Red or Magnetic (strong deep gray colour) are the most popular tones. 

Most orders also err towards the GT 5.0-litre V8, again like our test car. However, the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost model would also be worth considering as it actually outruns some recent V8 Mustangs by a country mile, truth be known.

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More than 300 Ford customers have now placed orders in New Zealand for the highly anticipated Mustang and the profile of New Zealand's order book looks similar to order books around the world with car enthusiasts very excited. The overwhelming choice among the first orders is the Mustang GT Fastback with the six-speed automatic GT 5.0-litre V8. In New Zealand, it makes up approximately 60 per cent of the first orders.

"It's a fantastic time to be a Ford fan in New Zealand," says Corey Holter, managing director, Ford New Zealand.

The coupe takes four with ease and the good news is that the convertible will too. Photo: DAVE MOORE/FAIRFAX NZ

"We are so excited to be bringing to New Zealand what is a motoring icon and the very heart and soul of the Ford Motor Company. To have a response like the one we've had, which has been non-stop from the very day we announced the Mustang was coming to New Zealand, just makes it all the more exciting.

"Just like in America, we are seeing great early demand for the V8 GT models. But, we anticipate the EcoBoost model will be a bigger seller longer term, more so than most performance cars, as people see its great combination of performance and fuel economy."

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The Quad-Cam 32-valve Coyote 5.0-litre V8 is the powertrain preferred by most Kiwis. Photo: DAVE MOORE/FAIRFAX NZ

The new Ford Mustang has a recommended retail sticker starting at $56,990 for the six-speed automatic transmission Fastback, with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The range leading six-speed automatic GT 5.0-litre V8 Convertible, has sticker of $76,990, numbers we could only have dreamed about before right hand drive production was commissioned straight out of the US.

Ford NZ says that "Race Red" is the most popular Mustang colour choice. From there, New Zealand's initial orders take a unique direction with "Magnetic" following very closely and then, in order of preference "Ruby Red", "Deep Impact Blue", "Oxford White" and "Shadow Black". Our own Triple Yellow is nowhere to be seen!

The all-new Mustang is unmistakably clean-sheet design but it's still the famous "Pony Car" we all know and love. It has kept its classic shape, with a long sculpted hood and short rear deck, but with contemporary changes.

Several key design features define the new Mustang, including a low roof height and wide stance, along with a sleek, sharkish profile created by a long shallow-sloped windscreen and rear glass angle.Three-dimensional, tri-bar tail-lamps and the 21st century execution of the car's signature trapezoidal grille and shark-bite front fascia are also memory trigger points.

Familiar lines have been retained so that the new car can only be a Mustang - from any angle. Photo: DAVE MOORE/FAIRFAX NZ

The arrival in late 2015 is something of a morale-booster for Ford in Australia and New Zealand, who will lose the Falcon altogether in just over two years. Other compensation are in train too, of course with an uprated version of the HiLux bashing Ford Ranger, an all new Mondeo at last, a revamped and re-engined Kuga, a hot to trot new Focus ST and the new Edge and Everest SUVs waiting in the wings.

 - The Press

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