Bill Ford, CEO of Ford Motor Company launched Ford’s newest flagship car, the seventh generation Mustang on September 14 last.
The state-of-the-art Mustang that goes on sale next summer could be the last gas-powered version of the muscle car, as Ford’s efforts now focus more on its lineup of battery electric cars.
The company plans to convert half of its global production into electric cars by 2030.
The new Mustang is built in the same format as the sixth generation, but is given a new twist on the inside and outside with a revamped five-liter V8 in the GT.
The V8 which has up to 500 horsepower beats other Mustang engines, while the four-cylinder engine will be more efficient than its predecessor.
“Performance is everything,” said Ed Krenz, Head of Engineering for Mustang, adding “this is our legacy, this is our future. It’s over zero to 60 times. This is a V8 rumble. This Mustang drives with three pedals. He can carve canyons.”
The company did not say whether the next generation would be an electric car, but officials said Ford could meet the government’s fuel economy requirements for this generation because of its four-cylinder engine and Mustang Mach E SUV and other electric vehicles.
This Mustang is given a new sheet metal on the outside so that the wind exposure is lower than in the previous generation.
NASCAR driver Austin Cindric said he was “in love with this car.” He added, “Seeing everyone who came tonight interested in trying it, I think the thrill and experience of driving really brings people from all backgrounds and walks of life together. I think Ford understands that. I think this car is for people like me and you.”
The launch at the North American International Auto Show was attended by hundreds of people, including foreign car enthusiasts. [em/jm]