Excitement builds over European debut of Ford Mustang

Ford has confirmed plans to bring the iconic Mustang to Europe - a development which would mark the first official foray for the esteemed model into this continent.

The Mustang has been a flagship model for the firm since it was first unveiled in America back in 1964, and was the first of the so-called 'pony cars' – powerful coupes with long bonnets and small rears. Now in its sixth edition, it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its initial release when production begins in 2014. Ford Europe will be unveiling the Mustang at a special event in Barcelona on 5th December called GoFurther, also showcasing a host of other technologies which will be available on new Ford vehicles, outlining the future for Ford within the European market.

With the Mustang arriving with a new design, high performance and a host of innovative technologies, Jim Farley – Ford's global vice president of Marketing, Sales and Service – said that experiencing the model ignites a sense of optimism and independence that inspires us.

While official details on the engine size are yet to be confirmed by the marque, experts are predicting owners will be able to choose from a 310bhp 2.3-litre four-cylinder turbo or a range-topping 500bhp 5.4L V8, both of which are expected to benefit from Ford's revolutionary EcoBoost technology. There are also some changes to handling, with the conventional live rear axle being replaced in favour of an independent rear suspension system to give the driver more control behind the wheel.

An exact price is yet to be confirmed, with early predictions suggesting that £35,000 could be enough for enthusiasts to be handed the keys. Production is tipped to begin in late 2014.

With the arrival of the Mustang in Britain sure to bring an increase in visitors to Ford UK dealerships, this is a fine example of how the firm is always looking to increase its list of options available to customers.

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