The 2015 Ford Mustang is arguably one of the most anticipated vehicles to go on sale this year, and with the pony reaching Europe on a legal basis for the very first time, Mustang fans living across the Old Continent are more than excited to jump in its brand-new cabin.
They’re so anxious to get behind that stallion-badged steering wheel that the first 500 units scheduled to reach European shores have been reserved in just 30 seconds. It all happened during Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final, when more than 9,000 people battled online to reserve a pony.
The 500 Mustangs will go to 20 different countries, but only after the owners complete their orders at a Ford dealership later this year. Although the first 500 models are limited to Race Red fastbacks and Magnetic Silver convertibles, customers are allowed to choose between 2.3-liter EcoBoost and the 5.0-liter, V-8 engines. We’re no fortune tellers, but we have a feeling most buyers will go for the EcoBoost option.
Each of these vehicles will be equipped with SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation, Park Assist, heated and ventilated seats, black leather trim, and 19-inch alloy wheels, all part of a special package offered on the preliminary batch.
Unlike the U.S. version, the Euro-spec 2015 Mustang will get a stiffer suspension, specifically tuned for European roads. Also, the pony won’t feature the entry-level 3.7-liter, V-6 engine, which will remain as a base offering only in the United States.
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Why It Matters
The 2015 Ford Mustang is officially off to a strong start in Europe, a scenario Ford has been relying on ever since it announced the pony will travel over there. And it’s not surprising by any means considering Europe has been deprived of America’s iconic pony for decades. Now that the Blue Oval is offering a more frugal, four-cylinder engine, the Old Continent is set to become a key market for ’Stang.
For the first time in its 50-year-long history, the Ford Mustang carries an independent rear suspension under its skin. The revised interior, the upgraded technology and the enhanced engines are also amongst the features that highlight the 2015 Mustang. The sixth-generation model is also the first pony to gain a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine since the 1986 Mustang SVO.
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Ford Motor Company said more than 9,300 people registered online for a chance to reserve one of the first 500 new Ford Mustang models for Europe during last weekend’s UEFA Champions League Final.
Ford received the first 500 registrations to reserve a new Ford Mustang just 30 seconds into the match where Real Madrid CF beat Club Atlético de Madrid 4-1 after extra time. The new Ford Mustang will be the first ever to be made available across Europe when it goes on sale next year.
“We knew there was huge excitement building for the new Ford Mustang coming to Europe, but the response during the UCL Final was overwhelming,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “It was a truly special way to kick off the Ford Mustang era in Europe.”
The 500 new Mustangs were allocated across 20 countries. Ford will in the next few weeks contact the customers from each of these countries who were quickest to place their reservation to let them know they have been successful. Each customer will then be invited to complete their order at a dealership later this year.
Fastback models in Race Red and convertible models in Magnetic Silver were available and both will include a special package. Customers also had the choice of Ford’s all-new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine with more than 309 PS and 407 Nm of torque; or the 5.0-litre V8 engine, which will deliver more than 426 PS and 529 Nm of torque.
The 500 models also will offer Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity and navigation system; heated and ventilated seats; Park Assist; black leather trim; chrome detailing; and 19-inch alloy wheels.
As the official vehicle supplier to the UEFA Champions League for the 2013/2014 season, Ford provided more than 900 vehicles for official use. More than 200 Ford vehicles transported VIPs and match officials at this year’s Final, and a Ford Mustang also transported the winner’s trophy from the UEFA Champions Festival to the stadium Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon.