The Ford Mustang didn’t just celebrate its birthday, it was also named as the world’s best-selling sports coupe last National Mustang Day. With sales amounting to 113,066 units, this is the Mustang’s fourth consecutive year of dominance in the segment. 75,842 of these were from the United States. Global sales data were based on IHS Markit 2018 total new vehicle registrations for all sports car segments.
According to Ford president for global markets, Jim Farley, the Mustang was the one which “broke the mold” when the blue oval brand introduced it in 1964. It was the car that coined the term ‘pony car,’ which was eventually followed by rival manufacturers. Common characteristics include a long hood, a short deck lid, and rear-wheel-drive.
“Nothing says freedom, the wind in your hair and the joy of driving like Mustang; it’s an icon. The roar of its V8 on a spring day, there’s nothing better. No wonder it’s the most popular sports coupe in the world.”
Jim Farley Ford president, global markets
In 2015, over 500,000 sixth-generation Ford Mustang units have been sold. Meanwhile, it was available in 146 countries in 2018. The nameplate was able to capture 15.4% of the total sales of the entire segment last year and Ford believes that the new Mustang Bullitt has something to do with it, as it exceeded global sales forecast by 25%.
For even hotter news, Ford packed the 2019 Mustang with a turbocharged option for the 2.3 EcoBoost variant. This new performance package bumped the power to 330 hp, while the torque output remained 434 Nm. In addition, Ford shortened the rear axle to 3:55, giving the pony car a quicker acceleration rate.
If you want something with more performance, then you must be looking for the Shelby GT500. This beast is powered by a supercharged 5.2-liter V8 engine connected to a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission. Together, this setup can settle 700-plus hp on the road. Not to mention, this thing looks ferociously ready to devour anything that gets in its way. Any way you look at it, the Mustang family has any options to suit customer needs.
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