Sime Darby AutoConnexion (SDAC) has officially announced the start of bookings for the upcoming Ford Mustang ahead of its arrival in showrooms in December, and has also released updated indicative pricing for both variants.

The range will start with the 2.3L EcoBoost model, priced between RM435,000 and RM450,000 on-the-road without insurance. That’s a full RM35,000 jump over the top of the RM350,000-RM400,000 estimated range intimated during the car’s preview in Publika last March, and is a world away from the sub-RM300k pricing previously bandied about – most likely due to the continued fall of the Ringgit’s value against the US Dollar.

Interestingly, the price range of the 5.0L V8 has stayed put, and has in fact been narrowed to between RM550,000 and RM565,000, at the low end of the previous RM550,000-RM600,000 indicated range. This puts the king-of-the-hill model as a serious bargain, as an extra four cylinders and 135 hp will be able to be had at a premium of just over RM100k.

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Still, among the two powertrains to be offer, it’ll be the 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbo four-pot that should see the highest take-up rate – it kicks out 310 hp and 433 Nm, while the 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 churns out 435 hp and 541 Nm.

The left-hand drive example on display at Publika was a 5.0 litre GT Premium variant – the six-speed manual Competition Orange preview unit was loaded to the brim with kit, with a Performance Pack that adds on a 3.73:1 Torsen helical gear differential, Brembo six-pot front calipers and 380 x 34 mm vented front discs and a Gauge Pack (oil pressure and vacuum readouts).

There are also new front springs, unique chassis tuning bits (including the front strut bar you see in the engine bay pix) and 10 double-spoke 19-inch Ebony Black wheels wrapped with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear Pirelli rubbers.

A “Shaker” description on a panel located underneath the four-gang drive mode toggle-switches on the centre console denotes that the particular car is also equipped with an Equipment Group 401A pack, which adds a Shaker Pro Audio System with 12 speakers and amplifier, driver’s seat/sideview mirror memory feature as well as BLIS with cross-traffic alert.

With the exception of the EG 401A pack, the car was essentially kitted out as per the Australian-specification version of the GT. The 401A set will certainly not be seen in our local-spec Mustangs.

Some other info gleaned from visiting the showcase earlier today. Specification literature lists only the six-speed 6R80 automatic for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost and 5.0 litre V8 models in both Fastback coupe and Convertible body styles that will be sold here – it remains to be seen if SDAC will bring in the pony car with the MT82 six-speed manual.