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Stop whatever you’re doing! The new Ford Mustang has been sighted in Malaysia, and it appears we will be getting both flavours of the sixth-gen pony car – the 2.3 litre EcoBoost (310 hp and 433 Nm) and the full-on 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 (435 hp and 541 Nm). The images were posted earlier today on the Malaysia Exotic Car Spotters FB group page.

So, how do you tell the difference between the two S550 models? Well, the top-of-the-line Mustang (seen here wearing a Triple Yellow tri-coat finish) with the V8 will have ‘5.0’ and ‘GT’ badging on the sides and rear of the car. Additionally, the presence of 19-inch ten double-spoke Ebony Black alloy wheels on the unit is a tell-tale sign that the GT Performance Package has been fitted on here.

The GT Performance package tags on a 3.73:1 Torsen helical gear differential, Brembo six-pot front calipers and 380×34 mm vented front discs, a Gauge Pack (oil pressure and boost readouts on the centre console), a front splitter, new front springs and unique chassis tuning, among other things.

As for the blown Mustang (Race Red, Oxford White, Magnetic Grey), there is no ‘5.0’ badging on the side, and the ‘GT’ on the rear hatch is replaced with the Mustang logo instead. Some giveaways that the units are equipped with the EcoBoost Performance Package – the front splitter is a cue, but again, the 19-inch five twin-spoke Ebony Black alloys signify the presence of the add-on kit.

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The package replaces the standard 3.15 ratio limited-slip differential of the EcoBoost auto to a 3.55 ratio unit, adds in the Gauge Pack and uprates the brakes to 352 x 32 mm vented front discs (with four-piston 46 mm fixed aluminium calipers) and 330 x 25 mm vented rear discs (with single-piston 45 mm floating iron calipers), the same configuration as seen on the test mule during our international media drive in Los Angeles.

It’s very likely that both the 5.0L GT and 2.3L EcoBoost follow Australian specification models, and thus are Premium specification variants, which adds on a four-gang toggle-switch pack that controls four selectable drive modes (Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet), but without any interior shots, it’s difficult to verify this.

The Malaysian cars are also likely to be automatics, equipped with the ZF-based 6R80 six-speed SelectShift, with paddle shifters. When first previewed at Publika a year ago, there was no mention of plans to bring in the six-speed Ford/Getrag MT-82-equipped manual variant – we’ll find out soon enough.

The Mustang was originally slated to make its official debut here this year, though there were plans to accelerate that to the end of last year, which of course didn’t happen. Tentative pricing back in June 2015 was RM435k-RM450k for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost and RM550k-RM565k for the 5.0 litre V8. It was said that both the Fastback coupe and Convertible body styles will be offered, but for now, it seems to be only the former.