Ford Mustangs 2

It has taken a while for it to get here (originally bandied to be around earlier this year), but here it is then, with Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) announcing the introduction of the Ford Mustang in Malaysia.

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With a right-hand drive version available for it, the pony car makes its debut here through official channels for the first time, and Malaysia is one of a select number of markets in Asia to sell the all-American muscle car, which is built at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

As originally speculated, the sixth-generation S550 arrives in two Fastback variant forms. These are the Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost and Mustang GT, the latter also wearing a 5.0L in its moniker. Both are Premium specification models (Equipment Group 200A for the 2.3, EG 400A for the GT) with a Performance Pack added on, and in terms of group equipment the cars are largely similar to Australian-specification Mustangs.

As for output and performance figures for the Malaysian-specification cars, the numbers are almost identical to the European versions, which are different from the North American versions’ outputs.

The 5.0 litre Coyote V8 is good for 416 PS at 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm at 4,250 rpm, which is detuned compared to the US version (435 hp and 542 Nm, same rpms). As for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost, the local car has 317 PS at 5,500 rpm and 432 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm, a marginal power increase (by two mechanical horses) over the American EB 23’s output of 310 hp and 434 Nm at the same rpms.

Both MY-versions are equipped with a ZF-based 6R80 six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission (as seen on the Ranger), complete with paddle shifters. When first previewed at Publika a year ago, there was no mention of plans to bring in the Ford/Getrag MT-82-equipped six-speed manual variant, and it looks as if this is very much the case. The Convertible also looks to have been dropped from plans.

Standard equipment for the two-model range consists of an Ebony Leather interior trim and Engine Turn aluminium dash panelling, the latter replacing the Satin Brush finish panelling – that comes standard with the Premium specification – on both cars.

Common items also include HID headlamps with signature lighting, LED tail lights, DRLs, a rear diffuser, cruise control, selectable-effort electric power-assisted steering (Standard, Sport, Comfort), dual-zone climate control, keyless entry/push-start ignition and MyKey.

The front seats feature six-way power adjustabilty, and kit also includes rain sensing wipers, auto headlamps, a stainless steel dual exhaust (polished tips on the 5.0 GT), aluminium sports pedals and illuminated scuff plates.

The Mustangs are equipped with a SYNC 2 infotainment system, which comes with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen with rear-view camera, Bluetooth and USB connection. No navigation for the local cars though. As for the audio system, the specifications for both cars mention a nine speaker complement (essentially, a midline set-up, a notch up from the base six-speaker system, which comes with a 4.2-inch screen).

As such, the Shaker logo in the centre console of the cars seen in the photos (Race Red is 2.3 EB, Yellow Tri-Coat the 5.0 GT) doesn’t denote that an Equipment Group 201A pack (or 401A, for the 5.0 GT) – which is a Shaker Pro Audio System with 12 speakers and amplifier – is present, because there’s no blind-spot information system (BLIS) and cross-traffic alert on the local cars nor a driver’s seat/side-view mirror memory feature, all components specified with the pack.

The Premium specification adds a four-gang toggle-switch pack mounted on the centre console, and these control four selectable drive modes (Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet). No damper control, but the modes offer predefined powertrain and chassis-related calibration settings.

Standard safety kit includes ESC, Isofix mount points, a tyre pressure monitoring system and eight airbags (front, front-seat side, side curtain airbags as well as a driver’s knee airbag and an active glovebox knee-airbag for the front passenger).

The Performance Pack for the 5.0 litre GT adds on 19-inch ten double-spoke Ebony Black alloy wheels (with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear Pirelli P Zeros), Brembo six-piston 36 mm fixed aluminium calipers and 380 x 34 mm vented front discs as well as a 3.55:1 gear ratio with a limited-slip rear differential. There’s no Torsen unit to be found here, because the 3.73:1 helical gear differential only equips the manual version.

Also on, a unique front splitter, new heavy-duty front springs, unique chassis tuning, a strut-tower brace, a larger radiator and an upsized rear sway bar. The Mustang also comes equipped with an electronic line-lock, which is activated using the Mustang Track Apps feature.

Curiously though, both it and the 2.3L EcoBoost are missing the Gauge Pack (oil pressure and boost readouts on the centre console), which would sit in place of the central unit in the three AC vent layout seen on the Malaysian cars. The Gauge Pack is actually part of the Performance Pack specification trim.

The Performance Pack for the 2.3L EcoBoost, meanwhile, ups the wheel-size from the base 18-incher to 19-inch five twin-spoke Ebony Black alloys and 255/40 tyres. Other bits include replacing the standard 3.15 ratio limited-slip rear differential of the EcoBoost auto to a 3.55 ratio unit, essentially mirroring that found on the GT, and the brace, springs, rear sway bar and larger radiator mentioned above are also to be found.

The pack also uprates the 2.3L’s 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 the international media drive in Los Angeles.

Incidentally, the inclusion of the Performance Pack to both variants omits the spare wheel and tyre – and the rear spoiler – from the cars. A tyre repair service kit resides in the spare wheel well. No launch control, of course, because that’s also unique to the manual.

Five colours are available for both variants, the options being identical to that stated at last year’s preview – the shades are Race Red, Oxford White, Shadow Black (originally stated as Absolute Black), Deep Impact Blue and Magnetic. The 5.0L GT gets a special Triple Yellow Tri-Coat colour to make it six for the model.

As for pricing, the final numbers are higher than the tentative pricing mentioned back in June 2015, which was RM435k-RM450k for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost and RM550k-RM565k for the 5.0 litre V8. The Mustang 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang is priced at RM488,888, while the 5.0L GT V8 Mustang is priced at RM598,888, both on-the-road without insurance.

We drove the Mustang at the car’s international media drive in Los Angeles. Read our review of the 2.3L EcoBoost and 5.0L GT V8.

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