The Mustang has been a constant appearance on the US roads for the past 50 years mostly thanks to the fact that 9 million cars have been sold ever since its release. However, in Europe the Mustang is a rare sight being only offered on some markets and only as a special model, meaning that the buyer had to pay extra for it. This is the first time ever when Ford releases this muscle car on the entire European continent, allowing everyone to buy it from showrooms. Things aren’t as simple as they look though because the 2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version comes with a few changes over the American model.
Engine Lineup, Specs, Performance
Under the hood of the 2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version there are now only two engine options. The naturally aspirated V-6 has been discontinued from the European model because it just didn’t make any sense, being offered at a similar price to the EcoBoost, but with less power and a much higher fuel consumption. Because of that, the base engine is now a turbocharged 2.3L I-4 which develops 310 horsepower (314 PS) and 434 Nm (320 lb-ft) of torque, a lot more than the average person needs. The more powerful option comes in the form of the naturally aspirated 5L V-8 which can provide up to 412 horsepower (418 PS) and 524 Nm (386 lb-ft) of torque, enough to make the Mustang one of the fastest cars at this price point.
Both of these engines can get the coupe to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and both of them can get well past 150 miles per hour. This is also thanks to a standard 6-speed manual gearbox, which sends all of its power to the rear wheels via a limited slip differential. For an extra $1000 the car can also be fitted with an automatic transmission, which is not as good to drive as the manual, but it offers a smoother experience, both on the highway and in the city.
EU Mustang Exterior and Interior Design
On the outside, the 2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version didn’t remain unchanged. In fact, it comes equipped in the base form with the performance brake package with high performance drilled and ventilated disk brakes, 19-inch wheels with high performance tires, HID Xenon headlights, LED daytime running lights, and rear diffuser. There’s also an optional active exhaust system. The rest of the exterior is pretty much the same, as you can see in the photos.
When it comes to the interior, the 2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version comes equipped with dual zone automatic climate control system, audio system with 9 speakers, 8-inch navigation and infotainment system, leather upholstery and even electric sport seats. Options include ventilated seats, 19-inch wheels with a unique finish to them, 10 different colors as well as better audio system with a dedicated subwoofer.
The only real drawback of the European version is the fact that Ford is not going to offer either the GT350 or the GT500, which is a bit of a shame because those two could have given a run for their money to cars such as Porsche 911, Nissan GT-R and even some Lamborghini owners. There is a slim chance for the two to come in the future, but Ford didn’t say anything just yet.
2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version Price
The price for the European market is quite a bit different than those of the US versions. In fact, the base 2015 Ford Mustang EU-Version starts at roughly 35,000 euros (~$38,000), which is almost 40% more than the US version. The GT will be sold for 40,000 euros (about $43,500). Ford said this is because the price has to be with included VAT as well as certain import taxes, so they can’t sell the car at the US price. The car has been officially unveiled at the 2015 Paris Auto Show and went on sale this July.
Here are some additional pictures of the European variant of the popular muscle car.