5. It has ground clearance
There’s no road-hugging carbon-fibre spoiler to worry about on speed bumps and driveways, and the tyres don’t have the infinitesimally small sidewalls that are de rigueur on supercars and make potholes a thing of terror. I should add here that the Mach 1 handling is better than you might expect. Some previous Mustangs handled like speedboats.
6. It is available
Ferraris are generally special order, and you have to be prepared to wait months and sometimes years. In a world where instant gratification is no longer considered quick enough, any ’Stang is likely to arrive well before a Ferrari.
7. It is classless
And here’s perhaps the biggest advantage of the Mustang. Its appeal cuts across demographics, rather like the original Mini Minor and VW Beetle. OK, the skew with the Mustang is far more male than with those two cars. But so many people grew up with the legend of the Mustang from the 1960s onwards, and can now finally indulge, with a factory-built right-hand-drive Mustang at a reasonable price (every Mustang that came here before 2016 has to be converted from left-hand drive). Today’s Mustang is driven by plumbers and bankers. Nobody is going to look at you askance the way they might if you are driving a half-million-dollar sports car (though they may judge you for the amount of noise and pollution you are producing with your huge V8).
OK, we’re not pretending the latest Mustang is a direct competitor for Maranello’s elegant new two-door Roma. The plasticky interior with fake stitching on the dashboard makes that obvious pretty quickly. But it’s still a lot of bang for buck, and I enjoyed my time with it immensely.
FORD MUSTANG MACH 1
Price $83,365 (excluding on-road costs); $87,015 as tested
Engine 5-litre V8 (petrol)
Power/torque 345 kW/556 Nm
Fuel economy 13.9 L/100 km (combined cycle)
C0₂ 320 g/km