New 2023 Ford Mustang keeps V8 punch

For the first time, Ford’s designers have provided strong visual cues to differentiate the V8 version from the EcoBoost.

Of the two, it’s the four-cylinder turbo that gets less shouty styling, including a new grille inspired by the original 1964 Mustang flanked by a pair of slimmer headlamps, featuring new tri-bar LED daylight running lamps. 

The GT, meanwhile, gets more aggressive cues such as a gloss black grille surround plus a pair of nostrils within the grille that feed air to the new intakes.

Other changes are a new lower front bumper and a large bonnet extractor that not only vents hot air, but also channels high-pressure air from the front air intakes to reduce lift over the front axle.

At the rear, the V8 gets a larger diffuser and quad tail pipes in place of the turbo-four’s dual pipes.

Within the cabin, the base models get twin screens, but mid-grade and above trims get a new ‘continuous’ screen combining a 12.3in digital instrument cluster and a larger 13.2in infotainment screen running Ford’s latest Sync 4 software.

Capable of being updated over the air, this latest system enables a huge level of customisation that Ford hopes – along with the car’s styling – will attract younger buyers. One party piece is the ability to swap the modern gauge graphics for a digital recreation of the ‘Fox body’ (1979-1993) Mustang’s clocks.

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