New 2023 Ford Mustang goes on sale as UK's cheapest V8

The Mustang GT’s V8 produces 439bhp and 398lb ft – 29bhp and 7lb ft more than before. A full suite of performance figures has not yet been released, but the engine was previously tipped to launch from 0-62mph in around 4.0sec and top out at more than 170mph.

Strong visual cues have been adopted to differentiate the V8 GT from the Dark Horse.

Of the two, it’s the GT that gets less shouty styling, including a new grille inspired by the original 1964 Mustang flanked by a pair of slimmer headlights, featuring new tri-bar LED daytime running lights. 

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The Dark Horse, 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.

Inside, the base models get twin screens, but mid-grade and above trims gain 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 new 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 clocks from the Fox-body Mustangs of 1979-1993.

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