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MR MUSCLE: New Mustang looks exactly the way it should - an excellent blast from the past.

Mighty Mustang sounds great, goes hard

UNTIL now Aussies have had to bring in secondhand Mustangs from the US of A, or perhaps some other intermediate country. While there were some imports by Ford Australia back in the mid 60s then again in 2001, these were overpriced and the local conversion to right-hand driver should have been visually better, though PHFKDQLFDOO\WKH\ZHUH²QH 7KH)RUG0XVWDQJ²QDOO\UHDFKHG Australia in full factory format in 2015 and has been a huge sales success. Order one now and your chances of getting it this year are slim. We couldn’t believe our luck when we scored a road test of a Mustang V8 GT for the two-week Christmas/New Year period.

By EWAN KENNEDY Normally we only get cars for one week, so this was a real bonus. Even better it was coloured in a brilliant red. (Thanks also to whoever crashed the one we should have been road testing for a single week a few months back‌) Mustang comes as a coupe (called Fastback by Ford) and convertible, ours had the hardtop, maybe we can score an open-top one next time. Ideally in winter when the weather is more suited to topdown motoring in our home area on the Gold Coast. Prices start at a ridiculously low $45,990 for the Mustang EcoBoost coupe with a

manual gearbox. Ours was an auto V8, at just $59,990. Long bonnet, short tail, styling geniuses at Ford came up with this stunning theme way back in 1964. There were some shockers in the 1970s and ‘80s before a return to normality in the mid ‘90s. The current model, released in 2014, takes us right back to the styling genius stage. Inside there’s a neat and simple design for instruments and controls that works beautifully. Mustang is powered by either a 5.0-litre, twin-cam, four-valve V8 or a 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine. The V8 has had many upgrades in recent years, with lessons learnt in developing the special-edition

2012 Mustang Boss 302. These let it breathe better, especially at higher revs. The result is power of 306 kW and 530 Nm of torque. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost turbo-petrol engine reaches 233 kW and 432 Nm and isn’t to be sneezed at. So far we’ve only tested it at the Ford Proving Ground and it’s both quick and nimble. A six-speed manual gearbox or a sixspeed automatic with paddle shifters FDQEHVSHFL²HG2XUVKDGWKHDXWRWR be honest this is probably the pick of the pair for real-life driving. Though we can understand the purists who prefer a do-ityourself gearbox.

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Toyota reveals new model Camry TOYOTAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S eighth-generation Camry sedan has been unveiled by the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s global president Akio Toyoda at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The latest Camry - featuring new styling with greater showroom appeal, a dynamic new platform and a more engaging drive - made its debut almost \HDUVDIWHUWKH²UVWPRGHOZHQWRQ sale. Toyota Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the all-new Camry will arrive in Australian dealerships late this year, after the end of local manufacturing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The next-generation Camry - a premium, high-quality sedan focused on performance and technology - will be built in Japan for the Australian market,â&#x20AC;? Mr Cramb said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will offer Australian motorists three Camry powertrains - four-cylinder petrol, petrol-electric hybrid and V6 petrol - and include a sports model with a stylish body kit,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mr Cramb said Toyota remained committed to local manufacturing until the fourth quarter of this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We will make further announcements about our plans, including the timing RISURGXFWLRQFORVXUHGXULQJWKH²UVW quarter of this year.â&#x20AC;? 1HZ&DPU\LVWKH²UVW7R\RWDVHGDQWR be based on a Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform. 7KHNH\EHQH²WVRI71*$DUHLPSURYHG dynamics, handling and ride comfort from the new Camry platformâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lower centre of gravity, higher torsional rigidity and fully independent rear suspension. Powertrains are headed by a new V6 SHWUROHQJLQH²WWHGZLWKGLUHFWLQMHFWLRQ technology and mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission - two more ratios than previously offered.

Â&#x201E; UNVEILED: A prototype of the new Camry was unveiled this week in Detroit. An upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive system is more powerful as well as being smoother and quieter. It offers three drive modes (normal, eco and power) as well as available paddle shifts. Local Camry buyers will also be offered Toyotaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which has been proven under Australian conditions. Standard across the new Camry range will be a suite of advanced safety technologies including pre-collision safety system with autonomous emergency braking, all-speed active cruise control and lane departure alert. Fresh exterior styling delivers a unique

and sporty look that gives Camry a more planted stance with a longer wheelbase, lower roof and bonnet lines and a wider body. The sporty look is accentuated by deeper pressed panels, an extended URRÂłLQHDQJOHGUHDUSLOODUVDQGWKH availability of 17, 18 and 19-inch alloy wheels. Next-generation Camryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premium interior delivers high sensory quality with soft-touch surfaces and stitching. New seats are more supportive and include greater slide range for the front and splitfold for the rear. Luggage space - already impressive has gained 10 litres for petrol models and

30 litres for Camry hybrid variants with the hybrid battery now placed under the rear seat. Improved technology and features include an 8-inch audio display screen, 7-inch colour multi-information display, 10-inch colour head-up display and an electronic park brake instead of the footoperated pedal. In Camryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 34-year history in Australia, sales have surpassed 900,000 cars including 690,000 four-cylinder petrol models, 42,000 hybrids and 169,000 V6 variants. Camry has been Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best-selling mid-size car for each of the past 23 years.

Mighty Mustang sounds great, goes hard Â&#x201E; From page 1 Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a nine-speaker radio in there somewhere, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say we spent much time listening to it. The big Mustang was far more entertaining from an audio perspective. The 2017 Mustang has Fordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sync 3 system with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Ford Applink 3.0. It offers increased functionality and responsiveness compared WRWKHV\VWHPLQWKH²UVW0<6\QF Mustang imports to Australia. The high-resolution 8.0-inch colour touchscreen is clear and easy to read but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rather low on the central dash and may cause driver inattention for longer periods than we are comfortable with. Huge tyres, big powerful Brembo brakes, well-sorted suspension and a very responsive V8 engine provide not only great driving pleasure, but also plenty of ability to stay out of trouble. Should you, or someone else, make a big mistake then you will be pleased to know )RUG0XVWDQJKDVUHFHLYHGD²YHVWDU ANCAP rating. The V8 sounds and feels exactly the way a sporty V8 should. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lumpy at idle, produces a nice snarl even when you DFFHOHUDWHJHQWO\LQWUDI²FFRQGLWLRQV§DQG roars when you get onto the open road and give it a bit of stick. ,VWKLVWKHPRVWHQMR\DEOH9,ÂŹYHHYHU

Â&#x201E;CLASSIC PONY: The new Mustang keeps its classic shape but has the latest in comfort and techonology. sat behind? Almost certainly yes, okay Maseratis may sound even better than this Ford, but have a look at their price tag. Snick the shifter down into Sport and the Mustang isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happy at very low speeds, surging and carrying on and a real hassle to drive in a carpark. Which is exactly the way LWVKRXOGEH§\RXZDQWVSRUW\RXJHWLW Throttle response from the non-turbo engine is virtually instantaneous and the engine is happy to rev to the top of the VFDOHWKHODWWHUDPDMRULPSURYHPHQWRQ V8s of old. This is a big car, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like it

on the road, being quick in the steering, providing reasonable feedback through the electric steering assistance and happy to hold the road at big cornering speeds. There are really only two seats worth talking about as Mustang is a 2+2 not a full four-seater if thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anyone other than kids in the back. Seat support is good without being IXOORQVSRUWVXQLWV7KH\DUHDGMXVWDEOH for height, which will probably please those who are vertically challenged and intimidated by a very long bonnet. Boot space is good and the folding rear

seatbacks, while they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t line up particularly well when folded, do give you plenty of luggage room for a long weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday. The well-sorted suspension ironed out some pretty ropey roads out of town, while the Brembo brakes were equal to the task of slowing the 1600 kg-plus coupe on coming up behind slower road users. Steering was weighted according to the pre-selected driving mode. Ford Mustang is ultra stylish, has great performance and is dirt cheap. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly aimed at the shy and retiring types, EXWDQ\RQHZKRHQMR\VGULYLQJZLOOORYHLW


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