2025 Ford Mustang GT review


The new Mustang GT introduces fresh looks and plenty of updated technology, accompanied by a traditional V8 soundtrack

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The world’s most popular sports car has been thoroughly modernised both inside and out, but still retains its thunderous V8 character at heart. Given the amount of kit it now boasts inside, it’s good value at £55k. As enthusiasts, we can’t help but love it, even if the new digitised cabin divides opinion and its emissions are a rather unfunny joke.

The original Ford Mustang was first unleashed in the summer of 1964. In the six decades and more than 10 million sales that have followed, Ford has nurtured its iconic sports car to become a world best-seller.

This seventh-generation version has been comprehensively redesigned to celebrate the success of its ancestors, and to hike the Mustang howling into the 21st century.

So while it still adheres to the traditional front-engined, rear driven, V8-powered formula we’ve come to know and love over the years, Ford says the latest Mustang is a sharper sports car for a new generation of customers.

When will the new Ford Mustang be on sale in Australia?

The 2025 ‘S650’ Mustang will make its Australian debut in the second quarter of 2024.

Powered by a heavily revised 5.0-litre ‘Coyote’ V8 and featuring a raft of styling upgrades inside and out, the reborn Mustang is now a fully connected car, says its creator, with a new touch-and-swipe screen powered by Unreal Engine software – the sort of graphics wizardry that features on many of the world’s top computer games.

In layman’s terms, it has a fully digitised new cabin that’s been designed loosely to replicate the feel of a fighter jet, featuring two big new touchscreens in place of the famous double-oval dials of old.

The system is fully compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, so although the mechanicals might be familiar – big V8, uprated suspension, rear-drive, huge brakes, monster 19-inch Pirelli tyres – the Mustang has been well and truly modernised inside for its probable final outing. And as a result, it looks like an awful lot of car for the money at ‘just’ £55,725.

In Australia, the V8 GT is priced from $77,002 in six-speed manual form, marking an increase of almost $12,000 over the V8 form of the outgoing S550 generation. Unlike the UK, we still get a 2.3 turbo four-pot at the entry level, priced from $64,990.

For that spend, you get 345kW and 540Nm from the 5.0-litre V8 engine. This reaches the road through either a six-speed manual or a 10-speed auto with a mechanical limited-slip differential taking care of traction, regardless of which gearbox you choose.

You can also specify Ford’s excellent (but optional) MagneRide dampers from the more potent Dark Horse for an extra $2950, and there are no fewer than six drive modes to choose from, including Drag and Track.

Whichever options you specify, the new Mustang GT is a genuinely quick, entertaining car – although if you can afford the MagneRide dampers, go for them, because they’re great. In manual form, Ford says the car can get to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds. With the closer-ratioed auto, this drops to just 4.9 seconds. In both cases, the top speed is limited to 250km/h.

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It’s probably best not to ask about things such as fuel consumption (23.5mpg combined*) or emissions (274g/km), because the numbers are pretty horrendous compared with most other new cars on sale.

NOTE: Official Australian fuel figures have not yet been released, but 23.5mpg converts to just over 10L/100km.

Instead, focus on the new 12.4-inch TFT instrument panel and the 13.2-inch central touchscreen if you want to show people how relevant your new Mustang actually is.

Better still, tell them about its revised suspension and uprated brakes and steering, and the fact that it can go round corners beautifully and provide more pure fun in the process than almost any car at this price – while making a noise that’s naughtier to listen to than pretty much any vehicle, at any price.

On the road, the Mustang has a cuddly familiarity to its personality that’s easy to get along with, once you get used to how big it feels physically from behind the wheel. But it also has a sharpness and a precision to its steering, brakes, ride and handling that hasn’t been evident before. It’s not a light car, at 1808kg, nor does it feel like an especially agile one to begin with, but it is a deeply rewarding one to drive once you get used to its size and its meaty control weights.

On the road, the Mustang has a cuddly familiarity to its personality that’s easy to get along with

We tried the auto and manual, in both GT Coupe and Convertible forms.

The pick of the bunch (for keen drivers) is unquestionably the manual GT Coupe, mainly because its gearbox brings the best out of the chassis but also because the fixed-head bodyshell feels notably stiffer and sharper on the move – more Mustang, if you will. That said, the Convertible is a nice enough thing to chip about in if the sun’s out, plus you can hear the machinations of the lovely V8 that much more clearly with the electric lid down.

The new digitised instruments aren’t for everyone, but they provide a lot of information about what the car is doing in a clear and reasonably intuitive way. Inevitably, the more time you spend in it, the more natural – and useful – the new cabin feels. Not that the driving position has changed much; you still sit low, behind a thick, chunky wheel, and the bonnet still feels a long way from your backside. In this respect, little has changed.

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2025 Ford Mustang GT V8: Verdict

Overall, the new seventh-generation Mustang is a welcome step forwards, and much improved over the car it replaces.

The dynamics are sharp enough to compete without being good enough to rewrite the rules. A BMW M4 remains a considerably faster, sharper driving tool – but also a quantifiably more expensive one, too.

In reality the new Mustang has few if any rivals out there in the real world. How many other 5.0-litre V8 sports cars can you name that cost less than $80K, are rear-wheel drive and make noises – or turn heads – like this one does? There aren’t many, hence the reason Ford’s order books are already filling up fast. That’s not much of a surprise, on this evidence.

Steve Sutcliffe & AutoExpress

2024 Ford Mustang pricing
EcoBoost Fastback auto$64,990
GT Fastback manual$77,002
GT Fastback auto$80,902
GT Convertible auto$86,752
Dark Horse manual$99,102
Dark Horse auto$103,002
All prices exclude on-road costs
Mustang GT options
Magneride adaptive suspension$2950
Black Pack$1500
GT Appearance Pack$1500
Prestige paint (Oxford White or Race Red only standard colours)$700
Recaro sports seats$2950
Model:2025 Ford Mustang GT
Model:Ford Mustang GT
Engine:5.0-litre V8 petrol
Transmission:6-speed manual or 10-speed auto
0-62mph:5.3 sec (manual), 4.9 sec (auto)
Top speed:250km/h (electronically limited)
Wheels:19×9-inch front, 19×9.5-inch rear alloy wheels

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