While making its way around the country (on a trailer), the all-new 7th generation Ford Mustang GT made a stop in the capital. DriveLife went along for a look, a chat, and to take some photos.

Around 30 people were there to look at the car – a mix of prospective buyers, and those who have already laid down a deposit – and see ‘their’ new Mustang in the flesh for the first time. We published an article on the new convertible version in April.

Also on site were two older Mustangs, a 1966 Mustang Sprint and a 1967 GT Fastback. Both of these cars are in showroom condition and yet were driven to the Ford dealership in Lower Hutt by their respective owners. It was hard not to compare those far older designs to the new Mustang, and you could certainly see some similarities.

What about the new, 7th-generation Mustang? Finished in Yellow Splash, the display car was actually an Australian-spec GT model, so that meant some differences to the New Zealand models. The Australian Mustang had a black roof, black mirror caps, different wheels and also a strut-tower brace that New Zealand-spec GT models will not have.

But otherwise, everything is pretty much the same. The display car was a 6-speed manual model and Ford New Zealand says that 30% of pre-sales of the new Mustang have been manuals, and that total allocation is now almost sold out. There are “just a handful” of automatic versions left for pre-order.

Nice little Easter egg on the 7th gen Mustang – all the generations shown on the back window

The Gen IV 5.0-litre V8 in the new Mustang manages a healthy 362kW of power at 7,250rpm, and 567Nm of torque at 4,900rpm. Ford New Zealand is also selling the Dark Horse model of Mustang, and this car has more power at 373kW and the same amount of torque, as well as other features and design tweaks. Most of the pre-allocation of Mustangs have been Dark Horse models.

We look forward to reviewing the new Mustang later in 2024 when it becomes available.

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Fred Alvrez
How on earth to start this? I've been car/bike/truck crazy since I was a teen. Like John, I had the obligatory Countach poster on the wall. I guess I'm more officially into classic and muscle cars than anything else - I currently have a '65 Sunbeam Tiger that left the factory the same day as I left the hospital as a newborn with my mother. How could I not buy that car? In 2016 my wife and I drove across the USA in a brand-new Dodge Challenger, and then shipped it home. You can read more on www.usa2nz.co.nz. We did this again in 2019 in a 1990 Chev Corvette - you can read about that trip on DriveLife. I'm a driving instructor and an Observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists - trying to do my bit to make our roads safer.


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