This is ‘my’ Ford Mustang. I say ‘my’, because it does in fact belong to Ford who have given me the car for a few months in the hope that I’ll write some nice stuff about it as a kind of ownership experience (if that’s what you want to read about, then here’s a link). The Mustang is also pretty famous, and not only because it’s appeared on CT multiple times, but because it’s the exact same car that you will see in an episode of The Grand Tour.
But aside from its fame and what it’s like to live with, there’s one thing that I’ve failed to mention. And that’s the reaction this car gets from girls. Now because approaching random women in the street to ask “What do you think of my V8 Mustang” is apparently considered creepy, I used my girlfriend and her best friend as our guinea pigs to extract the vital information you will read below; it was their shrieks from the back seats that inspired this feature, after all.
So, in their own words, here’s what they think of it…
“I know I probably shouldn’t like it, but I don’t care. It looks like a beast and I love it! The fact that it’s bad on fuel and obnoxious makes me like it more too, and it’s funny that people always turn around to see what’s making all the noise. It’s a bit like a GT-R: big, brash and bold.”
“There’s really good legroom in the back, but the roof is too low, meaning that I hit my head on the window over bumps. I also don’t like getting in and out of the Mustang. The seat doesn’t go forward enough, so getting out with a dress can be undignified.”
“The noise of it and the constant throwing back of your head every time you accelerate always makes me smile and laugh. I also like that when you drive it normally, it’s really smooth. But mostly, I like going through tunnels and hearing the V8.”
“I don’t like how many buttons there are on the dashboard, and I have no idea what the metal toggles do either. It’s just too much, too messy. I also don’t like the infotainment system. It’s slow and fiddly and not as good as most of the new cars, especially from Germany. Also, another annoying thing is the fact that the handbrake is on the left, so when I lean right, I always hit it, meaning I have to consciously lean away.”
“It might sound weird, but the Mustang is a good car to do make-up in. The mirror [in the sun visor] is nice and big and light is strong too.”
“No matter where we’re going, I always have fun in the Mustang. I enjoy the looks it gets, the noise it makes and the fact that it’s really rare. We need more cool cars like this on the roads, especially ones that are fun no matter how fast you go.”
Laura + Rhianne.
So there you have it: these are the opinions of two twenty-something girls who don’t know about the Mustang vs crowd jokes, and who have no interest in our daily Muscle vs JDM struggles.
Overall, they both scored the Mustang an 8/10 for its rugged charm, no damns given persona, and the fact that it looks like an expensive tank. The point deductions came from the interior quality, infotainment system and the fact that headroom in the rear is lacking. But overall, the Mustang V8 has well and truly won them over, which is definite win in my book!