The Ford Mustang, as you may be well aware, is an iconic pony car that is popular not just where it originated in the United States but elsewhere too. The American brand’s push to make its models globally appealing did not restrict itself to the volume segments, as the latest generation Mustang has been a grand success worldwide.
A mind blowing fact is the bestselling sports car in Germany, home of some dedicated speedsters, has recently been the Mustang. Last year, Ford took down its barriers and introduced the Mustang in India as the GT version came to the fore with a massive 5.0-litre V8 engine that makes 421hp of power and 530Nm of torque(Middle East Variant). We got a chance to take it for a spin around Dubai and came out astounded as we should be.
The Mustang embodies the true spirit of Ford with its signature styling evolved through the years. Ford has tasted phenomenal success in Europe with its Focus hot hatchback and the Mustang is not a typical pony car from the US as it blends the recipe of taking the world elites while adhering to the essential needs of global customers amidst sticking to its identity.
The Ford Mustang is the perfect example of how a Grand Tourer should be! Or what I didn't expect from a Ford Mustang. From what I read and conceived, I pondered a fire-breathing track-bred machine but to my surprise it was rather settled when it has to be, but when you floor it, it’s a completely different animal altogether.
It has got years of heritage
First thing is first, it has got the heritage that will last for generations to come. You feel the purpose of the Mustang right from the word go, let alone the amazing design language honed over the decades.
You always admire the way it looks
It has a sculpted profile heavily influenced by the Evos concept showcased at the 2011 Frankfurt auto show up front with sharp styling and wedged edges. The rear features the iconic Vertical Bar tail lamps with LEDs. The interiors boast of an airplane inspired cockpit with increased body width and a larger cabin similar to the fabled Ford GT.
Overall, it’s a nice place to be with premium touches on the inside and a driver focused cockpit besides complementing the impeccable exterior.
Well cushioned seats provide good support for long drives unlike other sports cars
It has really well cushioned seats that feature seat heaters ,providing convincing support during long drives as opposed to many other sports cars that render an aching back with stiffened suspension pursued in the name of making the car go faster.
Decent miles per gallon
Another significant factor that has to be addressed is the mileage of 7kpl, as it gives decent distance to the gallon unlike other rivalling performance-based sports cars.
Brilliant infotainment system
The infotainment system is as good as it gets availing quality audio and all the necessary in-car functions. It has ambient lighting, eight airbags, dual-zone climate control, and heated and cooled leather seats offered as standard. The car also features Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system with voice commands and an 8.0-inch touchscreen.
It can (only) carry your pets or kids at the back
However, the elephant in the room has to be addressed as you can only carry your toddler or pet in the back seat. Being a GT sports car, you can’t really complain about the lack of space in the rear though but at the end of the day, we had to nitpick something right?
You can be a hooligan anytime
Coming to the drivability, it is as aggressive as it can be when you really put it in the go-fast scenario and you can bring out the hooligan in you at any time courtesy of the punchy raw power and of course the rear-wheel-drive configuration that keeps you lively on the road. The Mustang has four selectable driving modes – Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet.
Oh! I forgot the line lock option which makes things all the more interesting. Ford calls it as ‘Track Apps’ which helps you to do a burnout without much fuss.
Well, it costs cheaper than rivals and is totally worth the money!
Ford Mustang is totally worth the money and we highly recommend it if you are pondering over buying it. It is cheaper than some other dedicated sports cars out there – and one that you can live with every day and not complain about.
I could find more Mustangs than the closely priced Audi TT in Dubai while driving around. People love the Mustang GT for the massive engine under the hood and the rear wheel adventure which makes you a happier person than driving an all-wheel drive car glued to the road! The Ford Mustang GT still remains to be an icon.
We are awaiting to drive the 2017 For Mustang GT!
According to a report over 2.5 lakh people in India have registered for the Galaxy Note 8, of which, 1.5 lakh have done so via Amazon India. A total of 72,000 people pre-booked the flagship model on the first day itself when the registrations opened last weekend. Remaining 1 lakh pre-booked through Samsung India website.
The Galaxy Note 8 is launching here on September 12, the same day the iPhone 8 will be uncovered in California. The South Korean company could introduce the 64GB and 128GB storage variants of the Galaxy Note 8 to our market. It is expected to cost above Rs. 65,000 for the base storage.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung Galaxy Note 8 gets a 6.3-inch FullVision Quad HD+ display with a resolution of 1440 x 2960. It is powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM. The device also comes with a signature working stylus, the S Pen.
The Galaxy Note 8 also features a rear dual-camera setup with OIS (optical Image Stabilization): two 12MP cameras, one using a f/2.4 telephoto lens offering 2x optical zoom while a secondary lens camera has an aperture of f/1.7. Both lens benefit from an optical Image Stabilization (OIS).
There’s an 8MP camera on the front and it runs Android 7.1 Nougat along with having a smaller 3300mAh battery.
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Mini has revealed its absolutely bonkers version of the Cooper - the JCW GP Concept for 2019. It is set to debut at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Concept is inspired by the Mini's wins at the Monte Carlo Rally 50 years ago. There are certain design elements that will not make it to production model - like the huge spoiler, front and rear aprons and the sideskirts too. In order to help improve the power-to-weight ration, the car uses lighter materials like carbon fibre as well. Other noteworthy details include the LED tail lamp cluster shaped to look like the Union Jack. In the cabin, the Concept boasts of bucket seats, paddle-shifters on the steering, and a roll cage too. It also gets a red-and-black theme on the inside, as well as the outside, which sort of adds to up to a relatively sporty and aggressive stance.
You can expect a slightly more powerful engine in the next JCW Mini than the present 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbo petrol engine that makes 230hp.
Honda rider Rajiv Sethu maintained his lead in the Super Sports 165cc category on Day 1 at the Round 4 of the MRF MMSC FMSCI National Motorcycle Racing Championship as he secured the second position in Race 1
Super Sports 165cc (Race 1)
The 18-year old Honda rider Rajiv Sethu secured second place by clocking 10:18:134 minutes in the Race 1 of Super sport 165ccNational Championship, a difference of just .03 seconds. With this, Rajiv, who has secured podium in all the previous races, continues to lead the scoreboard with 123 points. Team mate Mathana Kumar S finished fifth clocking 11:25:135 minutes.
Honda One Make Championship
Honda One Make Race 150RNovice (Race 1)
Leading from pole position to the chequered flag, Amala Jeralda, from Chennai, secured first position in Race 1 of Honda One Make Race 150 Novice Championship. Amala clocked 10:15:838 minutes. Balaji G from Chennai finished the race at second place by clocking 10:17:292 minutes, closely followed by Satya Narayan Raju from Hyderabad at third place who clocked 10:18:948 minutes.
Honda All Ladies Race
Dominating the Honda All Ladies Race, Kalyani Potekar from Bhopal took the first position in the Race 1 by clocking an impressive 10:41:311 minutes. Deepika Rajeshwari (2nd) from Chennai and Elakiya R (3rd) from Chennai fought a close battle to grab podium places, clocking 11:26:476 and 11:26:887 minutes respectively.
Congratulating the winners, Mr. Prabhu Nagaraj, Vice President, Customer Service, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI), said, “Honda riders have been very consistent with their stellar performances and it is exciting to see such intense races with close finishes. The international exposure gained through Asia Road Racing Championship is giving Rajiv an upper hand in this year’s Championship. I am confident that our Honda riders will keep this momentum and maintain their lead in the points table.
The Marc VDS rider who is currently sitting third place in the drivers’ championship with two victories to his credit this season was shifted to the medical centre after injuring his left hip in a major highside at Turn 8 in the closing stages of Friday's opening practice session at Misano Grand Prix in Italy.
Despite the crash, Marquez finished the session with the fastest time, two tenths clear of championship-leading teammate Franco Morbidelli. Although it was reported Marquez had fractured his hip in the impact, Marc VDS issued a tweet stating this was not the case,
But added that the impact on his left hip caused internal bleeding and it would be unsafe for him to ride. The team also said the 21-year-old Spaniard will aim to return to action for the next round of the season at Aragon in two weeks' time but his absence has surely hurt chances of scoring some valuable points in the championship.
The Mercedes driver led from pole and crossed the finishing line in 4.4 seconds ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas with Ferrari title rival Sebastian Vettel a distant third with 36.3 seconds behind. It was his sixth victory of the season that prompted him three points clear of Vettel in the drivers' championship with Bottas in third.
Hamilton made a good getaway from pole position by moving right across the track to defend from Lance Stroll and leading into Turn 1. Esteban Ocon took advantage of Stroll to sweep around the outside and settled into second.
Further back, Bottas touched wheels with Kimi Raikkonen as they came through the first chicane. The 2007 champion snatched the position back at the second chicane but his fellow countryman swept around the outside of to reclaim the place.
Bottas then took third on lap three from Stroll before breezing past Ocon the following lap to move into second. The Finn reeled in the gap but couldn't get within two seconds of his team-mate and ultimately finished second to secure Mercedes' third one-two of the season.
Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo produced yet another impressive recovery drive and put great move on Raikkonen for fourth before setting about catching his former Red Bull team-mate Vettel but it was too late as the Ferrari driver took the chequered flag in the final podium position.
Raikkonen complained of a problem with the rear end of his car and had pitted early but he got ahead of only Stroll who was delayed unfortunately in his stop before passing Ocon on track for fifth. Stroll challenged Ocon in the closing stages but couldn't make a move before fending off veteran team-mate Felipe Massa to take seventh.