By David Ashton
The Ford Mustang has kept the ball rolling for the company through difficult times and is set to provide some tasty offerings in 2021. The headline-grabbing offerings include both ends of the spectrum. Changes and upgrades to the tried and traditional, while also a glimpse into the vehicle that may just pave the way for future Ford releases.
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Package
The 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will have the option of a carbon fiber handling package. This new upgrade will sit between the Handling Package at $1500 and the Carbon Fiber Track Pack at $18,500. While there are no official prices for the new package, the price will likely hover around the $10,000 mark.
Included in the carbon fiber handling package are 20-inch carbon fiber wheels, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, Carbon fiber dash, Recaro leather seating, deleted rear seats, GT4 track wing, and splitter wickers. Considering the cost of these elements bought individually, the package should be of great value. Especially when it’s coupled to the GT500’s 5.2L Predator V8, which can spit out 760 hp and 725ib. feet of torque.
Ford Mustang 2021 Discounts
No matter the vehicle or the amount of money you have swimming in your bank account, everybody loves a discount. From January to March, you can save up to $3250 on a new pony.
The Mustang Eco-boost Premium has the largest discount of $3,250, while the base model can be had for $1,750 off the price tag. The Eco-boost Premium comes with a 2.3 L turbocharged straight-four which produces 310 HP and 350 lb. ft. of torque. This drops the price of the premium Coupe to $29,630, while the convertible can be had for $35,130.
Other models are included in the discount line, which includes the Mustang GT Premium which has a $2,250 drop in price. Plus, the Mustang GT Fastback and Mustang Bullitt have been treated to a $1,750 discount. Ironically, the 2021 Mustang will get a slight price increase.
Mustang Mach-E Review
No matter your opinions on if Ford should have slapped the Mustang moniker on an electric vehicle, the Mach-E is definitely causing waves. Non-traditionalists may like the extra helping of ‘cool’ associated with the Mustang name. While long-time fans of the Mustang pony car will take more time to come around.
Either way, the Mach-E is here to stay, with the big question being, ‘is it any good?’ This review over at thisismoney.co.uk is worth skimming over as it’s a thorough test and a perspective from a European market. In today’s car markets, worldwide sales count more than ever. Therefore, it’s interesting to see how American flavors are perceived by the European palette.
Typical of an electric vehicle, the dash has the centerpiece of a 15.5-inch touchscreen display. Power is delivered by an all-wheel-drive automatic system, which comes from 2 electric motors, producing the equivalent of 351HP. Also, the range comes in at 379 for rear-wheel drive, 335 miles for all-wheel drive, and 279 miles in the standard range. A GT version is also planned for 2021, which should get to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds.
So, what are the overall conclusions of this outing? The answer is largely positive, but it’s best to read the full article to get the full nitty-gritty details.
Ford Stop Production in Brazil after a Hundred Years
According to the Financial Times, Ford will be stopping full production of vehicles in Brazil this year with a loss of up to 5,000 jobs. Brazilian Ford production has been a cash drain since 2013, with production shrinking a third in 2020 and only using 40% of its production capacity.
In North America Ford is concentrating only on the Mustang, with an emphasis now on suvs and pick-ups.
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