For half a century now, the Ford Mustang has defined the term ‘muscle car’. Several big, American, front-engined V8s tried to dethrone it as the quintessential muscle car, but none succeeded. The Mustang, in all its iterations has remained as much of a cinematic icon as it is an automotive one. Right from when Steve McQueen established himself as a driving god with his green, fastback Mustang in Bullit, to Nicholas Cage driving off a ramp in the gorgeous Shelby ‘Eleanor’ GT 500 Mustang in Gone in 60 Seconds – the Mustang never ceased to outshine her co-stars.

Why are we waxing lyrical about a classically styled, old-fashioned sports car? Because it has finally arrived in India. Although prices haven’t been announced yet, Ford has confirmed that it will be launching the sixth-gen Mustang in less than a week. Owing to legislation and a purchasing preference that favours small engines, the Mustang also gets a 2.2 litre Ecoboost turbo-petrol. Thankfully, that’s not the version we’ll be getting. That’s right, Ford will bring the big 5.0 litre 420 bhp ‘GT’ version with a six-speed auto-box. This is the first Mustang to be developed as a right-hand drive car for international markets and the India bound one will get a special performance pack as standard.

Ford has sold more than 19 million Mustangs worldwide, ever since it was launced in 1964
Ford has sold more than 19 million Mustangs worldwide, ever since it was launced in 1964
The car is Equipped with Electronic Line braking which allows the front brakes to stop electronically while the rear is free to spin a little, in case you want to get the tail out.
The car is Equipped with Electronic Line braking which allows the front brakes to stop electronically while the rear is free to spin a little, in case you want to get the tail out.
The sixth-gen Mustang is closer in design to the original version, than its predecessor
The sixth-gen Mustang is closer in design to the original version, than its predecessor
The new Mustang also gets 4 driving modes ranging from Track, Normal, Sport+ and Wet
The new Mustang also gets 4 driving modes ranging from Track, Normal, Sport+ and Wet
Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Frank Bullit in one of the most iconic screenshots from the film Bullit (1968)
Steve McQueen as Lieutenant Frank Bullit in one of the most iconic screenshots from the film Bullit (1968)
A freshly launched Ford Mustang shook the entire American automotive market with it's launch in 196
A freshly launched Ford Mustang shook the entire American automotive market with it's launch in 196
In Gone In 60 Seconds, the Mustang featured was one of the more powerful variants customised by American Racer Carol Shelby
In Gone In 60 Seconds, the Mustang featured was one of the more powerful variants customised by American Racer Carol Shelby
The 1971 Mach I Mustang remains a favourite among patrons
The 1971 Mach I Mustang remains a favourite among patrons