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What is it? This is, of course, the 2018 Ford Mustang. The Blue Oval pony car which can trace its roots all the way back to 1964. Yes, it looks a lot like the existing car. But the subtle exterior changes hide a broad range of useful and performance-enhancing detail changes beneath that Detroit-designed skin. And the good news is they will be installed on all Mustangs sold around the world, not just in the US. So even our precious little island will get them all. What should we expect, then? Let’s start with the drivetrains. The 5.0-litre V8 now has 460bhp – 25bhp and 20lb ft more than the ’17 model – and a cheeky 5bhp more than the V8 Camaro. The 2.3-litre four gets another 30lb ft of torque with the same max power of 310bhp. Both cars can now be had with ten-speed autos – a version of the gearbox fitted in the Raptor – or a six-speed manual. Ford said it has looked at including auto rev matching on the six-speeder, but decided against it this time. What about the chassis?