Ford Predicts The Mustang V8-Manual Combo Won't Retain Its Popularity


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Ford Mustang sales, especially in Europe, are hot right now. Speaking of which, it's a good chunk of UK Mustang buyers are ordering their cars with the 5.0-liter V8 and six-speed manual combination. Thing is, that trend isn't likely to continue forever. Speaking with Autocar at the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, Ford product development boss Raj Nair stated that "by the end of the car's production lifetime the sales will be split about 50/50" between the V8-manual and 2.3 EcoBoost-automatic combo.

"But later on, that trend will change," Nair added. The reason for the former combo's popularity is that UK Mustang buyers have been anxious to own one for years, and therefore opt for the most exotic engine-transmission setup possible. But "once people see the car on the road, others will order it in a more practical spec because they like the look of it. This is a normal trend so we expected it to happen." What we're wondering is whether or not this buying trend will be replicated in the US in a few years' time.

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