The all-American muscle car gets owned in a foreign land.
Asthe saying goes, it doesn't get any more American than apple pie and musclecars. Or was it something about England, high tea and V8 Mustangs? It turns outthat British Ford Mustang buyers are proportionately opting for the V8 versionof the new Mustang way more than their American counterparts. Yes, 70 percentof the 2,000 UK customers have opted for the 5.0-liter V8 compared to a mere 52percent in the country that bred it, the good old USA. This in a country with$7-a-gallon pump prices and hefty insurance hikes on larger engines.
So what makes the Brits so V8 crazy? For starters, Ford is only offeringtwo engine choices for the Mustang in the UK: the 2.3-liter turbochargedfour and the V8, while Americans can find a decent middle ground in the3.7-liter V6. Secondly, the 2015 Mustang is the first Pony Car to be sold inthe UK. And despite hefty price hikes and 12-month waiting lists,buyers are lining up to get a piece of this novelty that has finally reachedtheir shores. These guys aren't the sort of buyers who'll settlefor anything less than the real thing. So, should Americans be ashamed forfalling behind in their heritage, or simply bethankful for more choices and more affordable price tags?