The all-American muscle car gets owned in a foreign land.
As the saying goes, it doesn't get any more American than apple pie and muscle cars. Or was it something about England, high tea and V8 Mustangs? It turns out that British Ford Mustang buyers are proportionately opting for the V8 version of the new Mustang way more than their American counterparts. Yes, 70 percent of the 2,000 UK customers have opted for the 5.0-liter V8 compared to a mere 52 percent 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 offering two engine choices for the Mustang in the UK: the 2.3-liter turbocharged four and the V8, while Americans can find a decent middle ground in the 3.7-liter V6. Secondly, the 2015 Mustang is the first Pony Car to be sold in the 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 reached their shores. These guys aren't the sort of buyers who'll settle for anything less than the real thing. So, should Americans be ashamed for falling behind in their heritage, or simply be thankful for more choices and more affordable price tags?