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This Special Edition Ford Mustang Edition Is Quite Ironic

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Time to celebrate 55 years... in Europe?

This year marks the 55th anniversary of the mighty Ford Mustang. To celebrate, Ford is launching a new special edition version of the popular pony car aptly named the Mustang55. Ironically, however, it won't be available in America. Instead, the special-edition Mustang will be a European exclusive. Ironic, considering the Mustang has only been on sale in Europe for the last four years of its life.

Based on the Ford Mustang 5.0-liter V8 and available in fastback or convertible body styles, the Mustang55 sets itself apart from the standard car with unique styling features including black, dissolve-effect stripes on the hood and lower body sides, and a black-painted roof for fastback models complementing gloss-black 19-inch alloy wheels. Shadow Black Mustang55 models also feature silver stripes, while convertible models feature a black cloth roof.

Elsewhere, the upper and lower front grilles are finished in two-tone Gloss Back and Pillar Black and the upper grille incorporates a Pillar Black pony badge. An optional Pillar Black raised trunk-lid spoiler completes the bespoke exterior.

Inside, the interior is enhanced with carbon fiber-effect dashboard inserts, and a leather-wrapped center console and knee bolster with distinctive grey stitching, which has also been applied to the floor mats. Mustang55 models equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox also feature a unique molded gear-shift knob, while 10-speed automatic models feature a unique alloy metal gear-shift knob. Seats and door trims are also finished in Alcantara.

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Standard comfort features include heated and cooled front seats, Ford's Sync 3 connectivity system with DAB+ radio, a premium 12-speaker sound system, and a FordPass Connect on-board modem with connectivity features including remote start for automatic models, remote door lock unlock and vehicle locator. There are no mechanical upgrades, which means the stock engine produces 460 hp and 420 lb-ft.

Additionally, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost Mustang has been given some exterior enhancements inspired by the Shelby GT350 and GT500, including door mirrors and a trunk spoiler finished in Magnetic Grey, hood stripes, and a new Magnetic Grey California grille incorporating the classic tri-bar pony badge first seen on 1965 Mustang models. Ford's Active Valve Performance Exhaust also now comes as standard, with a new mode that limits the exhaust noise at specific times of day to avoid annoying the neighbors. Ford also confirmed the new Bullitt Mustang will continue to be sold in Europe for a second year.

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