motoring / 15/08/2016

A week in the Mustang

I was fortunate enough to get to drive a Mustang for a week, thanks to Ford South Africa. Most of you who follow my blog will know that I drove it last year in San Francisco when I visited Ford’s Silicon Valley research centre. Driving a Mustang in the US is bucket-list stuff, and I absolutely had a blast, but there’s something different about driving it in South Africa. It’s nowhere as common as it is in the US, and everyone, I mean *everyone* stares.

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It was pretty cool to witness the excitement it generated from onlookers, security guards, kids, drivers and well just about anyone. I had to wear sunglasses to hide because I felt I couldn’t deal with the attention, lol. Guys next to me at the traffic lights opened their windows to stare and listen as I took off… it was kinda weird smiling at strangers at traffic lights, haha!

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The first thing I did with the Mustang, as I would with any Ford, is pair my phone to SYNC so I could listen to my Apple Music playlists over Bluetooth. I don’t have this setup with my own car, so if I get a car with this feature, I make full use of it. The music sounds better on a car’s audio system, which you can control via the steering wheel, or through voice commands (don’t know why there’s no sat-nav on the car). I must add though, sometimes it was just better listening to the Mustang growl, instead of my music 😉

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I drove the 2.3L EcoBoost in manual, and let me tell you, it wasn’t the easiest car to drive. The clutch was too stiff. I prefer a manual to automatic in general, but this was the first time I wouldn’t have minded the auto. It took a while to get used to, and yes, I did stall a couple of times; not gonna lie.

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But, I had a lot of fun taking off at traffic lights, and while I didn’t do anything on residential roads that woulda had me thrown in jail, by the time I looked at the rear view mirrors, everyone else was visible only in the distance 😂

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There were numerous times where other cars would just get out of the way – not that I gave any indication I want them out of the way, *promise*, but it certainly felt awesome. Let’s be honest… you can’t ignore a Mustang if you see it on South African roads, and all those folks knew it was only logical to give me way (except maybe one jerk person).

The Mustang has a cool feature called Track Apps, located in a small 4.2-inch LCD screen next to the speedometer. Drivers can access fuel economy, and performance. It can also measure g-forces, acceleration and braking times. This blog post is by no means gonna help you buy a Mustang, but you can find plenty of reviews online. Also, I think anyone buying a Mustang isn’t reading reviews about it, never mind this blog 😉

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The car is much wider than I’m used to, of course, so I parked in the middle of rows of empty bays but while driving on the road, I tried not to concentrate on this, so just carried on like I was driving any other car, and it kinda worked. I think if I obsessed over it, I wouldn’t have been as focused.

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I took it on a little weekend away, and as the car is a four-seater, managed to fit luggage, food and the works for us four ladies. Actually, was impressed with the boot space.

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The most surprising thing about driving the Mustang were the comments to me, “nice car”. So clearly my intention of dressing down in a hoodie intentionally didn’t have the effect I hoped 😀 Cos folks thought I owned a Mustang!

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This blog post was largely a photo essay, thanks for reading. And thank you Ford for letting me drive the Mustang for a week!

Photography: @hellospaceman



Nafisa Akabor
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