Paris Motor Show LIVE: Ford Mustang image

The second largest US automaker has opted to make the Mustang muscle car a global model, and the Euro-spec version has just debuted officially during the latest edition of the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris.

The Mustang has a 50 years long history, but the first model for the European region has only now been made available by Ford, with the Euro-spec version to hit dealer lots in 2015.

“The Mustang’s reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The new Mustang is modern, technologically advanced and creative, without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.”

Both body versions – fastback and cabrio – will be available in Europe and power will come courtesy of the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo unit and a very American 5-liter V8. The model has been updated inside out to be able to withstand the increased global competition, especially since the Old Continent is home to numerous sport models that have a long tradition on the racetrack. For that, the Mustang comes for the first time on all models with an independent rear suspension, together with performance brakes and standard 19-inch wheels.

Also, the model will be among the company’s first to offer in Europe the new SYNC 2 infotainment system – it revolves around a high-resolution, 8-inch colour touch screen and comes equipped with advanced voice control – enabling easy access to audio, navigation, climate control and compatible mobile phones.

The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine has direct injection, variable cam timing and turbocharging, together with a unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing. It delivers an impressive 314 PS and 434 Nm of torque in the European specifications (US version has 305 bhp and 406 Nm). Then there’s the traditional muscle 5-liter V8, which churns out 418 PS and 524 Nm.