It’s a 2.3-litre engine that develops 312bhp, and which can thrust you from a standstill to 62mph 6.0 seconds flat. Top speed is 145mph, and all the power is delivered strongly. The engine comes with a turbocharger that manages to keep running costs down, but which does cause the engine to lose some of its feral savagery.
However, you still get enough of a fizz and cackle to keep you happy.
Having said that, it can’t compete with the V8 when it’s in full flow and on song. This is a big, masculine engine emits that classic American sound we’ve all dreamed of. It suits the car to a tee and will be the engine the purists go for.
What might also influence your final decision are running costs. The 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine is the cheapest to run of the pair, and comes with mpg figures on par wit the Ford Focus RS, which shares the engine. It can average fuel economy of 34.4mpg, and costs £225 a year to tax.
Inside, you’ll be pleased to be greeted by the traditional, retro Mustang dash we’ve seen in the movies. It still manages to feel relevant in 2017, and doesn’t feel at all old-fashioned or – worse still – gimmicky.
Part of the reason for this is that Ford have introduced lots of new stuff, including the brand’s SYNC 2 infotainment screen and metal toggle switches.
Fit and finish isn’t on par with the BMW, and build quality isn’t one of this car’s strengths. And when you lower the roof, the car feels less rigid and softer. To that end, it’s to really a proper out-and-out performance car, but more of a relaxed cruiser.
It’s a wide car, too, which reminds you that it was designed with American roads in mind. This can make it tricky to park, but practicality is reasonable on the whole. Four adults can sit in comfort, while there are plenty of interior storage spaces for your bits and bobs. The boot measures a respectable 320-litres, but that’s still significantly smaller than the BMW’s.
BMW – £35,000 – £49,600
Ford – £34,500 – £40,000