Europeans Finally Get The Mustang And Immediately Go For The V8

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The 2015 Ford Mustang: now with 70 percent more V8 and save-the-manuals approved. Well, in Europe at least.

If you are over the age of 21 in the States, you know what it is like to wait achingly long to get a taste of what everybody else has been casually (or at least legally) enjoying for far longer. And when that birthday finally comes, you don’t spend your hard earned cash and 21 years of angst on Natty Lite. You go to a bar and get yourself the good stuff.

With the new Ford Mustang’s introduction to Europe, it’s sort of the same thing. According to Car and Driver, after patiently waiting for 50 years to own America’s favorite pony car, the first 2,000 orders of European Mustang deliveries show the 5.0 liter V8 version filling 70 percent of orders. Something more beautiful than that statistic is the fact that 55 percent of orders are for the six-speed manual.

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Now before you wipe away your American tears of joy, remember that this is on a continent where gas is ridiculously more expensive than stateside (around seven dollars per gallon, according to the article), and where most governments have far stricter CO2 emissions policies and sucker-punch taxes against anything with more power than a Vespa.

To compare, the 2015 Mustang’s American numbers are far weaker, with 52 percent of cars selling with the 5.0. The rest of us opted for the EcoBoost engine or the V6, the latter of which isn’t offered in Europe.

The way I see it, it’s go big or go slow, and I am ecstatic to see my friends across the pond going big. There will be no posing, no corner-cutting, and definitely no cost saving. Hey, you are one of the first 2,000 people to own a new Mustang in Europe - if that doesn’t make you want to do burnouts in a roundabout, you bought the wrong car.

Chris Harris On Cars found plenty to like of the new ‘Stang, too, which you can watch below.

PHOTO CREDIT: AP

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If any group is going to save the manuals it will be Europe. Some of the things we love are probably still around because of markets outside of the US. It just sucks we get teased with releases of awesome vehicles around the globe that they can’t seem to ship to the US. Living in San Antonio I get to see Mexican Nationals driving cars I’d never expected to see in the States and it makes me think that if they can make it to the continent why can’t they make it to US showrooms?

Now you Brits behave yourselves and don't go getting your Nanny State banning American Muscle because y'all can't keep it between the jagged lines.