The all-new, sixth generation Ford Mustang is on course for its right-hand-drive debut early next year, with engineering work now complete on a full production prototype.
According to the American manufacturer, the test mule “will be used to conduct various development tests” in preparation for the muscle car’s “entry into the global market in the coming months.”
Available straight from the factory in RHD for the first time in its 50 year history, the sixth-generation Mustang will eventually reach showrooms in more than 25 right-hand-drive markets around the world, including the UK, South Africa and Australia.
Aside from switching the steering set-up, Ford is also set to tinker with the overall specification, most notably the engine range. Over here, from launch there will only be a choice of two (rather than three) engines, with customers able to opt for Ford’s all-new 305bhp 2.3-litre EcoBoost unit, or the more traditional 5.0-litre V8 that delivers 420bhp.
Despite this, and although only a fraction of all Mustang models ever sold have made their way out of the USA, Ford is expecting significant worldwide interest. In 2012, for instance, more than 4,000 versions of the current car were exported outside North America, and in May of this year over 9,300 people registered interest in purchasing one of the first 500 European-spec Mustangs.