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We all know about the regulation differences between the US and Europe. When it comes to one of the most iconic cars in history, it’s easy to see how far it’s come in the last 60 years. Today I’m sharing with you Car Throttle’s video on the 10 differences between US and European Mustangs.
It’s common knowledge that the US Mustang looks cooler and performs better due to those pesky regulations, and here’s a closer look at why:
Due to pedestrian safety regulations in Europe, the European Mustang doesn’t have hood vents and to compensate for that, the EU version has an upgraded performance package.
With the right-hand conversion in EU Mustangs, the exhaust manifold is constrained by the steering shaft which creates a 25 horsepower difference.
The EU Mustangs don’t get the 3.73:1 drive ratio like the US version. The only option is 3.55:1 which means it sacrifices its acceleration.
In the US both the rear lights and the secondary indicator on the flanks are red whereas in the EU, they’re white and orange respectively.
Daytime running lights
The European headlights don’t use tri-bar lights as DLRs, instead they’re integrated into the fog lamps whereas in the US they’re just reflectors.
Europe doesn’t get the V6 engine option which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as it’s the weakest engine option for the Mustang with only 300 horsepower and is far less fuel efficient.
The power-folded and heat-assisted mirrors in the EU are fatter and more triangular than the US versions and the reason behind this – yes you guessed it – EU regulations dictate the size of the mirror which means US Mustangs have slimmer and better looking mirrors.
The US Mustang is the same price as a Ford Focus ST. The production plant for Mustangs in the US is in Michigan which means that there’s no expensive shipping fees or overseas taxes. The EU Mustang costs around $47,000, an expensive sum when the US version is only $33,000.
With the additional engineering costs included with cars that are right-hand drive, they don’t get the option of Recaro seats.
In the EU, the V8 engine is the one everyone wants and that means that only 30% of buyers opted for the Eco boost engine whereas in the US around 40% of people opt for the Eco boost and 20% for the V6.