Driven: 2 Ford Mustang 2016 2.3L Ecoboost and the Ford Mustang GT 2016 V8 5.0L


Hello everyone and welcome back to another post by Supercars By Putera! In this post, We will be reviewing not one but 2 supercars! Actually, we were in a long wait to review this classic model made by Ford but it now has received a newly refreshed modern looks, the legendary Ford Mustang 2016 2.3 litre Ecoboost 310 horsepower and the Ford Mustang GT V8 5.0 litre 415 horsepower! If you personally ask me, “Putera, does it worth the wait?” My answer, “Yes! It is worth the time waiting for not one model but 2 variant of this Ford Mustang!” Yes people, I have driven the Ford Mustang 5.0 GT variant as well! So, it is definitely worth the wait!!

I’m intrigued to know and drive just how good an American Muscle car would feel like by being behind the wheel? Just like the old models of Ford Mustang that we see in the Fast and Furious franchise, we can see that the Ford Mustang are being modified to boost its torque and enabling the car to do a front-wheels-up by pressing the accelerator pedal fully to the floor. I know it would cost a fortune to modify the car in such way but if you are a gear head, you would definitely do it.. The latest version of the Ford Mustang are being shown to the public for the first time is in the movie, Need For Speed. By having this insights from this 2 supercar-feast movies to the eyes, my eagerness and curiosity level to drive the muscle car increases. We all know what is a super-car right? Having a high horsepower engine, and streamlined body/chasis to help increase the movement of wind passes the car as fast as possible and giving the car low resistance from the wind as possible. So, what is a muscle car? or what is an American muscle car? A muscle car essentially is a high performance V8-based car made in America(which is proudly being referred as “American Muscle Car”) The brands and models referred as American muscle car is among others, Chevrolet Impala SS, Ford Torino GT, Ford Mustang GT, Buick GS and Dodge Charger R/T.  The models that is mentioned above is the most high performance that are being made straight from the factory are the ones considered as American Muscle Car. Why such discrimination to the lower ends of the models? Sadly, even I don’t have the answer to that question.

My review? Let’s start with the 2.3 Ecoboost variant first shall we?

The Looks

At first glance, the body design of the latest Ford Mustang has a modern and sleek look. I’m astonished with how it looks even from afar especially when Ford fashion the car with bright and vivid paint colours. This pony badged supercar really is refined then its predecessors! The headlights and taillights are among the key components for us to identify from a distance that this is a new Ford Mustang! The big sprawling engine especially the GT 5.0 variant really fills the engine bay of the muscle car!

I know that you are here for this section right? Let’s start..

Once I received the keys to the muscle car, it is a dream come true. Like I mentioned above, I saw this car in Need For Speed movie, it excites me so much that I have the keys to legendary American Muscle Car here is Malaysia! Wow! My heart-pumps so vigorously at this point already let alone sitting in the car!

Upon entering the car, once I open the door, the smell!! Ouhhh, I do love a new car smell, this car in particular have the electronic-controlled bucket black leather seats that came with heat and cooling air out from the seats!! Essentially, you have an air-conditioner in the seat to warm you up or cool you down at a push of button.. Even you have the options to adjust the warmth and coolness of the air. How warm and how cool you want the air coming out from the bucket leather seats to be, it’s at your personalised preferences. Once I taken a few pictures, its time to sit in the car and feel the black leather that came all the way from USA. I am so hype at this moment.. Its a right hand-side vehicle so at the driver’s door, my left in the car, slowly and gently, I sat inside, followed by my right foot and closed the door. Again, the smell intensified! Wow! Its a great leather smell! The leather seats feels comfortable.. For a muscle car, I am sure that it is comfortable to make the car as your daily driving vehicle.. It fits for long distance journey too! So, immediately, in front of me, I can see the steering wheel with the pony as the emblem on it. The digital speedometer with lots of computer options to see the performance charts of the car, and with the settings to change the colour of the LED’s in the car. Wow! So many colours to choose from and the LED’s are not just running at the speedometer only, it further extends at the door handle as well.. We can control the settings of the speedometer at the steering wheel of the muscle car. That is only the speedometer part. Let’s move on with the centre console and entertainment of the muscle car.

Well, at this point, At the top right corner of the centre console is the start button of the muscle car. Wow, I amazed and blown away with the amount of buttons in the car. So many buttons to go through though! Wow!! The 4 main switches that give a different sensation to the driver of the muscle car at the centre console is the Steering Modes button, Drive Modes button, —

The Drive

I am really excited for this moment. Upon observing all the details in the car, and having the keys in my hand, the urge to push the start buttons builds up very fast in me as I want to hear the engine come alive very badly.. So, after having quite a holding-in the rumbling feelings to push the start button, and finally, I did it.. Once I pushed the start button, the engine came alive well! The engine roaring to life and the exhaust sound made the experience quite amazing! Well, I have to say, it is not as loud as other supercars that I have driven and reviewed in this blog but considering it is a 2.3 Ecoboost engine variant, it is certainly a signature of a legendary Ford Mustang! So, now that I have hear the engine.. How about reposition the gear in ‘D’ shall we?

The drive was surprisingly smooth! Not so much of a drama like other supercars that I have driven and reviewed in the blog. Even for the GT V8 5.0 variant as well except GT V8 5.0 variant has a slightly louder engine sound than the 2.3 Ecoboost. The top speed for both of the models are 155 mph and 0 to 100 km/h in 5.5 seconds for the 2.3 Ecoboost and 4.8 seconds for the 5.0 V8 GT variant! Wow! I like the speed though!

The Verdict

Despite the specs sheet and the V8 engine, my overall experience after test driving the car would be it lacks the beast personalities in it.. To be honest, I have a high expectations for the car to blow my mind especially when driving it.. The buttons, the leather seats, the LEDs is great but I am seeking for that punch, that something extra that Ford came out to try and beat other supercar makers. Be it a big makeover in the performance or overall looks, I still perceive that the legendary Ford Mustang stands on its own. Ford came out with this specifications for a reason and I think it is impressive to see, great accessibility to features and functions of the car, overall good performance of engine and most importantly, a great new car to take on the name “Mustang” as its predecessor owns the name gloriously.

Before I end my write-up of the Ford Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost 2016 and Ford Mustang GT 5.0 V8 2016, I would like to thank you to the one and only, Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia specifically Mr Khairi Edin, Head Sales Consultant for letting me test drive an American Muscle Car. To all my loyal readers, thank you for your time by reading this post from the beginning until the end, I hope it will help you by giving the insights and how it feels like to drive it. Once again, thank you and have a wonderful day ahead! Before you go, have a look at the pictures below! 🙂

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Driven: Range Rover Sport SVR! Best in its Class!


Hello everyone and welcome back to another post of Supercars by Putera! I’m thrilled and excited to let all my loyal readers and first timers in visiting and to read this week’s fresh and brand new car, as you can see from the title of this post. Brand new Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR 2016. Now, if you have any disagreement on why this enormous size SUV end-up here in my blog? Slow down your horses fellas.. This is NOT the regular spec Range Rover. It is the SVR version. Top-of-the-line specification of the Range Rover line-up models. In its essence, SVR stands for Special Vehicle: Racing. Hence, I would like to call it “SuperSUV” which it is eligible to be featured here in Supercars by Putera. Let’s go through some of the facts about this beast but beautiful and fast SuperSUV!

It has 5.0 Litre 550 brake-horsepower V8 Supercharged Petrol engine. This Four-Wheel Drive(4WD) beast has 8-speed Automatic gearbox with Manual capabilities on the back of the steering via Paddle Shifter. It also has seductive chrome-touch 22-inch rims with low profile high-performance tires(at the time of test drive, it has Continental ContiSportContact 5 SUV tires) as it delivers a solid statement that this SUV is meant to be driven at fast speed especially on-road surfaces. During the photo shoot session, I noticed the rims reflects the shadows of anything passes it. That’s how shiny it is! Wow! As the price of the tires are quite subjective to be discussed here but it provides superb road grip, road manoeuvring/handling and safety when cornering. Surely, it fits with the beast!

Maximum speed of this SuperSUV are at 260 km/h @ 162 miles/h! From 0 to 100 km/h this beast can achieve it at 4.7 seconds! Wow! That is fast! Such a big engine on this SUV with huge rims, road-hugging tires and comfortable yet luxurious leather bucket-seats all-round are one of the Land Rover Range’s engineer thoughts in designing and building this SuperSUV. Yes, you read it right! All 4 of its seats are bucket seats! (Go to the photos down below to have a look at it and come back here to continue reading, ok? 😉) Apart of the luxurious two-tone Range Rover’s leather bucket seats on interior of this deep blue SuperSUV, the Meridian Surround Sound System which consist of 19 speakers including the tweeter all-round makes the sound of the music rich and clear. The bass of the sound are superbly done and pleasing to the ears. It also came with big Panaromic panel sun-roof to let fresh get into the car while we can enjoy the sky-views while the roof is open. The buttons at the centre console of the SuperSUV. Well, since it is a Range Rover, 4×4, it sure came with lots of buttons to assist on manoeuvring in different kinds of earth surfaces especially, countries with 4 weather seasons. It also equipped with reverse camera. J

Let’s move on with the exterior, some notable and moderate makeover in comparison with the previous models of the Sport SVR is the front bumper, notice the front bumper has slight changes in styling “A-curve” to let the air intake to receive more air as the engine is producing 81bhp more than regular Range Rover Sport. On the rear, the sport active exhaust that came with the SVR model is mind-blowingly superb! At a push of a button, it can transform the sound of the exhaust to a loud and sport sound exhaust! Not just that, the doors are unique! Most of us know, continental cars/european cars are solidly built cars. The body and frameworks are made from steel and/or carbon fibre for the supercars and hypercars alike! By definition, they have heavy doors. So, usually, to close the doors, we have to exert lots of our energy to slam shut the door but this Range Rover Sport SVR is different. We can just push the door towards the door hinges gently and the door will close shut by itself! Wow!.. Just wow! I did this open and closing the doors many times! Its just too stunning.. Modern technologies really have improved as lots of people spend their time, money and efforts into Research and Development to ensure the public can obtain a better life.

 

Test Driving the Range Rover Sport SVR

Unlike in my previous posts, both of the cars, Nissan GTR R35 and the Mercedes-Benz A45 4MATIC AMG, I have lots of time to enjoy with the car and driving it on the freeway(highway) was a bliss! In this post, the Range Rover Sport SVR, I get to drive it on the streets of Kuala Lumpur only(not on the highway though) not like the 2 previous cars. Either way, I’m grateful for the pleasure given by Moga Motors Sdn Bhd for giving me the opportunity to drive it even for a short while. So, in my hands are the keys to the Sport SVR. For the first time ever, I unlocked the car. The 2 things that moves once I unlocked the car was the side mirrors that opens side-ways and number 2 that moves is the side-steps! Yup, you read it right! The side-step moves outwards to let us climb the SuperSUV with ease. Wow! That was jaw-dropping! So amazed with the car! I really do! Once I climb the car, again, just like in the previous posts, the bucket-seats.. I climb the side-steps of the car and as I slideee myself onto the bucket-seats, I can feel the luxurious leather bucket-seat which grips my body slightly more than usual a seat of a car. Once I closed the vacuum doors, I put the keys into the cupholder and switch on the engine using the start button on the left side of the speedometer. The engine came to life roaring! Wow! The sound made the sport active exhaust was awesome! Few revs I made and the exhaust sound was marvelous. On a switch of a button, enabling the sport sound, all of the doors are shut closed but I can hear the roaring sounds of the exhaust from the inside of the car. Mind you, even if I am not revving the car, I can still hear the loud exhaust! Wow!… Loud exhaust + Range Rover Sport SVR = valuable experience!..

I put the gear to “D” position, releasing the electronically-controlled hand-brake with the button on the centre console, and away we go!.. As I turned the steering for the first time, I can feel the 22” inch tyres turning underneath the car. Wow! The car felt very stable and the low profile high performance tyres really do grip the road.. As I drove the car out from the showroom’s vicinity, the SuperSUV really gave the “look at me” vibe.. Why do I say so? Because from the height, and the length of the car itself really portrays the vibe. However, in reality, it does not attract much attention like the Nissan GTR R35 (well, this is only happen in Malaysia but I’m not sure in other parts of the world). I did at around 80km/h only as I drive around the KL City Center for a short drive. Switching on the active exhaust and lowering the door mirrors was a cool idea as the exhaust gave a loud sound! I enjoyed driving the car.. It was a slow drive but enjoyable.. I had the time in the car to have a look at all of the buttons and my hand really roaming around the buttons in the car. The sound system was great! 19 speakers! Speechless sound!..

As I am enjoying my drive, the showroom was approaching and I enter the showroom’s vicinity. It was a cool and sound drive in KL City Centre at the middle of the day. No dramatic events whatsoever but the SuperSUV performs way cooler than I ever thought it would be! In my humble opinion, Range Rover have came up with a model that is serious in performance without leaving the 4×4 side of it. Conquering both on-road and off-road is a tall order but Land Rover Range Rover has make it possible.

Before I end my write-up of the Range Rover Sport SVR, I would like to dedicate my thanks to the one and only, Moga Motors Sdn Bhd, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for letting me test drive the amazing SuperSUV. To all my loyal readers, thank you for your time by reading this post from the beginning until the end, I hope it will help you by giving the insights and how it feels like to drive it.

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