The best way to validate the existence of the Ford Mustang is to offer it for sale in a land where it shouldn’t be popular.
The Mustang, of course, has been a hot seller for as long as it’s been on the market in the United States. In the past, however, foreign markets have seen it as an outdated and mechanically inferior excuse for a sports car. It’s a car that was built for straight-line acceleration and paled in comparison to true sports cars, most of which hailed from Germany.
Now, though, the car has a true independent rear suspension and can hold its own against any other sports car, no matter where it’s from.
Ford felt like it had something special with the latest Mustang and decided to roll it out in the country famous for producing Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi. Surely, if it could sell there, it could sell anywhere in the world.
The Germans, though, would have a superiority complex and shun the Mustang, right?
Not so much.
In Germany, the land of the Autobahn, where speed is regarded as a national right, the best-selling sports car last month wasn’t the locally-built Porsche 911. It was the Ford Mustang.
The Mustang, built in Flat Rock, Michigan, is still a novelty in Europe, where it went on sale for the first time last summer.
In Germany the 911 starts at about $110,000. The Mustang GT starts at about $50,000 and offers a rare combo of value and performance to which Germans aren’t yet accustomed. The huge price advantage paid off last month, as Ford sold 780 Mustangs in the country, while Porsche unloaded 752 911s.
The 911 and Audi S5 were reportedly the benchmarks for handling when Ford was developing the Mustang. That research has paid off and resulted in a car that the Germans have embraced with open arms.
I can’t think of a higher compliment that the people of Germany could have given to the people of Michigan.
Whether you’re in the U.S. or Germany, would you buy a Mustang GT over a Porsche 911?