Just earlier today, we reported that some Australians are so desperate to get their hands on the new 2016 Ford Mustang, price-gouging of up to $30,000 over sticker has occurred in some instances, taking advantage of the pony car’s sold-out status for the next year or so.
This rampant demand has been noted by Ford executives in the United States, and according to Australian site Car Advice, it could influence future right-hand drive development going forward. In other words, Australia could conceivably get some of the more potent, high-performance Ford Mustang variants that we enjoy here in the US.
“We’re very aware of how popular the Mustang has been since it was launched in Australia,” said Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widmann. Mr. Widmann recently ventured to the Land Down Under for the RHD Ford Mustang‘s official launch there. “The excitement for the car, the understanding of the history and tradition and the way Australian fans have embraced it before it was even available, is significant.”
Widmann further explained that Australia “is a very important market” for Ford, and even the automaker’s “most significant RHD market,” putting it toward the top of the list of all global markets, irrespective of which side of the road is used. “It’s a strong position to be in to influence global development for RHD vehicles.”
Car Advice reports that the RHD Ford Mustang already ships with the performance suspension package as standard, demonstrating Ford’s commitment to bringing some sportiness into the market. Unfortunately, the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang (pictured) is already too late for RHD market adaptation, but Car Advice feels that the next model could be a different story.