Darth Vader-designed Ford Mustang

ford mustang 2018 with "Darth Vader" design

MAY the Ford be with you…

OK so May the 4th has just passed.

But the Blue Oval have still gone all Stars Wars on us. And surprisingly not with their Galaxy, with the Mustang instead.

Ford’s new 2018 Mustang made its first appearance earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show, and immediately impressed with a menacing new front-end design.

The next Mustang’s front grille and lamp scoops give the car an intimidating appearance  – and that was intended.

According to Ford’s design manager Melvin Betancourt, the 2018 model is inspired by iconic Star Wars villain Darth Vader.

Betancourt admitted: “When we were designing the new 2018 Mustang, the team wanted to make the new model look more aggressive, and one place where we found inspiration was one of the most famous screenplay villains of all time.

“The angled nostrils and contours of Darth Vader’s mask became the inspiration for the Mustang’s new fog lamp scoops and front-end shape.”

Ford Mustang 2018 with "Darth Vader" design
Ford Mustang 2018 with “Darth Vader” design

When compared to Vader’s headwear, you can definitely see the similarities in the menacing gun-metal sketch of the new model.

But it doesn’t quite have the same effect when it comes to the brighter colours – yellow is more C-3PO – we prefer it on the Dark Side.

Ford Mustang 2018 with "Darth Vader" design
Ford Mustang 2018 with “Darth Vader” design

The exterior front-end changes aren’t the only new elements of the 2018 model.

Ford have added a more “premium” look to the interior of the car with contrast stitching, restyled seats with a wider range of patterns and colours, an optional heated steering wheel and a tech system that allows the car’s central locking and ignition to be controlled via a Smartphone. What would Steve McQueen made of that in Bullitt?

Under the bonnet the 2.3-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is in the most basic models, while a stonking, full fat 5-litre V8 is also available.

Both come with the option of Ford’s new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2018 Mustang is due to go on sale in the UK early next year.

It’s the best muscle car in this galaxy…

Phil Lanning

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