While we have our fair share of unique Ford vehicles available to purchase here in the U.S., there’s just something about the ones we can’t buy that always grabs our attention. Call it the forbidden fruit complex, we suppose. And that list includes the Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition, which is currently on sale in both Australia and Brazil, though – sadly – not in North America. So to help ease the pain of this brutal fact, we thought it would be prudent to assemble some pictures of this cool pony for your viewing enjoyment.
The Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition is certainly worth staring at, thanks to a series of unique touches designed to celebrate the muscle car’s 55th birthday.
The special edition package starts as the Ford Mustang GT with the rev-happy 5.0L Coyote V8 engine before Ford adds (you guessed it) a bunch of black accents, including on the roof, hood and side stripes, a grille-mounted pony badge, 5.0 fender badges, and rear spoiler.
A set of unique 19-inch wheels helps differentiate the Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition even further from a regular Mustang GT. But the changes don’t begin and end with the exterior, either.
The interior features various unique goodies, including Alcantara accents for the seats and door panels with special seams, carbon fiber on the dash and shifter, as well as a “55 Years” emblem on the passenger side portion of the dash.
Overall, the Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition is a pretty slick ride with a host of upgrades that many Mustang owners complete on their own using Ford Performance parts/accessories, or even aftermarket parts. After all, we can’t even begin to count how many people have replaced their chrome badges with black ones and wrapped their roof in black, to boot.
What we’re getting at is maybe, just maybe, Ford should offer the Mustang Black Shadow in North America If nothing else, The Blue Oval could snag the extra money for these options instead of letting the aftermarket take it. Incidentally, something tells us that the 2021 Mustang will offer something very similar to the Black Shadow edition.
COLOGNE, Germany, Nov. 29, 2016 – Ford today unveiled two special edition Ford Mustang models with unique styling and premium specification for customers in Europe.
The new Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition offers special black 19-inch alloys wheels and unique black body details.
The distinctive Ford Mustang Blue Edition model channels the spirit of classic Ford Mustang models that featured eye-catching “Grabber” colours, offering a Grabber Blue body with sporty body stripes.
Both models are available in fastback bodystyle and offer a high-specification that includes heated and cooled seats, Ford’s SYNC 3 communications and entertainment system with navigation, and a premium audio system.
“The Ford Mustang has no trouble standing out on European roads, and with the new Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition and Blue Edition models, Mustang drivers will be turning even more heads,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford of Europe. “Special edition Ford Mustangs have been an important part of the Mustang story for more than 50 years, and now customers in Europe can play their own part in the iconic car’s rich special edition history.”
Mustang Black Shadow Edition
The Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition will be available to order with Ford’s 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 engine and six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission from January 2017.
Offered in four body colour options – Platinum White, Triple Yellow, Race Red and Grabber Blue – the Ford Mustang Black Shadow Edition features unique bodystyling that includes a black Pony emblem for the GT grille; exclusive black 19-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels; dissolve-effect black stripes along the prominent bonnet bulge ridges and across the body-side between the lower wheel arches; and black 5.0-litre badges on the front wings.
The high specification limited edition model delivers parking sensors, heated and cooled front seats, a premium ShakerPro audio system with 12-speakers and a powerful 8-inch boot-mounted subwoofer, and a premium black leather interior with prominent instrument panel stitching and matching door inserts.*
Mustang Blue Edition
Ford’s distinctive Grabber colours – named for their ability to grab attention – were first introduced for the 1969 Shelby GT350 and GT500 models.
Since then Ford has periodically offered the Mustang in more than 20 different Grabber colours including Grabber Orange, Grabber Yellow and Grabber Lime – with Grabber-coloured models historically becoming of special interest to collectors.
The new Ford Mustang Blue Edition is available to order now with either Ford’s 421 PS 5.0-litre V8 or the more fuel-efficient 317 PS 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine and six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and delivers the eye-catching Grabber Blue exterior body colour enhanced with central dissolve-effect black bonnet and roof stripes, and black 19-inch multi-spoke alloys wheels.
Both new special edition models feature Ford’s SYNC 3 system with 8-inch touchscreen, that enables drivers to locate nearby cafés, petrol stations or car parks, and find train stations, airports, and hotels simply by pushing a button and saying “I need a coffee,” “I need petrol,” and “I need to park.”
Mustang in Europe
The Ford Mustang 5.0-litre V8 fastback manual model reaches 100 km/h (62 mph) from a standing start in 4.8 seconds, and the 2.3-litre EcoBoost fastback manual reaches the marker in 5.8 seconds.
Almost 23,000 Ford Mustangs have been sold and ordered in Europe since the iconic sports car’s launch in summer of 2015; around two thirds of those have been fastback models. Red, grey and black are the most popular Mustang colours in Europe and 64 per cent of customers select the V8 engine. EcoBoost models are most popular in southern Europe.
Among the Mustang’s biggest fans is self-confessed “Mustang nut” Adelbert Engler from Belgium, who has amassed a collection of 5,500 Mustang model cars, as well as several full‑sized classic models.
At 97 years old, Lennart Ribring from Sweden is among Europe’s oldest Mustang fans. Ribring was one of the first customers in his native Sweden to buy an original 1960’s Mustang, and is now the proud owner of a new 5.0-litre V8 Ford Mustang fastback.