Mustang 32 Sports Cruiser |

“The Show Pony” Mustang 32

The Show Pony takes 1-10 passengers. This speed machine is diesel powered for great performance. Sleeps 4 with the latest sports yacht design. Full kitchen & bathroom facilities.

Test Drive Here YouTube

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Step On And Off Service

Kitchen Area

– Two cabins, big head and galley up
There is a lot of utility about the Mustang 32, a boat conceived for your archetypal Aussie family. The reasonably deep integrated swim platform, handheld hot/cold shower and aft-facing outboard lounge, with gas bottle locker nearby, creates a transom station.

Once aboard, the single-level cockpit/helm deck and galley are all largely shaded by the hardtop. Seating comes in the form of an L-shaped lounge to port around a teak dinette. We’re told you could option this up as a convertible daybed. Add camper or insect covers and you’d have an indoor/outdoor bed.

Storage is a highlight on this big little boat. You will find it under all the lounges and in hatches for fenders and lines, plus in drawers behind the cockpit. The charger and house battery main switch, plus a TV were in a cupboard behind the helm seat.

Back across to port is the galley module with new cover, Dometic two-burner gas stove, sink and Waeco 12V fridge, with yet more storage below. Add the underfloor voids either side of the lone engine and in the engineering space forward and there’s no shortage of room for stashing water toys, fishing gear, roll-up tender, provisions and more.

Meantime, there’s a good deal of cockpit floor space left over — more than many American sports cruisers in this class — and ample headroom under the hardtop. The space gains come from the fact the side decks aren’t especially wide. Grab rails on the cabin top assist, although a windlass provides helm-based anchoring.

With the upgraded trim level, the accommodation below decks is even more inviting than we remember. The stateroom in the bow boasts a big island bed, twin opening ports and escape hatch, and his and her hanging lockers. There’s storage under the bed, while the teak joinery has 13 coats of varnish. Suffice to say it shines.

Scoring a second cabin with twin bunks is a boon. The kids will relish their ‘cubby house’ while couples will have somewhere to throw the soft bags and clothes. An opening portlight ensures fresh air, but you could delete the cabin door for a more open-plan layout.

Last but not least, the bathroom is a beauty. The big white moulded space has oodles of room to operate the handheld shower and will be easy to clean. The electric freshwater Vacuflush toilet also feeds off the modest 120 litre water supply that will last a weekend if you’re not wasteful. An additional 130-litre tank is an option worth considering.

– A model based on bigger boats
The handlaid solid-glass hull has vinylester resin layer to ward off osmosis. The mouldings look very fair, there are stainless steel through-hull fittings below the waterline, Fireboy fire-suppression system and gas sniffer, high-water alarm and aluminium fuel tank with cushion-clamped lines to international standards. All the wiring is colour coded.

The boat comes standard with a 25amp battery charger and two N200 batteries, with a 4kg gas bottle for the cooker. In other words, the Mustang 32 is based on the KISS principle. Add a barbecue and be done with it.

The Volvo Penta D6-330  diesel engine is standard in our club boats for the ultimate performance.

An electric hatch lift reveals our engine on test, the latest V8-380 . It’s a compact V8 in boy-racer red. The house and crank battery are nearby, the Whale bilge pump has float and high-water switches and the hot-water service is found down here. In a separate forward utility space you’ll find the holding, fresh and black water tanks.

The V8-380 has a protected exhaust system made of aluminium to lower weight, and the exhaust flow has been optimised to achieve the highest possible levels of performance. The engine and the exhaust system are cooled, as standard, with glycol.

The new V8 also has Variable Valve Timing (VVT) technology to optimise torque at low rpm while maximising performance at high revs, resulting in faster acceleration, increased top speed and smoother, better response in the mid-range, claims Volvo Penta.

Time to put that to the test.


Now let’s defer to the official data and pitch the latest Volvo Penta 6.0L V8-380 against the MerCruiser 8.2L MAG 380hp engine. In every single rev range, the Volvo wins hands down and at idle speeds this new-tech engine was almost twice as fuel efficient that a petrol engine. N

Stats on the sweet spots.  At greater revs of 4400rpm, the Volvo V8-380 returns 25.65 knots, consuming 57.71lph or 2.25lpnm for a 289nm range. Volvo Penta wins by 10 per cent in fuel efficiency while cruising less than 1 knot behind.

Full noise or wide-open throttle (WOT), the Volvo Penta revs to more than 5400rpm, returning 37.45 knots while burning 2.91lpnm for a 223nm range.

One last thing: there’s a really interesting power band in the mid to three-quarter rev range. A mere touch of the throttle produces a sporty jump. In fact, it’s so much fun you can’t help but ride the throttle while helming the boat.

Garmin 750S plotter/sounder , and a  12V TV f in the upper saloon, and a Lewmar bow thruster.
Volvo Penta V8-380 Diesel
Length overall: 9.85m  (32 ft 4 in)
Hull length (ISO): 9.67m  (31 ft 9 in)
Beam: 3.175m  (10 ft 5 in)
Draft: 1.05m  (3 ft 5 in)
Displacement: 4,700kg  (5.29 US tons) with Volvo V8-380
Fuel capacity: 600 litres  (158 US gal)
Water capacity: 120 litres  (31 US gal)
Holding tank: 45 litres  (12 US gal)
Sleeping capacity: 4+1 standard
Engine: 1 x Volvo Penta V8-380 with Aquamatic sterndrive, 2.5in engine display and e-Key.