In the latest round-up of 2018 Mustang updates, it appears that the V6 Mustang offering will cease to exist. Originally reported on by Jalopnik, a Mustang6G user noticed that the V6 and the V6 convertible body style were missing from a list of 2018 options.
UPDATE: 1/17/2017 – The 2018 Mustang has been revealed and these design features have been confirmed. Checkout images, videos, and information on the 2018 Mustang by clicking here.
While Ford has declined to comment on the removal of the V6 engine from their line-up, it speaks volumes that all of the other current engine offerings (2.3L EcoBoost, 5.0L Coyote V8, and 5.2L Voodoo V8) are available on site. When you input the body type code into the dealer system, it comes up as an invalid option.
End of the V6, Dawn of the EcoBoost?
For some time enthusiasts and industry insiders have been speculating about the end of the V6 Mustang after the release of the EcoBoost engine. Making more power while being more fuel efficient (and arguably more modifiable) the EcoBoost Mustang is everything the V6 Mustang is an more.
While the V6 Mustang has long been a staple of rental car fleets, when the S550 came out we started to see more and more EcoBoosts available for rental, aggressively encroaching on V6 territory. Pair that with the fact that the V6 Mustang has seen few upgrades and packages available, especially in comparison to the EcoBoost and GT Mustang, it is all but confirmed that this is the end of the V6 Mustang and the rise of the EcoBoost.
2018 Mustang Updates and New Features
Mustang6G, one of the leading authorities on all things S550 Mustang related, summed up a nice little list of some of the big and small changes we can expect to come from the mid-cycle refresh of the S550 platform. From new color options to new performance characteristics, it seems Ford is going over the Mustang and giving it a bumper to bumper revamp that should pique the interest of any enthusiast.
2018 Mustang Exhaust System: Quad Exhaust
It seems the 2018 Mustang will be receiving a quad tip exhaust system that features active exhaust technology, similar to what is one the GT350. While the new Mustang exhaust setup has been spotted on S550 test mules, we are relying on the word of spy photographers who reported the difference in sound/loudness.
2018 Mustang Suspension: MagneRide Dampers
It looks like MagneRide Dampers, part of the Shelby GT350’s potent handling equation, will be available on EcoBoost and GT Mustangs, narrowing the handling gap. For a quick oversimplification of what MagneRide is, basically the dampers use a magnetic fluid to control how stiff/soft the dampers are with a magnetic current dictating how the fluid reacts. While IRS was a huge step forward for Mustang handling, offering MagneRide Dampers for all S550 Mustangs will be another giant leap forward when it comes to carving corners.
2018 Mustang Transmission: 10-Speed Automatic
While we have already reported on early rumors of the 2018 Mustang getting a 10-speed automatic transmission, new reports have solidified what we originally thought. The option for the 10-speed automatic transmission, a standard feature on the 2017 Ford SVT Raptor, has appeared on the options list of the dealer system.
One does have to wonder how the spread of 10-speeds will affect the Mustang’s handling and overall performance. It is uncertain if this will be an additional option to the popular 6-speed automatic 6R80 transmission or a full-on replacement, but we shall soon find out.
2018 Mustang Packages: 2 Performance Packs?
Another option that has appeared online is a Performance Package 2 in addition to the already popular Performance Package (PP). Performance Package equipped Mustangs come with more aggressive gearing (3.73’s instead of 3.55’s), staggered wheels and tires, Brembo Brakes, and a few other goodies.
It is not specified online what this Performance Package 2 may include, however it seems that the general thought is that this will be an option designed to be direct competitor to the 1LE Camaro, offering even more enhanced track focused performance.
2018 Mustang Colors: New Additions
The 2018 Mustang will be available in a new array of colors in addition to some of the colors offered a the beginning of the S550’s debut in 2015. “Orange Fury” and “Royal Crimson” are being introduced for the first time on the 2018 Mustang, along with “Lead Foot Gray” which will be a 2018 Shelby GT350 exclusive.
While the 2018 Mustang is getting to strut its stuff in some different shades of color, it is also losing one popular option. “Grabber Blue” which was only available on the 2017 Mustang, will no longer be an option for 2018 Mustangs.
Are these the changes you had hoped for on the 2018 Mustang? And is it time that we finally laid the V6 Mustang down to rest, allowing the EcoBoost to shine? Comment your thoughts below!