The refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang not only has a new face, but is sporting a number of updates that improve its overall performance. The car gets technology enhancements as part of Ford’s mid-life refresh for the six-generation muscle car. It also receives numerous new features that become available when you purchase the Performance Package. The EcoBoost (turbocharged) four-cylinder engine now has more horsepower than the V6, which is a goner at this point. The 2018 V8 Mustang GT will be even more powerful than its predecessor with transmission choices of either a 10-speed automatic or six-speed manual.
Ford grants drivers of the 2018 Mustang GT model a customizable audible experience with its new optional active valve exhaust feature. In order to make this happen, the GT has been given a standard quad-tip exhaust. The active exhaust valve behavior is now a storable setting in the new Mustang MyMode with memory function. This feature basically allows drivers to increase or decrease the volume of their engine. Forbes reported that the GT’s active exhaust goes well beyond the dual-mode systems in other cars that merely switch from “quiet” to “loud” with acceleration. Unlike those, the 2018 Mustang’s active exhaust is “continually variable” for a more gradual and natural roar. Before this, we’ve only seen this feature available on cars like the Shelby GT350-(R) and the Camaro SS.
With the 2018 Mustang, Ford will now offer a digital instrument panel option with a 12-inch color LCD that includes three views: normal, sport, and track. Ford Sync3 is also onboard, which means that Mustang owners will have access to both Android Auto and CarPlay smartphone infotainment systems. The dash can be color-customized using the Mustang MyColor feature, which also lets drivers tweak and save drive settings such as vehicle suspension and steering preferences.
Speaking of suspension, every trim level of the 2018 Mustang is available with MagneRide; it is currently only available on the Shelby GT350. This magnetorheological damper system contains magnetically charged particles in the shock absorber fluid that can instantly vary the stiffness of the shock. These new shock absorbers provide better ride control, and can assist in optimizing ride and handling in a wide range of situations. This available option will be part of the Mustang Performance Package. The adaptive suspension, now democratized, has been influenced by supercars and puts the Mustang on par with the Chevrolet Camaro.
The performance package on the GT gives the car a set of new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires, while the EcoBoost performance package retains the Pirelli P-Zero tires. The standard base models of each trim will also receive an increase in power. The GT is expected to get a bump in its horsepower and torque numbers, while the EcoBoost is said to gain increased torque.
The 2018 Mustang GT V8 Coyote engine is said to provide more power and higher revs than any GT offered in the past. The updated 5.0-liter engine features dual-fuel injection, a combination of port direct and port fuel injection. The high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection will help the vehicle deliver low-end torque, high-rpm power and produce better fuel efficiency.
In terms of transmissions, a manual option is available with both the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and 5.0-liter engines; it has been upgraded for optimal torque capability. A new 10-speed automatic transmission is also available with both engine options and features a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing. The new gearbox delivers higher average power for acceleration, which in turn improves responsiveness and vehicle performance. In addition to that, paddle shifters are present to grant drivers the ability to have more manual control at their fingertips, even with an automatic transmission.
We know that we have said this quite a bit, but American Muscle cannot wait for the new Mustang GT350. After all, who wouldn’t be ecstatic about Ford’s highest performing Mustang returning for another production year. Although no mechanical changes were made, it will come in three new exciting colors and stay true to its roots. Stay tuned with us to get updates on the GT350 and Mustang parts to go with it!