Ford has something up their sleeves for the 2018 Mustang GT and we cannot wait for it! A group of track-enthusiasts and engineers from the 2018 Ford Mustang team spent numerous hours after work developing faster equipment for the upcoming model. Apparently, the mods turned out to be so impressive, they were able to convince upper management to have it put on the market.
“A passion to create something special is what really drove this project,” said Tom Barnes, Mustang vehicle engineering manager. “And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work.”
The new pony car will feature a special package, incorporating these mods, aimed at bridging the gap between the Mustang GT and the GT350. The upgrade is called the Level 2 Performance Pack and should help it better compete against the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE – its direct rival.
The standard Level 1 Performance Pack may have improved the GT’s lap times, but could not steal the spotlight from the Camaro’s 1LE. The Level 2 Pack will come as an add-on to the previous Performance Pack (now deemed the Level 1 edition). That standard pack included goodies such as a stiffer chassis, a TORSEN limited slip differential, and a Brembo big brake kit. The upgraded package, however, will feature a number of aerodynamic parts and a unique set of 10-spoke Dark Tarnish wheels to set it apart.
It is important to note that no horsepower increase is reported for the new Level 2 option. However, we can assure you the GT’s standard 5.0-liter V8 will please you with its 460 horses and 420 lb-ft of torque.
New GT Features
Sport Cup 2 tires that are 1.5-inches wider than the standard tires are wrapped around 19-inch dark multispoke wheels. Ford designed the wider wheels — sized at 19×10.5-inch in the front and 19×11-inch at the rear — to better support the huge 305/30/R19 Michelin tires. An interesting fact is that’s the same size tire used by the older-gen Camaro Z28. The tires are also a full 1.5-inches longer than those offered on the Level 1 Performance Pack.
The Level 2 Pack also includes an even firmer chassis, an inch lower ride, unique tuning and computer-controlled MagneRide dampers. The front and rear stabilizer bars, in addition to the springs, are all much stiffer than the standard performance package. To further support this new suspension, a front splitter and rear wing help to improve the overall aerodynamics of the GT. Customers who opt to purchase the Performance Pack Level 2 for their GT will also be able to choose from either leather or cloth Recaro seats.
According to Ford’s official press release,
Using the splitter from the famed Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark, Mustang engineers attached the piece to the underside of the front to fan out as much as 3 inches around the corners of the Mustang GT. It creates about 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph, helping give the car its exceptional grip. To balance the downforce, a subtle, redesigned rear spoiler stretches across the decklid.
To assist in the team’s innovative approach to creating the new Performance Pack, parts such as the rear spoiler were rapid-prototyped using a 3D printer. The process enabled faster turnaround times, complementing the trial-and-error nature of the project.
Get Your Wallets Out
You will be able to separate the fakes simply by looking inside a Mustang. The Level 2 package will only be available on six-speed manual transmissions. Ford has not yet announced pricing, but consider the $3,995 price of the Level 1 Pack to make your judgment. You may want to start saving and putting away some money. In fact, you can put an order in for the new 2018 Mustang GT right now to get it delivered next spring.
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