It’s hard to ignore when Ford decides to update his always-mighty Mustang. Even if you are a hardcore Camaro lover, you’ll always be interested in the legendary Ford sports car.
For many decades, this American carmaker has revamped his famous muscle car, adding what they thought it was best. For the 2018 model, there was no revamp but a big decision was taken: there will be a V6 engine no more.
Mustang models between 1987 and 1993 also lacked a V6 option. Today, we are seeing how Ford took that decision again. Nevertheless, we are getting really interesting upgrades in order to be more competitive against the Chevrolet Camaro, now dominating the segment.
Powertrain and Specs
As we already mentioned, the 2018 Mustang will not have a V6 option like in previous years. Now, this outstanding muscle car will sport a turbocharged 2.3-litre 4-cylinder and a naturally-aspirated 5.0-litre V8.
These powerplants were previously available. However, they are getting notable upgrades. The 2.3-litre 4-cylinder engine will now have an overboost feature and the power output is expected to increase exponentially from its actual 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of maximum torque.
On the other hand, the 5.0-litre V8 was heavily modified. This powerplant will now feature higher revs and a cutting-edge fuel-delivery system. Numbers about the power output from both engines weren’t announced yet but expectations are high.
To complete the setup, the 2018 Mustang has two transmission alternatives to choose from: a 6-speed manual and a 10-speed automatic. The manual one will be the standard and those buyers who choose it along with the V8 engine, they will enjoy the same clutch and dual-mass flywheel on the exciting GT350.
More upgrades in terms of specs are present. Things like revised rear suspension, retuned dampers, and new anti-roll bars make an important share of the novelties. Electronically-adjustable magnetorheological dampers from the GT350 model will come included with the Performance Package, for those users willing to pay some extra cash.
Updated Looks and Interior
For someone who doesn’t pay too much attention to the Mustang brand, the 2018 model would be the same as always. But for those who are more interested, sexy changes took place. In fact, Ford wouldn’t be so happy and excited about this announcement if the model remained the same as always.
According to the carmaker, the Ford GT was used as inspiration for the front fascia design of the 2018 Mustang. We see how it became sharper and more aggressive. The rule for sports car nowadays is to become edgier and the Mustang is no exception of this. Retouches all over are distinctive. Also, models with the Performance Package are getting a notable exclusive: a new rear wing.
When we arrive at the cabin, we get soft-touch upper door panels, a debuting 12-inch digital cluster, padded knee bolsters, a glossy mid console, and heated steering wheel that comes optional. The new digital cluster provides information in three different modes, adjusted by the driver: Normal, Sport, and Track.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 Ford Mustang brings some fresh elements that we must appreciate. But we dare to say that removing the V6 wasn’t a smart move. The upcoming options leave us at one of the two ends: a small, inappropriate 4-cylinder or a gas-hungry V8.
Just like power and performance numbers, prices hasn’t been announced yet. Expect something around $27,000 for the 4-cylinder and $36,000 for the V8.