It’s hard to continue coming up with superlatives for a car that descends from legend, but the sixth-generation Ford Mustang keeps delivering. Impressively enough, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is the most powerful ever built, with improvements made to the legendary 5.0-liter V8 beneath its hood, and it only gets more impressive when equipped with a new Performance Package Level 2.
A more powerful horse
For a mid-cycle refresh, Ford held little back in order to make the 2018 Ford Mustang better than the previous iteration. Chief among the noteworthy updates for the 2018 model year is the end of the road for the trusty V6 base engine. Instead, a boosted version of Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine is now the base offering, delivering 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.* The Mustang EcoBoost, as well as the Mustang GT, is also offered with standard electronic line-lock, which makes burning out a breeze.
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT gets an improved version of its 5.0-liter V8, which adds dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection for 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.* To make this more powerful Mustang GT even more beastly, Ford is offering a Performance Pack Level 2, which includes the Performance Package’s Brembo™ six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors and TORSEN limited-slip differential. It also includes Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 tires, aerodynamic front splitter and rear spoiler and a lower stance.
Taking speed to another level
The Performance Package 2-equipped 2018 Ford Mustang GT is seen as a bridge between the Mustang GT and the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350®. Largely unchanged from the previous model year, the Shelby GT350 is offered with a 5.2-liter Ti-VCT V8 with flat plane crank, which delivers 526 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the range is the 2018 Ford Mustang Shelby® GT350R, which is nearly 100 pounds lighter than the Shelby GT350 and, thus, even more track-worthy.
The 2018 model year also sees the addition of an optional 10-speed SelectShift® automatic with paddle shifters, which promotes quicker upshifts and downshifts and better efficiency for the Mustang EcoBoost and Mustang GT. When the 2018 Mustang GT is equipped with the 10-speed automatic and Performance Package Level 2 and put into Drag Strip Mode, it is capable of going from zero to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, making it faster than the Porsche 911 Carrera.
The 2018 Mustang GT also gets an industry-first Quiet Start mode, which drops the noise level of the GT’s V8 by about 10 decibels to make starting up the car in the morning less contentious among the neighbors. Another exciting new feature for the 2018 model year, available with EcoBoost Premium and GT Premium models, is an all-digital 12-inch LCD digital instrument cluster with MyColor® and MyMode customization and memory.
That the 2018 Ford Mustang only continues to improve on the 50-plus-year legacy of America’s original pony car is a testament to its legacy. Faster, more advanced and better all around, the 2018 Mustang is a marvel of muscle.
*Horsepower and torque ratings achieved with 93-octane fuel.
This article is presented by Jannell Ford in Hanover, Massachusetts.