The Ford Mustang is an iconic American muscle car that was first introduced to the public in March 1964. It was originally based on the second-gen Ford Falcon and until today, the Mustang has undergone some changes from generation to generation. Now, the Dearborn-based automaker has officially revealed details of power output and torque for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. The latest GT version gets significant increase in output and of course it would be perfect for those muscle car enthusiasts on American streets. In fact, this is much more powerful than the Chevrolet Camaro SS.
Speaking of its powertrain lineup, the 2018 Ford Mustang is available in several engine options that include EcoBoost and eight-cylinder engines. As we’ve said above that the all-new Mustang powertrain have been getting an increase in power output and torque. The first option is a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which is available for the 2018 Ford Mustang convertible. This 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is claimed to spew up to 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. Under the Drag mode with a performance package and a 10-speed automatic transmission, the new Mustang EcoBoost is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in less than 5 seconds.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Specs
This is thanks to some minor revisions made by Ford for this EcoBoost engine, which ultimately provides improved performance. The torque has now increased by 30 lb-ft from the previous generation (increased from 320 to 350 lb-ft). Although the horsepower is 25 HP smaller than the Chevy Camaro V6, but the 2018 Mustang EcoBoost has beaten the Camaro V6’s best time which can accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.1 seconds. Now let’s talk about the high-performance 2018 Ford Mustang GT which also gets the updated engine! Under its hood, the new Mustang GT fastback coupe is powered by a new 5.0-liter V8 engine capable of delivering up to 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
The fact is that its peak output has increased by 25 HP and 20 lb-ft over the previous generation Mustang. As a result, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with 10-speed automatic transmission and Drag mode is claimed to sprint from 0-60 mph in less than 4 seconds. Of course, this is much more powerful than the EcoBoost version. There are some standard equipment offered by Ford for the new EcoBoost-powered Mustang, including Ford’s Sync multimedia system, center stack with 4.2-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, keyless entry/start and two USB ports. In addition, all Mustang variants are equipped with a lock feature and 17-inch alloy wheels.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Features
Meanwhile, the new GT fastback coupe gets some additional standard features that are not offered on the EcoBoost versions like quad exhaust tips, LED fog lights and larger brake rotors. On the other hand, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT convertible will only be offered with a Premium trim and provides some additional features that include Ford’s Sync 3 multimedia interface with 8.0-inch touchscreen, 9-speaker audio system, heated-cooled front seats, illuminated doorsills, dual-zone climate control, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Ford offers Magnetorheological shocks and a new 10-speed automatic transmission for the 2018 Mustang, the latter being the result of a joint development between Ford and General Motors. Moreover, the interior is equipped with several features such as heated steering wheel, 2-tone leather upholstery, Recaro sport-seats, Navigation and Shaker premium audio system. While safety features include lane keeping assist, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams and emergency braking. The 2018 Ford Mustang GT and EcoBoost models will also be available with the Performance package, just like the previous model.
For the EcoBoost variant, the Dearborn automaker offer several exclusive fixtures that include Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.55 axle ratio, unique chassis calibration, specially-tuned stability control, large rear anti-roll bar, anti-lock braking system, electric power steering, heavy-duty front springs, rear wing, larger brake rotors and 19-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires. Meanwhile, the Performance package for the new Mustang GT includes a larger radiator, strut-tower brace, K-brace, six-piston Brembo front brakes and limited-slip differential with 3.73 axle ratio for the six-speed manual transmission. In addition, Ford also offers an optional 10-speed automatic transmission with 3.55 axle ratio.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Price and Release Date
The good news this week is the Dearborn automaker has officially revealed the price tag and release date for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT and entire new Mustang lineup. Apart from all the performance improvements, pricing for the 2018 model year has increased significantly from the previous model. An example is the new EcoBoost Mustang with a six-speed manual transmission that will go on sale in the US dealer with a starting price of $ 26.485, including its destination charge. It was obvious that the EcoBoost variants have gained a price increase of $400 from last year’s model which is powered by a V6 engine.
While the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is priced at $35,995 or received an increase of $1,900 from the previous GT model. Then followed by a new Mustang convertible with an EcoBoost engine that is ready to hit the dealer floor with a price tag of $31,985 or $4,010 cheaper than the GT performance version. For buyers who want the 2018 Mustang GT convertible they should spend at least $45,495. Regardless of the pricing details, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Release Date is set for this fall in the North America with online build and price configurator available in the near future. Of course, this will make it easier for buyers to choose the perfect Mustang, and they will know the exact new price.