The battle between the Mustang and the Camaro has taken a new twist for the better, particularly if you are an enthusiast of either one of the two sports car brands. Ford and Chevrolet are always on the look out to see what the other does to make requisite changes to remain competitive. After Chevrolet launched the 6th generation Camaro in late 2015, Ford has responded with a refresh of the Mustang GT set to be released for the 2018 model year. With the refresh, Ford aims to attain an upper hand in a war that goes back over 50 years ago. The automaker has added new features both on the outside and inside. However, the most attractive news is that the 2018 Ford Mustang GT will get a power hike with the sole aim to rival the Camaro. In fact, power is one of the top factors used to compare the two models and Ford has been lagging behind for quite some time. Read along for more information:
2018 Ford Mustang GT Exterior
Ford has not made many changes on the model’s exterior looks. However, the mild upgrades go a long way to give the model a more stunning look. The most notable new features at the front include a new grille, which is not that much different from the one on the outgoing model and smaller LED headlights with heritage-laced LED running lights. The front bumper also looks modified.
The hood on the 2018 Mustang GT sits lower. On the flanks, the only visible new features are the LED light strips that have replaced the triangular units on the outgoing Mustang GT. The rear looks almost unchanged. The only changes are a new diffuser, revised taillights, a revised license plate recess and quad exhaust pipes that borrow their design from racecars.
What’s more, the model flaunts 12 wheel designs to choose from as well as three new exterior colors (Kona Blue, Royal Crimson and Orange Furry).
2018 Ford Mustang GT Interior
The most striking feature on the inside, as seen on the photos the automaker has released is the new instrument cluster with a 12.0-incg digital gauge. The display is highly customizable to ensure drivers maximize its use in different environments. To this end, it features three driving modes, which are Normal, Sport and Track. The GT also features the MagneRide, an adaptive suspension system that is adopted from the GT350.
The GT also features a host of driving assist systems including distance alert, lane keep assist, forward collision warning that features pedestrian crossing among others. FordPass is offered as an option. For newbies’, the FordPass is a Smartphone application that helps the driver to lock, unlock as well as start the engine remotely.
The photos of the model also show a 1,864.5 lettering and a 289 miles reading, This represents the first generation of the get’s 289 cubic inches of the V8 engine.
Engine Specs and performance
The GT trim is made specifically to those buyers looking to take their Mustangs racing on the track occasionally. Unlike the base Mustangs that are powered by a 2.3 L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, the Mustang GT uses a 5.0 L, V-8 engine. Although Ford is yet to announce official information about the model’s performance details, the automaker seems to have gone the Dodge way by hinting at the vehicle’s performance via captions on the dashboard. Dodge hinted the Hellcat’s engine power output of 707 horses by showing a photo of the Sirius XM radio tuned to the 70’s on channel 70.
On its part, Ford has released a photo of the digital cluster at the 4th gear and at a 55 mph speed which might mean the model will produce 455 horses while the 4700 rpm lettering may hint at 470 lb-ft of torque. The engine also features direct and port-fuel injection systems that help improve its power output as well as enhance fuel economy.
The engine will be paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox for drivers who want to be more engaged with their GT while others will enjoy the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Power will be channeled to the rear wheels.
Price and release date
Ford is still keeping this information close to its chest. Due to the upgrades and power hike, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT will certainly be more expensive than the outgoing model. The GT will hit dealerships in the last quarter of this year or early 2018.