2018 Ford Mustang Drops V6 Engine, Gains 12-inch Digital Gauge Cluster, Revised Styling, 10-Speed Auto
For reference, the outgoing 3.7-liter V6 produces 300HP @ 6500 RPM and 280 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 RPM. The turbocharged four-cylinder generates 310HP at 5,500 RPM and 320 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 RPM. Ford hasn’t released pricing for the 2018 Mustang yet, so we don’t know if dropping the V6 will mean a significant increase in the base price for the vehicle.
The EcoBoost engine has gained Ford’s transient overboost technology for the 2018 model year, which increases torque at wide-open throttle acceleration for short bursts. Likewise, the 5.0-liter V8 has been “thoroughly reworked” with more power, and it will also rev higher than any other [stock] Mustang GT in history. Joining the revised engines is an all-new, optional 10-speed automatic that was developed in conjunction with General Motors.
“With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance,” writes Ford. “Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.”
On the outside, the Mustang has been given a modest refresh to eliminate the complaints that the current generation model looked too much like the Ford Fusion family sedan. The all-LED headlights and grille have been reworked, although only auto enthusiasts will likely be able to spot the differences at a glance. Changes are even less pronounced out back, where you’ll find revised lights and a restyled lower diffuser. Ford has also added three new colors to the mix: Royal Crimson, Orange Fury and Kona Blue.
Ford has changed up things in the inside, offering an optional 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel that provides a wealth of personalization options. Three basic views are offered — Normal, Sport and Track — and the new Mustang MyMode will allow you to save your favorite suspension and steering preferences. Ford Sync 3 is onboard, which means that you’ll have access to both Android Auto and CarPlay smartphone infotainment systems.
Speaking of the suspension, the Mustang GT can now be optioned with MagneRide damper technology. You’ll also be able to pipe more exhaust noise into the cabin thanks to a new active valve exhaust system (only available with the GT).
Ford says that the 2018 Mustang will go on sale this Fall.