Ford sent us stacks of new info regarding its 2018 Mustang, including details of its sleek new design, higher performance and alluded to a mid-year Australian launch.
Ford’s legendary 5.0-litre Coyote V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked to offer more power and higher revs. The power increase is achieved all while delivering low-end torque and improved fuel efficiency. We’re talking 556Nm of torque for the V8 GT, while the EcoBoost delivers 441Nm.
A new 10-speed paddleshift automatic transmission delivers improved responsiveness and performance, along with quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction loss. It’s available with both V8 and EcoBoost powertrains. The manual transmission has been redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dualmass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.
In 2018, Ford is going for a more athletic and aggressive appearance. A lower, remodelled bonnet and grille deliver a leaner look while refining aerodynamics. The bonnet air-intakes have been shifted and for the first time, include signature tri-bar LED headlights. The rear of the Mustang has been revived with LED tail lamps, plus a new bumper and optional performance spoiler. The GT also boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.
The new cockpit has a premium look and feel. The centre console adds a hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminium. Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns.
The 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster is inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car and is customisable via Normal, Sport or Track modes, colours and gauge layouts. Track Apps record the action behind the wheel for driving development and satisfaction. Four active exhaust modes are standard on GT models with Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailoring the exhaust note for every occasion.
The 2018 Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technologies including Autonomous Emergency Braking with pedestrian detection as standard. Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist, Autolevelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, all work towards reducing the driver’s workload.
“Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia’s best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”
Ford is yet to reveal a launch date but has stated that its new Mustang range will be available at Australian dealerships during the second half of 2018 in three new colourways: Orange Fury, Kona Blue and Royal Crimson. The Mustang EcoBoost Fastback will be priced from $49,990, while the GT Fastback starts at $62,990.
In other Ford news, the motor company is bringing back Steve McQueen’s dark green Ford Mustang 390 GT to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Also, after months of teasing, Ford finally unveiled its Ranger Raptor Behemoth.