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2018 Ford Mustang To Bring 460 Horsepower, Other Tweaks To Buyers

The 2018 Ford Mustang already has shaken the muscle car world thanks to its slew of updates which aim to refine the car even further. While more style and comfort are welcome features, Ford’s performance updates are causing quite the stir.

The tweaked 5.0 liter V8 now produces 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque which is a notable upgrade over the old engine. The engine benefits from an all new “Drag Strip” mode which helps trim the 0 to 60 time to a swift four seconds flat. This is mainly due to the drag mode tweaking the shifting and power delivery from the 10-speed automatic transmission, which reduces excess wheel slip.

“Typically when you shift gears you give up time” stated Mustang chief engineer Carl Widmann. “In drag mode, the engine’s torque doesn’t drop when you shift.” To illustrate this point, Widmann claimed that drag mode made the Mustang faster off the line than the $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera (an impressive claim indeed.)

The company didn’t leave EcoBoost buyers out to dry with these updates, and has transferred some of the GT’s magic to the four cylinder version of the Mustang. Power is up to 310 horsepower, with torque increasing by 30 lb-ft to a revised 350 lb-ft. When equipped with the 10-speed and the forementioned drag mode, the four cylinder can make the sprint to 60 mph in five seconds.

Ford is opening up ordering for the 2018 Ford Mustang this week, with the first units arriving at Ford showrooms shortly after.

2018 Ford Mustang To Boast First Ever 10 Speed Automatic

Ford has big plans for the 2018 Ford Mustang and it shows in the tasteful evolution that the company officially unveiled Tuesday morning in events in Los Angeles and Detroit.

The exterior styling has been revised, and is especially noticeable in the front fascia with a heightened rear spoiler highlighting the rear of the car.

That said, the 2018 Ford Mustang’s biggest changes are found in its performance hardware 2018 Mustangwhich aim to help it stay ahead of the Chevrolet Camaro. The 3.7 liter V6 has been retired, and the engine lineup is slimmed down to two offerings with lower trims being powered exclusively by the 2.3 liter EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder.

Meanwhile the 5.0 liter “Coyote” V8 carries over and benefits from a suite of advancements that make it more potent and efficient at the same time. A highlight feature is the “dual fuel” system which makes the engine both direct and port injected. Ford did not release any horsepower estimates, but promises that “[i]t is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before it.”

Both four cylinder and V8 Mustangs recieve a revised manual transmission that features a twin disc clutch and a dual mass flywheel. The 2018 Mustang interiorsix speed automatic joins the V6 in retirement, and is replaced with the same 10-speed automatic that also sees duty in the 2018 F-150.

In addition, the 10-speed is the first such transmission ever equipped to a Mustang, and is the second production 10-speed currently in the muscle car segment (the 2018 ZL1 Camaro is the first.)

Along with the performance upgrades, Ford engineers also upgraded the Mustangs chassis and even added MagneRide suspension damping to the Mustang’s arsenal of tricks. This neat technology is part of the Performance Package and it can be equipped to both four cylinder and eight cylinder models.

As expected, the interior of the 2018 Mustang carries over largely unchanged, but an all new digital instrument cluster is avalible for the first2018 Mustang gauges time as well as pedestrian detection and Pre-collision assist technologies. The rest of the cabin benefits from better soft touch materials, and adds other premium accents to help boost the upscale yet functional vibe the cabin projects.

We look forward to hearing more about the 2018 Ford Mustang soon, and finding out if the new transmission and chassis enhancements allow it to keep ahead of its donestic muscle car rivals the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger.

 

 

2018 Mustang

2018 Ford Mustang Breaks The Internet With New Front Fascia

Keeping upcoming vehicles a secret is becoming harder and harder these days, and thanks to a poorly timed video leak, we now have a good look at the 2018 Ford Mustang.

The leaked b-roll footage was posted on www.mustangg6.com and once you stomach the obviously royalty free soundtrack, it does 2018 Mustangoffer a compelling look at the car. For starters the new front fascia is on full display, and is a droopier affair than before, with more upright fog lamp surrounds and a lightly tweaked grille.

Meanwhile, the rear fascia features equally minor tweaks, and the spoiler switches from an intergrated piece to one that is higher mounted perhaps in 2018 Mustanga bid to improve downforce on the rear end. The 2018 Mustang featured in the video clip is a GT Performance Package model, and the 5.0 liter badges confirm that the Coyote V8 engine will carry on, at least for the time being. No interior shots were featured in the b-roll, but expect it to largely carryover unchanged.

Look for more information to be revealed over the next few weeks. The 2018 Mustang was originally supposed to be unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show last week, but was scratched at the last minute for unknown reasons.

Ford Confirms Hybrid Mustang, F-150 models

In an announcement released earlier today, Ford Motor Company CEO Mark Fields revealed that th company is ramping up its investment in hybrid vehicles and that it is bringing hybrid capability to the Mustang and F-150 models.

Revealed to be part of a $4.5 million dollar push towards electrification that involves 13 new models, the Mustang and F-150 versions would help the inititave reach more customers with the Mustang in particular standing out as the world’s only hybrid muscle car offering.

Ford chose to not go into depth regarding both hybrid systems, but Fields did reveal that the Mustang hybrid will deliver “V8 power and even more low end torque.” This could mean that the proposed hybrid system would be offered on the mid-range V6 engine, but we’ll have to wait until the model is unveiled to judge for ourselves.

As for the F-150 version details surrounding it are even murkier but Fields did slip that the new hybrid truck would be an electrified alternative to the EcoBoost V6 while also serving as an on board generator for certain equipment when put to use out on the job site.

The biggest announcement however is where all of these vehicles will be built with the company recently scrapping its plans to build a manufacturing facility in San Luis Potisi Mexico. Instead, the company will invest this green future with upgrades at its Flat Rock, MI assembly plant which is currently the home for Mustang production and will help generate new jobs in the area as well.

Look for more information to.be unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Shelby Unveils 750 Horsepower Terlingua Mustang

The Terlingua racing team was a formidable crew of talent during their heyday out on the racetrack with the team establishing this reputation in 1967 when they won the Trans Am championship. Shelby American has chosen to pay homage to this milestone with a limited edition Mustang model.

Known as the Terlingua Edition, this model is based on the V8 Mustang GT which is a break in tradition from past models where they were powered by V6’s. The latest iteration uses a highly modified version of the 5.0 liter V8 which now produces 750 horsepower (a gain of Terlingua Pic 2315 horsepower versus the stock GT.) A big chunk of this gain was achieved by using a Whipple supercharger which is a popular add on in the muscle car market. The car also boasts distinctive exterior styling and features 20-inch Weld brand alloy wheels, Borla exhaust system with black tips, carbon fiber trim pieces, and the trademark yellow and black paint job that is a subtle nod to the 60’s racer that serves as its inspiration.

Performance specifications have not been released as of yet, but considering that the stock GT makes the sprint to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, Look for the Terlingua Edition to cleave a significant chunk from that figure, while also increasing overall top speed which would make the car a formidable opponent out on the drag strip.

However being a straight line missile is not this car’s only talent, Shelby engineers also made sure that the car could get its groove on in twisty sections of road thanks to an all new set of adjustable coilovers, a Terlingua exclusive sway bar, and massive Brembo Terlingua 4brakes for all four wheels. This allows the Terlingua to be highly adaptable, while also catering to a wider range of driving enthusiasts.

Shelby American will only be building 50 examples of the Terlingua Edition Mustang with each one featuring a base MSRP of $65,999 which of course does not include the cost of the donor vehicle.

 

Ford Mustang To Be Refreshed In 2018, Possibly Ressurect Mach 1 Moniker

The recently launched sixth generation Ford Mustang has only been on the market for about a year, but Ford is rumored to have made significant progress in the car’s first mid-cycle update which would possibly include the revival of the fabled Mach 1 moniker.

The tweaked muscle car would feature a reworked front fascia and a 10-speed (you heard that correctly) automatic transmission when it makes its appearance for the 2018 model year according to several unnamed sources in statements to Automotive News. The refresh would also reintroduce U.S. buyers to the Mach 1 (albeit in limited production form) which would be the first time that the Mach 1 has adorned a Mustang model since the 2004 “New Edge” era Mustang. Unlike that iteration, additional rumors appear to suggest that the Mach 1 would serve as the flagship of the Mustang range surpassing the GT350 in this role. However, further details regarding this potential model are murky, and curious followers will have to wait a while before more information is known.

In the meantime, buyers will still have plenty of distinctive special edition Mustang variants to choose from when they visit their local Ford dealer. The Shelby GT350 and GT350R are expected to arrive in dealer lots later this summer with both cars just recently beginning production while a new Pony package and the newest iteration of the GT exclusive California Special package were added to the order sheet for the 2016 model year.

Shelby American Unveils 750 Horsepower Super Snake Mustang

Following the smashing success of the 707 horsepower Hellcat Charger and Challenger (which recently forced FCA to suspend ordering for the muscle bound duo) Shelby American has unveiled the first true competitor to the Hellcat. The 2015 Shelby Super Snake a car that aims to dethrone the Hellcat in outright power, while also answering the call of hardcore Mustang loyalists looking for more power and exclusivity in a familiar package.

Based on the stock Ford Mustang GT, the Super Snake was developed with key input from Ford’s Performance division, and their influence is clearly noticed in many aspects of its design. The resurrected king of all serpents gets its grunt from a highly modified version of Ford’s familiar 5.0 liter modular V8 which benefits from a massive supercharger that helps Shelby Super Snake 2vault overall output to a mind blowing 750 horsepower when it is equipped to its most powerful configuration. The tweaked V8 is hooked up to a standard issue six speed manual gearbox, but for the first time in the model’s history, buyers can opt for an optional six speed automatic that will be available at extra cost. While it is two cogs short of the Hellcat’s eight speed, we are curious to see if it can fully cope with all this power, and whether it can avoid the transmission issues that have cropped up in some Hellcat models.

While exact performance numbers have not been released, Shelby promises that all of this muscle is balanced out by a revamped suspension system that promises to allow the Super Snake to be more than a mere drag strip blasting missile, while a Borla exhaust SHelby Super Snake 3delivers the rumble happy soundtrack that we have come to expect from a Shelby badged offering. Meaty six piston brake calipers help bring the car to a smooth and steady stop, while 20-inch alloy wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup tires help keep the coupe pointed in the right direction at all times even under full acceleration.

The exterior styling of the Super Snake retains much of the basic futuristic theme that defines the standard issue Mustang, but builds upon it by incorporating a lightweight carbon fiber hood, a built in air scoop, and a bigger rear spoiler. The interior in comparison is more subtly tweaked, and features model exclusive emblems, new seat upholstery, and a performance oriented three gauge instrument cluster.

Shelby will be only building 300 examples of the Super Snake this year in its Las Vegas Nevada based facility with each one starting at $49,995 before the cost of the donor Mustang GT is Shelby Super Snake 6factored in along with taxes and fees. Curiously, Shelby American did not reveal official pricing for the flagship Super Snake variants but we expect those to have a base MSRP north of $60,000 when they eventually get produced.

 

 

 

 

2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang Pricing Revealed, Starts at $47,870

In a surprise leak yesterday, pricing information for the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang was revealed, and it appears ready to do battle with not only the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger but also the Z/28 Camaro when tuned to GT350R specifications.

According to a leaked pricing guide that was obtained by the folks over at Mustang6G.com, the base GT350 will begin at $47,870 which is on par with the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack model in terms of pricing though the slimmer Mustang will have an edge over the bigger Challenger when pushed through twisty road courses. Meanwhile the GT350R will have a base price of $61,370 which is roughly $10,000 less than the Z/28 and should make the two a compelling comparison both on the track and in the financial charts.

In addition, the unofficial pricing guide also reveals that the GT350 will only have a handful of option packages (the fore-mentioned GT350R being one of them) with a $7,500 Technology Package leading the charge while a $6,500 Track Package helps bring several track oriented upgrades to the car’s hardware. Meanwhile buyers that choose to buy the GT350R can add a few comfort features back to the car via the $3,000 Electronics Package, but these features do add unnecessary weight, so some degree of thought is recommended before choosing this particular package. Regardless of which GT350 variant is chosen, buyers can add a contrasting $695 black roof, Triple Yellow tri-coat paint ($475), and a $375 custom car cover to their purchase. Our sole bit of advice on this front is to avoid the unnecessary car cove,r and instead choose the contrasting black roof which looks especially awesome when paired with the Triple Yellow paint.

Performance for the GT350 will come from a naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V8 that uses all new “flat-plane technology” (the first time Ford has used this feature) to produce over 520 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. These two figures allow the engine to earn the distinction of being the most powerful naturally aspirated engine that the company has ever formally produced for the mass market. A six speed manual gearbox is the only gearbox choice available with no automatic transmission currently in the cards.

Look for the GT350 to thunder its way into Ford showrooms later this year but buyers interested in an “R” variant will have to act quickly since Ford only plans to build a mere 37 copies of the GT350R so expect competition for one of the 37 copies to be fierce with first come first serve being the law of the land.

NAIAS 2015: 2016 Shelby GT350 R Mustang

With the recently unveiled Shelby GT350 already resonating well with Mustang fans, Ford formally pulled the veil off of its track capable cousin the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang amid the glitz and glamour of the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The R version is based on the 2016 Shelby GT350 and as a result it retains much of the basic styling elements that made their debut on the base GT350. Unlike that model though, Ford engineers made several revisions to optimize its aerodynamic qualities. A big hood scoop helps improve heat extraction from the engine bay while also reducing front end lift IMG_9022at the same time. Model exclusive underbelly pans front and rear also reduce lift while an aggressively styled air diffuser and a big rear spoiler round out the aerodynamic improvements and allow the car to stay firmly planted to the track. Rounding out the changes are black 19-inch alloy wheels which are made out of carbon fiber instead of aluminium and help shave 52 lbs of excess weight. This is the first time that wheels of this material have ever been offered on a mass production vehicle, and were limited to only a handful of exotic supercars prior to today’s announcement.

The interior of the GT350 R continues the track focused theme and features supportive Recaro racing buckets as well as a D shaped steering wheel that embodies its performance oriented nature while also enhancing the overall driving experience at the same time. A metal plaque rounds out the package and features the model name as well as the serial number for each one produced. While it lacks the retro themed charm of the previous generation GT500, this new R version should serve as a temporary elixir until that model eventually makes its appearance.

Performance for the GT350R comes from the familiar naturally aspirated 5.2 liter V8 which is good for just over 500 horsepower and a healthy 400 lb-ft of torque. This allows the engine to earn the title of being the most powerful naturally aspirated engine the companyIMG_9024 has ever produced. Like its base GT350 sibling, the R sends all of its grunt to the rear wheels through a six speed manual gearbox with torque regulated by a Torsen limited-slip differential.

Look for the 2016 Shelby GT350R Mustang to arrive at dealerships in the U.S. and Canada later this yea,r with official pricing expected to be released closer to its official launch. While Ford has admitted that it will be a limited production model, the company did not reveal how many units it exactly plans to make though expect the eventual figure to remain on the low side.