In the period of the 1987 and 1993, the Ford Mustang models could only be had with either a torquey 5.0-liter V-8 or a 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a six-cylinder wasn’t on the menu.
With the introduction of the 2018 Ford Mustang, the history is steady to repeat itself which is done with the the current naturally aspirated 3.7-liter V-6 and leaves the car with two engine choices. You can either have a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder or a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. The V6 is not an option.
2018 Ford Mustang drops the V6
It’s clear that today’s Mustang engines are much more powerful than those of 20 years ago. The company notes that the 2.3-liter has been updated to incorporate a new overboost function. The revised engine, is now rated at 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque, but we expect that it will boast numbers closer to 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft. There are other changes done to the pony car inside and out, so let’s have a look at them.
Available Magnetorheological Shocks
Performance package are included in the Performance package despite the engine choice. Additionally, all refreshed Mustangs get new shock absorbers, and improved stabilizer bars for better ride and handling and a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension.
Updated Manual Transmission Comes Standard
The standard six-speed manual transmission is updated for both engine options, but the V-8-powered GT gets the most love. As part of the gearbox’s update, a and dual-mass flywheel and new twin-disc clutch has been added to improve its responsiveness.
10-Speed is the New Optional Automatic
This car is the second performance vehicle to use the 10-speed among Ford’s models. It will shifts quicker and has less friction losses, multiple drive modes, adaptive shift scheduling and superior tip-in response at low speeds.
Direct and Port Injection for the Mustang GT
The 5.0-liter V8 now has direct and port injection, which should help improve its fuel economy.
A Soundtrack Exclusive to the Mustang GT
This will ensure that you hear the 5.0-liter V-8’s song as you accelerate giving you lots of wonderful pops and growls behind the wheel.
You Can’t Have Six Cylinders
From the 2018 model year onward, a V-6 engine is no longer available in the Mustang.
The 2018 model is here with few new alloy wheel choices and exterior colors. Orange Fury is the car’s new signature color. The other two are Royal Crimson and the ever popular Kona Blue.
Full LED Headlights Now Standard
LED lighting is now standard regardless of which engine you choose. The 2018 Mustang also receives revised LED taillights.
Ford lowered the Mustang’s hood for 2018 to give more aggressive look. It also improves the car’s aerodynamic that distinguishes it from the pre-refresh model.
Customization Digital Gauge Cluster
The 2018 model year has fully digital 12-inch display that can show more information. It is customizable so you can set it up as you like.
New Safety Features
Just because it’s sporty rear-drive two-door doesn’t mean safety has to take a back seat. The new model has optional active safety features that include lane departure warning, distance alert, pedestrian detection, and the Pre-Collision Assist system, which combines automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.