It’s official! The refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang is here and we have all the eye candy and technical details released by Ford today.
In line with the advanced information we reported last year, the 2018 Mustang has been confirmed to receive a 10-speed automatic transmission, optional MagneRide suspension, optional active exhaust, new performance packages, and several new colors.
Sadly, as we feared the 3.7-liter V6 will be dropped from the S550 Mustang lineup starting with the 2018 model year. While this may not be a big surprise with the V6 receiving fewer attention and upgrades over the course of the S550 platform life, we are still sad to see the reliable, stalwart V6 engine being retired.
The models that do remain however, get a significant increase in features and performance.
The 2018 Mustang GT gets an updated 5.0-liter Coyote V8 with both direct- and port-fuel injection which allows for an increase in the V8’s compression ratio from 11.0:1 to 12.0:1. Also exclusive to the Mustang GT will be an optional active exhaust that we’ve seen spied several times testing in Dearborn.
Both Mustang GT and EcoBoost models will receive performance packages that offer MagneRide adaptive dampers with the GT performance package also getting the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires while the EcoBoost performance package retains the Pirelli P-Zero tires. The standard base models of each will also receive an increase in power (EcoBoost is expected to get increased torque while the GT is expected to get both horsepower and torque bump), although full details on that have yet to be released.
As for transmission, both models will be offered with a six-speed manual transmission but the GT’s will come with twin-disc clutch and new dual mass flywheel. The much rumored 10-speed automatic transmission is also optional on both GT and EcoBoost.
Check out all the official 2018 Ford Mustang specifications, photos and info in the forums.