The 2018 Mustang is just around the corner and some rumored and speculative new features are beginning to take shape as we get our first dealership insight into new options, packages, colors and big changes we can expect for the S550 mid-cycle refresh.
The most significant change is the potential removal of the V6 model from the Mustang lineup, as the body type codes for the V6 come up as invalid in the dealer system. Although the timing of this change may come as a surprise, it’s clear this has been years in the making with Ford having quietly laid the groundwork for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost to replace the 3.7-liter V6 model which has received noticeably few upgrades, options and packages in recent years.
Two expected changes that we’ve reported on extensively are given further credence — a dual exhaust option and 10-speed automatic which now appears in the options list, the first of which almost assuredly refers to the quad tip active exhaust system we’ve seen on some recent 2018 Mustang prototypes.
In a welcomed surprise, Ford also appears to be offering the option for MagneRide dampers on both the EcoBoost and Mustang GT which will bring it closer to the handling characteristics of the Shelby GT350.
Interestingly, the options list includes a “Performance Package 2” in addition to the usual GT Performance Package. This package suggests that Ford will offer a more track-focused package for the Mustang GT to more directly compete with the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE package.
Of note, the Shelby body code (P8J) shows up for the 2018 model year, in line with previous reports that the Shelby GT350 will continue for at least another year.
New colors Orange Fury and Royal Crimson will be offered for the first time on a Mustang, with the former also being offered on the 2018 Shelby GT350 along with the Shelby-exclusive “Lead Foot Gray” exterior paint. Kona Blue will also be making a return, but Grabber Blue fans will be sad to learn the color which was introduced just last year will not be available for the 2018 Mustang.
Check out a preview of the 2018 Mustang options and colors list in the forums.