New Year, New Mustang
A new year means a new Mustang — it also means reading a lot of “New Year, new me” statuses on Facebook. The crew here at Team Ford can’t help you out with your friends, but they can help you into a new 2018 Mustang. Following is a bit of a side by side comparison of the 2017 Mustang and the 2018 Mustang; think of it as a bit of guidance to get you started off on the right foot in the new year. And as always, come down to Team Ford where our experienced staff is happy to answer any questions you may about Ford vehicles (or how to block that one annoying co-worker on Facebook).
The Mustang has a long and storied history, which we’ve touched upon in our blog, and every year the designers at Ford work tirelessly to make sure this iteration is better than the last.
There have been minimal changes made to the already enticing 2017 version of the Mustang; a wider mouth, and lower front grille and hood make for a more powerful look in 2018. The rear fascia with available quad tip dual exhausts also adds to the pony car’s muscular demeanor, and the brand new colour Orange Fury Metallic is sure to turn heads.
The interior of the Mustang hasn’t changed a great deal for 2018, but there are a few technological advancements. The Ford Sync® system has been upgraded to the larger touchscreen of the Sync® 3, which also includes more smartphone and app capabilities. Most notably, the gauge display has been upgraded to a new 12-inch LCD that is customizable; choose the gauge layout, gauge cluster, and even ancillary gauges.
The 2018 Ford Mustang continues the storied line’s evolution, including the availability of a brand new, 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. A real-time adaptive shift-scheduling algorithm means you never miss the correct gear, as well as giving you downshifting capability and ensuring the best performance possible from your Mustang.
But let’s be honest, when we are talking Mustangs one stat is always more interesting than the rest; and while the 2.3L EcoBoost engine in the 2017 model produced an impressive 435hp, the 2018 version cranks out an imposing 460hp and 420 lbs.-ft. of torque. Add the other performance upgrades like Brembo® brakes, and the newly available MagneRide™ Damping system, born in the Ford Performance lab, and it equates to a more than worthy inclusion in the Mustang lineup.
|2017 Mustang V6||2017 Mustang EcoBoost||2017 Mustang GT||2018 EcoBoost 2dr Coupe||2018 GT 2dr Coupe||2018 GT Premium 2dr Coupe|
|Engine||3.7L Ti-VCT V6||2.3L GTDI I-4||5.0L Ti-VCT V8||2.3L 4cyl Turbo 6M||5.0L 8cyl 6M||5.0L 8cyl 6M|
|Base Engine Size||3.7L||2.3L||5.0L||2.3L||5.0L||5.0L|
|Fuel Delivery||Sequential Multi-port Fuel Injection||Direct Injection||Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection||Direct Injection||Direct Injection||Sequential Multi-port Electronic Fuel Injection|
|Torque||280 lb-ft||320 lb-ft||400 lb-ft||350 lb-ft||420 lb-ft||420 lb-ft|
|Exhaust||Dual Bright slashed cut||Dual Bright slashed cut||Dual, Stainless Steel exhaust w/ bright rolled tips||Dual Bright Exhaust w/ Rolled tips||Dual Bright Exhaust w/ Rolled tips||Dual Exhaust w/ quad tips|
|Transmission||6-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)||6-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)||6-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)||10-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)||10-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)||10-speed SelectShift Automatic w/ Paddle Shifters (optional)|
If those aren’t enough reasons to entice you to come down to Team Ford to check out the brand new 2018 Ford Mustang, just think about how jealous you will make everyone on Facebook when you upload a picture of yourself posing beside one.