2018 Ford Mustang: Need We Say More?

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

The “refresh” of the 2018 Mustang is like getting doused with a bucket of ice-cold water in the Sahara: it is nothing if not absolutely bracing.

2018 Ford Mustang V8 GT

That is, they’ve changed the exterior by providing a lower hood and grille, as well as a front splitter in the front and new tri-bar LED tail lamps, a new bumper and an available spoiler in the rear. The Mustang GT has the 5.0-liter V8 under its hood that it has had before—but now it produces 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, up from 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of the previous model. And for those opting for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four, the horsepower remains the same at 310, but the torque is 350 lb-ft, up from 320. There is a six-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic to be mated to those engines.

2018 Mustang Digital Cluster

Because a number of Mustang owners find themselves at a track (or pretend they are when they’re just on a two-lane out in the middle of nowhere), there is standard electric line lock that lets the tires get warmed up before the accelerator is mashed.

And speaking of spinning the tires, for those opting for the 12-inch all-digital cluster, there is an animation of a spinning, smoking alloy wheel displayed when line lock is being deployed. (Yes, it was developed, in part, by a group of people who had previously been in the video game industry. But how many drivers today, drivers who are interested in performance cars like the Mustang, started getting interested by playing some version of Forza on Xbox?)

Otherwise, the screen provides 26 color options for up to eight different gauges.

The whole car advances quite a bit for both those who are just looking for a nicer, more powerful daily driver and those who want to get after it whether it is in a straight line or through twisty roads (there is an available MagneRide system available to accommodate that).

2018 Ford Mustang GT

There is a whole lot to know about the development of the 2018 Mustang, so to find out more, on this edition of “Autoline After Hours” John McElroy and I sit down with Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widdman, Tom Barnes, Mustang engineer, and Mark Schaller, Mustang Marketing Manager, to learn about the newest iteration of the legendary pony car.

Then John and I are joined by Roman Mica of TFLCar.com and Nik Miles of OurAutoExpert.com to get their assessments of the 2018 Mustang in particular and on how it fits into the changing automotive landscape in general. (Think about it: while there is plenty of discussion of autonomous and electrified vehicles, muscle cars? Yet here is the Mustang, more than 50 years on.)

And you can see it all here.