2018 Ford Mustang loses V6 engine but gains 10-speed auto and some interesting upgrades

Article by Christian A., on November 23, 2016

A forum post in Mustang6G and a succeeding blog post have revealed some interesting details regarding the 2018 Ford Mustang. While there may not be a lot of details divulged, there is enough to get an idea of what to expect. We get for instance an idea of what colors to expected for the regular version and the Shelby.

In terms of transmissions though, it will still use the automatic version but instead of the 6-speed unit, it is fitted with a 10-speed one. This is the same one inside the Raptor and even some of the F-150 models. The shift is not that surprising considering that this can be seen as the best next step and if equipped correctly, can enhance not only performance but efficiency as well.

On the outside, there is the possibility that the 2018 Ford Mustang will have new headlights and new taillights too. There is also the chance that the bumpers will be redesigned. At the rear portion, Ford is likely to make a dual exhaust available, though the post does not show on what engine it will be paired with.

Another feature is the magnetorheological dampers, or MagneRide, which will be fitted not only for the GT models but with the EcoBoost versions as well, allowing them to have characteristics similar to models like the Shelby GT350. Ford will be offering as an option the Performance Package 2, which some are saying would be like the Performance Packs being offered in many models today.

There is however the EcoBoost Performance Pack which allows the suspension to be enhanced with sturdier brakes put in while the new wheels are fitted with summer tires. For the GT PP, there is the Torsen rear differential and the Brembo brakes. Given all of these, it would be a bit safe to say that the Performance Pack 2 would also include the adaptive bumpers and dual exhaust. It may even offer a distinct tune.

For those who want to learn more about the new model, it actually doesn’t require much effort as all that is needed is to get access to a dealer-authorized ordering computer. With this, many were surprised therefore to learn that there would be no V6 as the code that referenced, when encoded to a computer, returns an invalid result.

Still, this could be expected as it is fitted with the turbo four EcoBoost 2.3-liter engine. It is even possible that the brand itself downgraded the power of the V6 engine so that it would not overcome the EcoBoost ensuring that customer will choose fewer cylinders. Without the V6 though, this can mean that the base Mustang would have its price reduced.

The posts also show that it is likely that a new Shelby GT500 is being developed though it will be years before it will be officially unveiled. Should it happen, it will likely not include a Performance Pack as it may already deliver a lot of power.

Source: Autoblog via Mustang6G

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