According to Ford, the 2018 Mustang not only gets a more potent powerplant but also delivers a more efficient drivetrain too. Having said that, the refreshed model is 5.6 percent more efficient than the older version when it comes to fuel economy. Another new feature is that the pony has improved handling, thanks to the aerodynamic tweaks.
For the sake of comparison, the 2017 Ford Mustang EcoBoost (in automatic and manual) was rated 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined, whereas the 2018 models were rated 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway and 25 mpg combined. On the other hand, the 2017 Ford Mustang GT in automatic and manual have ratings of 15 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined. Though the 2018 GT in manual have the same ratings, the automatic version has improved ratings at 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined.
Mike Del Zio, dynamics engineer of Ford, together with Jonathan Gesek, aerodynamics engineer, discovered a way to make the 2018 Mustang easier to handle. Del Zio found that high-speed cornering was not as good as the wind tunnel number indicated, which he noticed during on-track development. What he did to solve this problem was to apply a strip of duct tape over the lower gap of the grille.
After doing so, he took the vehicle back on track, where he realised that the vehicle responded better in high-speed turns. He then concluded that the little piece of tape made all the difference.
It has been years since the duo started working on the Mustang refresh team. In fact, when the latest generation 2015 model year arrived, they already had plans to set targets for these updates.
To help reduce the drag of the 2018 Mustang, the men had to do a number of aerodynamic changes, which included arching the nose downwards, according to Gesek. Also, its new shape provides better visibility for the driver. In addition, he said that he thought about bringing the Mustang even lower, but doing so will affect the car’s usability. If it goes even lower, drivers might always have to worry about scraping the vehicle’s front end in every driveway.
Currently, the Mustang is available worldwide, which also has an impact on the car’s tuning. For instance, Del Zio and Gesek need to speak with their European partners when considering changes, to ensure that they tune it to the correct specs so it would be legal in Europe. Despite all that, Mustang still ensures to retain the Mustang’s unique experience.
For those who are interested, the 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost starts at $25,585, while the Mustang GT is priced at $35,095.