Compared to BMW – who took a very subtle approach to the 4 series facelift – Ford has changed a lot in the latest iteration of the Mustang.
We’ll start with the aesthetics. The front end has been redesigned and Ford seems to have lost some of the Mustang’s sex appeal in the process. The 2018 version gets a remodeled grill, bonnet and scoops which according to Ford, give the car a leaner look while also improving aerodynamics. At the rear you will find a new wing option and LED lights.
Ford have now done away with the base V6 version limiting your engines choices to two. The 5.0L V8 and the four cylinder EcoBoost. Both options have been re-worked. The V8 now revs higher and has more power thanks to a new high-pressure fuel injection system. Ford have also squeezed more torque out of the turbocharged four pot, but no exact figures have been given. While I wouldn’t expect anything mind blowing, any power increase is always welcome.
The 6 speed manual box remains although that too has been tweaked to make sure it can handle the power and torque increases. Ford now offer a 10 speed automatic box in place of the woeful 6 speed in the outgoing version. The new transmission promises improved shift times, closer ratios and greater usability at low speeds.
The suspension has also been totally reworked. New shocks, a new cross-axis joint in the rear, new stabilizer bars, the list goes on. The result – in theory – is a much sharper more capable machine in the bends. If you opt for the Mustang Performance Package you can get Fords MagnaRide damper technology too.
An updated interior sees a shiny new 12 inch digital instrument cluster in place of the old school dials. As with most digital units like this one, it can show countless different pieces of information and of course can be personalized the drivers taste, or lack of as the case may be.
What do you think of the new look?