2018 Mustang RefreshLast Updated February 1, 2017
The time has come and the 2018 Ford Mustang has finally been officially released. With the help of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Ford Motor Company, the 2018 Mustang was debuted with a very touching story from Marlene Rodriguez, a well-deserving U.S. combat veteran.
Although the exterior changes to the 2018 Mustang may seem subtle aside from the the front fascia, rest assured there are many new features and technological advances in the S550’s mid-cycle refresh. Some of which include, but are not limited to a higher horsepower and torquier dual-injected 5.0L Coyote Engine for the GT, more torque for the 2.3L EcoBoost engine thanks to an overboost feature, upgraded MT-82 transmission, available heated steering wheel, full digital LCD instrument cluster, available Active Valve Performance Exhaust, available 10-Speed Automatic Transmission and available MagneRide damping system from the GT350 and GT350R. And that’s not all! Read on to check out some more of the new features on the 2018 Mustang.
New 2018 Mustang Convertible Debut (1/20/2017)
It was only a matter of time after the unveiling of the all-new 2018 Mustang on Tuesday, 1/17, that the Convertible was to come shortly thereafter. And here it is!
There is no question that the all-new 2018 Mustang in convertible form is sleeker and more refined with the revised front end, additional wheel options and other subtle touches that undoubtedly take the Mustang to the next level.
We are definitely a fan, especially as more colors and high-quality photos have been released over the past few days. Be sure to let us know what you think on our social channels: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more! Be sure to follow for more updates as well.
Ford Hints At Boss 302 in 2018 Mustang Press Photos (1/18/2017)
Yesterday, in surfing through some of the photos that Ford included in the press release for the 2018 Mustang, we came across a potential easter egg! In the top left-hand corner, you can see another Mustang in the background of the photo shown below. If you look closely, you can see it is clearly sporting the Boss 302 striping well known from the early model Boss 302's all the way up to the most recent 2012 and 2013 model years.
So what do you think? This could mean a Boss 302 is destined for the 2019 or 2020 model years before the S650 planned for the 2021 model year. If this does happen, it will be interesting to see where the Boss 302 will fall on the lineup, considering the GT350 and GT350R are truly the pinnacle of a track-oriented Mustang. We will be sure to keep you updated as more information surfaces. Regardless, we are extremely excited about what’s to come!
2018 Mustang Officially Unveiled At The Detroit Auto Show (1/17/2017)
As of 11:00 AM EST on January 17, 2017, the 2018 Mustang was officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show in Michigan. With the touching story from The Rock and Marlene, a decorated combat veteran, Ford really did well with the all-new reveal.
Now that we have some high-resolution photos, we can describe some of the similarities and differences to give you a better idea of what you can expect to see once this all-new model hits the showroom floors very soon!
2018 Mustang Differences:
- Available 10-speed Automatic Transmission
- Redesigned front fenders, lower hood and grille, with new hood vents
- Standard LED Headlamps
- 5.0L V8 Gains Horsepower and Torque
- 2.3L EcoBoost Gains Torque
- Available Active Valve Performance Exhaust
- Redesigned Rear Fascia With Standard Quad-Tip Exhaust
- Available Heated Steering Wheel With Upgraded Leather
- 12 Available Wheel Options
- Redesigned Tri-Bar LED Taillamps and Over-The-Top Racing Stripes
On top of that, Ford mentions that direct-injection is a go for the Coyote in the all-new 2018 Mustang. Using this technology on the already powerful 435 horsepower 5.0L can lead one to deduce that the 2018 Mustang will definitely have more horses under the hood…
There are simply just too many small, but tasteful changes to name. At first, there were many that didn’t like when the 2015 Mustang debuted with such drastic changes from the S197 platform. However, we think in due time the all-new 2018 Mustang will grow on everyone, including us!
2018 Mustang Official Photos
The Rock Suprises A US Veteran With The All-New 2018 Mustang (1/17/2017)
In a very touching story behind a combat veteran, Marlene, was awarded the Go Further Award by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson on behalf of Ford along with an all-new 2018 Ford Mustang GT.
Through some of these up-close shots, there are some shots of an all-new digital gauge cluster and some more detailed shots of the front and rear fascia with quad-tip exhaust and completely re-worked snout.
Check out Marlene’s moving story and her reaction through the video below, along with some up-close shots of Ford’s all-new 2018 Mustang GT.
2018 Mustang Social Media Leaks And Unconfirmed Reports (1/16/2017)
Just this afternoon, there have been some unconfirmed videos and photos floating around on social media and other news outlets with the running footage of the claimed 2018 Mustang GT with the Performance Package in what looks to be Triple Yellow.
We haven’t been able to confirm any of these reports, however. For that reason, we will only share a screenshot of the video that has surfaced. Once we are able to confirm these reports, we will surely update you with the latest information on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT and other models!
2018 Shelby GT350/GT350R To Show Only Exterior Color Changes (12/19/2016)
According to a dealer sign-up sheet provided by user btown93 on Mustang6G, it appears as if the 2018 Shelby GT350/GT350R will only see exterior color changes. What exactly does this mean? Well, this document implies that the Shelby GT350 and GT350R will not see any design refreshments as the EcoBoost and GT are set to see for the 2018 model year. If this is the case, the GT350 and GT350R styling will retain the same general looks as the 2015-2017 model years, but with a 2018 VIN Number.
This has been seen with the late model Camaro a few years back. The RS and SS got the exterior aesthetic upgrades, whereas the ZL1 kept the same front end as the previous generation Camaro. There are various reasons as to why this could have occured, but for the 2018 Shelby's case, it's more than likely for functional reasons. Upon its debut, the Shelby GT350 and GT350R saw completely new sheet metal north of the firewall. This would mean that for the 2018 refresh, Ford and Ford Performance would have to design, develop and manufacture another front end for the GT350/GT350R. This could potentially mean that the GT350 and GT350R could soon be on the way out and replaced by a beefier GT500, or the resources simply weren't there to develop new sheet metal for the Shelby. Regardless of the reasoning, we're excited to see what this means for the GT350 in upcoming model years. Only time will tell!
2018 Mustang MagneRide, New Colors, Performance Packages and More! (10/28/2016)
Thanks to XKRJAG on Mustang6G, we were able to find out some more information on the highly rumored 2018 Mustang Refresh. First and foremost, there seems to be an option offered for MagneRide on the EcoBoost and GT models! Coming from the GT350, this will surely prove to step up the handling capabilities of these non-Shelby pony cars. On top of that, through process of elimination in Ford’s Ordering System, the V6 is likely no longer available after the 2017 model year.
There will also be a host of new colors available for the Mustang come 2018 including the loved Kona Blue from the 2015 50th Anniversary Models, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson. For Shelby models, it seems Avalanche Gray has been replaced with Lead Foot Gray, along with the offering of Orange Fury as well. Unfortunately, it seems Ford has made Grabber Blue a one-year run, as it does not seem to be on the list for the 2018 models.
Additionally, there seems to be the option of two different performance packages. This could either potentially be the difference between the EcoBoost Performance Package and GT Performance Package that we have been seeing since 2015, or a more track-oriented performance package that turns up the dial similar to the Camaro’s 1LE.
On top of that, there seems to be the option for a Carbon Sport Package. With the rise of popularity in Carbon Fiber parts, such as the Anderson Composites parts we used on our 2016 SEMA Car, this could be a hint at some carbon fiber parts featured on the Mustang right off the dealership floor!
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Active Quad-Tip Exhaust? (10/28/2016)
More spy photos have surfaced of the highly anticipated 2018 Mustang refresh expected to debut in the early months of 2017. This time, the focus is on the rear of the car thanks to the more-than-obvious quad-tip exhaust system. Reminscent of the GT350's exhaust and outgoing GT500 in 2014, this quad-tip exhaust has hints of being an active system from the factory.
What exactly does active mean? An active exhaust means that you will be able to change the tone and volume of your exhaust system with the push of a button. This is achieved already on the Roush RS3 Mustangs with the turn of a dial located next to the shifter. When you turn the dial from "Touring" to "Track," a butterfly valve located inside the exhaust tip opens up. This allows for exhaust gases to flow straight through the muffler and exit the inside tips rather than through the baffles and exit through the outside tips. The result is a "straight-through" racing-style muffler volume. The benefit of this kind of exhaust system allows enthusiasts to get loud when they want at a car show or drag racing event and quiet when they're pulling out of their driveway for work at 6 AM in the morning.
Although this isn't confirmed for the 2018 Mustang, there is a strong possibility that there will be an active exhaust system in the future for the Mustang. This is for a couple reasons: The GT350 and GT350R already have active exhaust, as do the Roush RS3's. Additionally, Ford Performance has been testing an aftermarket cat-back exhaust system featuring an active setup on their 5.2L Aluminator XS test car. From the YouTube video, you can hear the driver use the switch inside the cabin to switch the valves from open to closed twice before he revs it up. Note that the 2018 will not sound anything like this car, considering it has over 570 horsepower with the all-new 5.2L Aluminator XS crate engine from Ford Performance mated to a set of longtube headers.
New Headlights And Spoiler? (10/20/2016)
Thanks to CarAdvice.com, some more photos have surfaced of the upcoming Mustang facelift. We're not 100% sure, but you can see a couple defining aesthetic differences from the outgoing 2017 model year. First off, check out those headlights! You can only see the projector housing, but there looks to be some sort of LED halo ring around the headlights themselves. This could definitely give a different look to the front clip of the S550.
Same thing goes with the rear of the 2018 Mustang. Something about the trunk also looks different on this particular test mule. There seems to be a spoiler of some sort on the trunk which would also be something different than what we're seeing now on the 2015-2017 Mustangs. Aside from the GT350R spoiler, the only pedestal spoiler offered is currently on the GT/CS. Having a larger spoiler on the 2018 Mustang could definitely attract some more attention to the already-popular Mustang.
2018 Mustang Refresh Update (10/10/2016)
Since our original post, there has been sightings of another potential 2018 Mustang prototype roaming the streets of Michigan around Ford Headquarters. This particular vehicle is interesting due to the odd scoop seen on the hood. According to Mustang6G, this could be due to possible engine tweaks like potential direct-injection for the 5.0L Coyote engine or even for a 2018 Mach 1 Mustang. It's really tough to tell, but this really leaves things to the imagination when it comes to what actually could be under the hood causing Ford to cut a hole in their hood and slap on some sort of scoop.
You can also see a few differences when it comes to the "tri-bar" daytime running lights in the headlight housings. Are these here to stay or some sort of pre-production prototype headlights or something new for 2018? You could say the same for the taillights on the rear without any black trim like you see on 2015-2017 Mustangs. These could mean nothing since this is truly a Mustang test mule, but keeping a keen eye to little details like this could clue you in to what you'll see on the new 2018 Mustang.
On top of that, the first 2018 Mustang Convertible test mule was spotted around the same time on the streets of Michigan, courtesy of Autoblog.com. Again, with the heavy camouflage, it's tough to make out many differences. But, you can see different wheels and something different about the daytime running lights as well. Little details, but it could mean for big changes to the S550 look we know and love now. Keep your eyes posted for more in the near future!
2018 Mustang Rendering
Due to this hype, many enthusiasts such as the members over at Mustang6G.com, create renderings of their own to show the world what they envision the 2018 Ford Mustang looking like. Dating back even to shortly after the 2015 Mustang officially debuted, many fans hopped on their computers, nipped and tucked design cues of the S550 to create their own version of the 2018 Mustang refresh.
2018 Mustang Spy Shots"quite a bit to the imagination"
Unfortunately, these spy shots of the 2018 Mustang roaming around the streets of Dearborn, MI leave quite a bit to the imagination with the heavy camouflage covering nearly every square inch of the car. Thanks to KGP Spy Photography, we are able to get a very rough idea of what to expect from the general lines of the Mustang prototype.
An example of this would be the roof in these photos. Could it be a glass roof? This potential option on the 2018 Mustang would be sought after to say the least. An example of a glass roof can be found on the CJ’s 2013 GT “Gotta Have It Street” car!
Being a very popular (and rare) option on the S197, many have hoped and dreamed to see a glass roof on the new S550 platform. It offers an option for those who may not like convertibles to enjoy the sights of going topless. Who knows, maybe Ford has listened with the 2018 Mustang refresh!
2018 Mustang Design Spied
With the weather starting to get cooler headed into the winter of 2016-2017, we are starting to see hints, thanks to Mustang6G.com and others, of the latest Mustang prototypes around Ford’s headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. This includes the 2018 Mustang with a newly redesigned look. It’s been rumored for a while that the S550 Mustang, which was released in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, will receive a “refresh” come the 2018 model year.
The design seems relatively familiar with what we know and love from the current 2015-2017 models. If you think back to the 1999 refresh of the SN95 and 2010 refresh of the S197 Mustang, they were mostly aesthetic changes. Granted, Ford upped the power output of all Mustang models by 100+ horsepower with the 2011 model year thanks to the 5.0L Coyote V8 and 3.7L Cyclone V6. We personally don’t think there will be a power bump similar to that with the 2018 Mustang facelift, but be on the lookout for the all-new 10-Speed Automatic Transmission.
Like we said earlier, these spy photos leave nearly everything to the imagination. From the photos you can see the 2010-2012 GT500 wheels which are likely used for testing purposes along with a differently shaped hood and front fascia, but it’s truly tough to tell under such heavy camouflage.
However, there are a few subtle differences that can be depicted from the somewhat mesmerizing camouflage Ford chose for this prototype Mustang.
- Downward sloped hood similar to the GT350 that provides better frontward visibility
- Potential front fascia and headlight redesign
- Altered rear bumper and valance with possibly different exhaust tips
- Likely taillight redesign to mimic other body style refreshes
2018 Mustang 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
As we are all familiar with the four engine offerings when it comes to the S550 platform, there is potential for some reorganization with the debut of the 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission to the Mustang.
First off, there is a possibility that the 3.7L V6 could be dropped in favor for a full frontal push for the EcoBoost platform as the budget-friendly performance-oriented Mustang. This wouldn’t be surprising, because aside from the V8s, the EcoBoost has been the main focus of both Ford Performance and the aftermarket with many hopped up 2.3L Mustangs dipping into the low 10s in the quarter mile!
There really hasn’t been any talk of dropping the MT-82 6-Speed Manual Transmission from the Mustang platform, but the introduction of this 10-speed auto could definitely hurt some feelings of other performance cars in the same class. Remember, quicker shift times mean faster acceleration in the quarter mile!
2018 Mustang Price & Release Date
There hasn’t been much talk of a difference in price when it comes to the 2018 Mustang. However, there was a minor bump in price when it came to the 2015 and 2016 Mustang, so it’s likely there will be a bit of a difference. Considering there aren’t any plans, as far as we know, for major changes aside from aesthetics, it’s likely they’ll be closely priced to the current starting MSRP of $24,915 for the 2017 Mustang.
Plan on buying a 2018 Mustang when they’re available? You may have to wait a bit considering there is not a release date set by Ford Motor Company as of yet. However, the full reveal of the 2018 Mustang prototype is expected sometime in early 2017, which aligns perfectly with the North American International Auto Show in January 2017; we’ll be sure to keep you posted!
More Spy Photos
Spy Photos Source: Mustang6G.com | KGP Spy Photography | Autoblog.com | SpeedBilde
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