2018 Mustang RefreshLast Updated November 21, 2016
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.
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 in located in the inside 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
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!
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Spy Photos Source: Mustang6G.com | KGP Spy Photography | Autoblog.com | SpeedBilde
Recently spotted, the S550 Mustang is expecting to be refreshed by Ford come the 2018 model year. With that said, the latest spy shots have surfaced. Thanks to Mustang6G.com and KGP Spy Photography, we can get a taste of what the 2018 Mustang will look like as early as now!
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