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 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, 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.
That’s All She Wrote! (1/26/2018)
Well, that’s about all we’ve got for the unveiling of the 2018 Mustang. It was a long road from start to finish, but here
we are! The world has seen what the 2018 Mustang has to offer and it’s certainly held up every expectation and then some!
If you’re interested in checking out some of our other articles, check them out below. And if you're interested to learn more about the 2019 Mustang colors, then be sure to check out that article!
For owners of the 2018 Mustang, we put together a handy reference identifying different components under the hood and undercarriage of the 2018 Ford Mustang.
New Mustang Bullitt Spotted! (12/5/2017)
A huge thanks to appropriately named
Bullitt on Mustang6G for posting up these photos of the new
Bullitt Mustang! They seem to be shooting a commercial of some sort in Chicago for the new rendition of the pony
car. There’s absolutely no doubt that this is the Bullitt judging by the color and Bullitt-style wheels with that iconic
chrome lip that screams the '60s!
Unfortunately, there isn’t much more we can make out from one blurry photo. But after this spotting, we’re sure that there
will be more and more content surfacing regarding the new Mustang Bullitt! Be sure to keep it posted here at CJ’s for
the latest updates!
Bill’s New 2018 Mustang GT! (11/15/2017)
The day has finally come! Bill took delivery of his Race Red 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the GT Performance Package, MagneRide
Damping System, 401A Equipment Group, the Digital Instrument Cluster and more! Needless to say, Bill was excited to get
his hands on the refreshed Pony that everyone has been talking about for over a year now.
From a first glance, much of the car is the same as the 2015-2017 model years that we’re already used to. But there are some
slight touches that make the 2018 Mustang that much cooler. Bill pointed out that the interior trim is now satin rather
than polished which makes for a much cleaner - and less blinding - look.
In typical CJ fashion, you know that we’ll be throwing parts at this car left and right, all while shooting informative and
detailed installation videos along the way. If you want to see the latest 2018 Mustang content, be sure to subscribe
CJ YouTube Channel!
2018 Mustangs at SEMA 2017 (10/31/2017)
We were incredibly excited to unveil our
2018 F-150 EcoBoost SEMA Truck at this year’s SEMA Show. The CJ F-150 build was received well from many show-goers,
but the 2018 Mustang was the absolute showstopper with over seven custom builds unveiled in Ford’s booth on the floors
at SEMA 2017.
With that said, many pony car lovers flocked to SEMA just to see these brand new 2018 Mustangs dressed up in some of
the hottest parts from twin-turbo builds to air ride and wide-body setups - some of these builds were truly one-of-a-kind!
Performance Package - Level 2 Dubbed “Tremor Package” (10/18/2017)
Thanks to our good friends over at Mustang6G, we are able to get some new info on the Performance Package - Level 2,
Tremor Package! This $6,500 package is available on both the GT and EcoBoost with a scheduled Job #2 date of
December 4, 2017. This means we’ll start seeing these Tremor Package-equipped Mustangs on dealership floors in early
2018 Mustang Tremor Package Contents:
- 19”x9.5” Front & 19”x10” Rear Aluminum Wheels
- 3.73 Limited Slip Rear Axle
- 3.73 Ratio Limited Slip w/ Torsen
- 6-Speed MT-82 Manual Transmission
- Aluminum I/P Insert
- Front BMP-Platinum Performance
- High Series Police Brakes
- Larger Radiator
- MagneRide Damping System
- Oil Pressure & Boost Gauge
- Performance Plus Rear Spoiler
- Tire Repair Kit
Being a $6,500 package, there has to be value in adding this package onto your 2018 Mustang - and there definitely is!
Between the stunning, aggressive-offset wheels with sticky Cup 2 tires, MagneRide Damping System and huge 6-Piston
Brembo Brakes, this package means business and is meant to directly counter the Camaro SS 1LE!
From the photos, it looks like we’re going to see a new front splitter as well - what an aggressive look! We’re excited
to learn more about the Performance Package - Level 2 or
Tremor Package as more details trickle out over time!
Better MPG Thanks To Improved Aerodynamics (10/11/2017)
When Ford set out to design and update the 2018 Mustang, they didn’t stop at the aesthetics. Ford went the extra mile
and added a new generation engine for both the EcoBoost and GT models with more power and torque, a quick-shifting
10-Speed Automatic Transmission, MagneRide Damping System, an optional LCD Gauge Cluster and much more!
What we’re getting at is that the 2018 Mustang isn’t just a refreshed front fascia, but it’s so much more. Ford has released
their estimated fuel economy numbers and we’re seeing improvements across the board. There are various reasons for
this, but most of it is thanks in part to the improved aerodynamics of the lower-to-the-ground front fascia and new
automatic transmission among other improvements
2018 Ford Mustang Ford Estimated Gas Mileage:
- 2018 Mustang EcoBoost (MT) - 21 mpg city, 31 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined
- 2018 Mustang EcoBoost (AT) - 21 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, 25 mpg combined
- 2018 Mustang GT (MT) - 15 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, 18 mpg combined
- 2018 Mustang GT (AT) - 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, 19 mpg combined
A big thanks to our friends at Motor Authority for crunching the numbers whereas the Mustang EcoBoost models are 4.2%
more efficient than the outgoing 2017 model year, and the GT models are 5.6% more efficient when equipped with the
new 10-Speed Auto. Increased power and better fuel efficiency when it comes to the 2018 Mustang - what’s not to like?
2018 ROUSH Mustang (10/6/2017)
If you’ve been following any of Roush Performance’s social channels, then you probably have seen a teaser or two of Roush’s
version of the 2018 Mustang. Today, they released the most revealing teaser yet of what their plans are for the highly
controversial 2018 Mustang front fascia.
We snagged a screenshot of the video and brought up the shadows a bit to see more of what the new 2018 Mustang would
look like outfitted in Roush’s get-up. And from what we can see… it’s a
huge improvement over the factory front end!
From the photo below, this looks to be a clay version of the 2018 Mustang or at least parts of the car. You can see
that the left side appears to be the factory 2018 Mustang front end with a mirror going right down the middle. On
the right side, you can get a sneak peek of Roush’s Stage 3 front fascia with a new upper grille, front vents and
most importantly, what looks to be a completely new lower fascia!
This is exactly what the 2018 Mustang was lacking with the front end redesign and, as we expected, Roush breathed new
life into it! We can’t wait to see what this car looks like in person!
Update: The 2018 Roush Mustang has been officially unveiled using the GIF below on Roush’s social channels.
You can see a new lower fascia, scoops on either side, grille, new hood heat extractors, and a few other modifications
that will surely turn up the volume knob to 11 with the new refreshed Mustang!
Mustang Bullitt Confirmed Via Window Sticker (10/5/2017)
Thanks again to our friends over at Mustang6G for picking up this 2018 Bullitt Mustang window sticker from an anonymous
source. This Ford test window sticker is confirming the 2018 Bullitt GT and a few other interesting facts about this
highly rumored car.
The 2018 Mustang Bullitt will be offered in a Highland Green Metallic which will likely be a close match to the traditional
Dark Highland Green that we know and love from previous Bullitt Mustangs. It’ll be an add-on package for the GT,
so it’ll obviously include the 460 horsepower 5.0L Coyote V8 with the option of pairing the 10R80 10-Speed Auto as
From an aesthetic perspective, you can expect the traditional Bullitt accents such as quarter window louvers, a redesigned
faux gas cap over the decklid panel. It’s also rumored that the 2018 Bullitt Mustang will be unveiled on October
17th; the anniversary to the iconic Steve McQueen movie,
Update: According to a recent
Fox News article, Ford reached out and reported that the 2018 Mustang Bullitt window sticker is fake. Which
may be true, but that still doesn’t explain the sketches shown on the wall in a promotional video a few months
back. We have a feeling there could still be more to this one. Maybe for 2019?
Gas Mileage Revealed on Window Sticker (10/3/2017)
Thanks to our friends over at Mustang6G, we are able to get a look at what the 2018 Mustang window sticker looks
like with some of the new options. On top of that, the new 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission shows an improvement
when it comes to gas mileage!
According to user “disneyfun1,” this 2018 Mustang GT with the automatic transmission is just 1 MPG better in the
city, highway and combined. It may not sound like much, but anything helps with the GT’s eight cylinders.
At first that may not sound like much, but an improvement of 1 MPG across the board with such a massive improvement
in both horsepower and torque with the Gen 3 Coyote makes this a step in the right direction across the board.
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Performance Package 2 Wheels Spotted (9/25/2017)
Finally, we are able to get a peek at what the 2018 Mustang Performance Package 2 Wheels will look like on
the refreshed version of our favorite pony car. And they look awesome!
These Dark Tarnish Stainless Painted Aluminum Wheels are shown on a beautiful Kona Blue 2018 Mustang sporting the
Performance Package - Level 2 on a serene shoreline. But, let’s cut to the chase! These wheels are a 19" x 9.5"
(front), 19” x 10” (rear) fitment with 305mm wide Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires! Being the same rubber from
the Shelby GT350R, 2018 Mustangs equipped with the Performance Package 2 will certainly be a serious contender
on the road course. If these are the tires used on the final production cars, they'll be the stickiest tires
ever offered on a run-of-the-mill Mustang GT!
The Performance Package 2 option, unfortunately, has a late availability and won’t be shipping until early 2018. Special
thanks to Mustang6G users “dwalker” and “Topnotch” for the first two photos! As for the design and overall look of
the wheel, we’re serious fans and can’t wait to see them in person once they start hitting dealership showrooms!
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Euro-Spec 2018 Mustang Unveiled (9/12/2017)
Did you think that all of these 2018 Mustang updates were only for the US? Think again! Europe and the rest of the
world will be getting a refreshed version of America’s iconic pony car for the 2018 model year as well!
With its recent unveiling at the Frankfurt Auto Show, we’ll cut to the chase: The Euro-Spec 2018 Mustang will get
a bump in horsepower to 450 horsepower; up from 412 HP in 2017. However, to meet special emissions standards,
the EcoBoost variant loses a few ponies at 290 horsepower; down from 317 HP in 2017. Meaning if you’re looking
to put the pedal to the metal outside of the US, then you’re probably going to want the Mustang GT.
On the upside, European 2018 Mustang will also get the 10R80 10-Speed Automatic Transmission, revamped MT-82 6-Speed
Manual Transmission with a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel on the GT. Magneride Damping System,
Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keeping Assist, and the 12-Inch LCD Instrument Cluster will also be available on Euro-Spec
Mustangs as well.
Woodward Dream Cruise & Mustang Alley (8/22/2017)
The 2018 Mustang was debuted over seven months ago at this point. With that said, we’re getting closer and closer
to that ultimate point when the Mustang’s latest refresh will hit showroom floors across the world. Until then,
traveling and seeing these cars at Ford and Ford Performance displays will have to do for now.
After getting the opportunity to see the 2018 Mustang up close, including the underside, we were able
to snap a few photos and really get a grasp on what Ford’s latest rendition of America’s favorite pony car will
look and feel like once it hits showroom floors.
My personal favorite part about the new 2018 Mustang has to be the addition of technology. Yes, the price tag is
higher on the 2018, but you’re getting a ton of new tech to go with it. The all-new LCD Digital Instrument Cluster,
Active Exhaust and MagneRide Damping System are all features that were never available on the 2017 Mustang. Not
to mention the addition of direct injection to the GT’s 5.0L Coyote engine - which should deliver a noticeable
punch in low-end torque over the outgoing Gen 2 Coyote. Aside from the pancake of an engine cover, this is a
new technology that we’re quite excited about!
On top of that, a lot of the colors look great out in the sunlight. Orange Fury may have a little too much yellow
for my liking, but Royal Crimson looks classy out in the sunlight. Kona Blue certainly doesn’t disappoint either!
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2018 Mustang GT Quiet Mode & Quiet Start (8/1/2017)
If you’ve ever owned a Mustang or any muscle car for that matter, then you’ve probably had to deal with those neighbors that may not be the biggest fan of your All-American V8 under the hood. Steve von Foerster, former head of vehicle engineering for Ford Motor Company, has been in your shoes as well. He even had the cops called on him due to his excessively loud GT350!
Taking into account that he knew his car was loud and that everyone wasn’t the biggest fan of their picture frames rattling on the wall on a quiet Sunday morning, Von Foerster came up with the idea of a Quiet Exhaust Mode and industry-first Quiet Start. These new features will be available on 2018 Mustang GTs equipped with the optional active exhaust system.
According to a recent poll from Ranker.com, loud engine revving is one of the top complaints from many neighborhoods across the nation. Ford took this into their own hands by using the all-new active exhaust valves to quiet the exhaust when needed, so you can exit your neighborhood quietly until you’re at a safe distance to open it up!
This new feature drops the sound level of the new Mustang GT by 10 decibels to a much more tolerable 72 decibels - which is the equivalent of a dishwasher! Not too shabby for a car that will now outrun the $90,000+ Porsche 911 Carrera from 0-60 MPH!
2018 Mustang Horsepower Numbers (7/24/2017)
The time is finally here! We’re beyond excited to hear that Ford has finally officially released the power numbers for the 2018 Mustang GT and EcoBoost! Without further adieu, check them out!
2018 Mustang GT Horsepower/Torque: 460 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque
2018 Mustang EcoBoost Horsepower/Torque: 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque
On top of that, Ford has incorporated a Drag Strip Mode into the all-new 10-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission-equipped GTs which is designed to give maximum power, traction and shift points all delivered through the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires!
Perhaps what we’re most excited about is the 0-60 MPH time that is achieved through the additional power courtesy of the redesigned dual-fuel injection 5.0L Coyote Engine, along with the new Michelin tires, 10-speed transmission and Drag Strip Mode. The 2018 Mustang GT is able to outrun a Porsche 911 to 60 mph in less than 4 seconds along with the EcoBoost which isn’t far behind at less than 5 seconds!
Keep you eyes peeled on the Ford website for the option to build and price your 2018 Mustang starting July 25!
2018 Mustang EcoBoost Pony Package Specs! (7/10/2017)
The Mustang’s Pony Package has been revamped for the 2018 model year! Like past Pony Package Mustangs, this will not be available on the GT, only the EcoBoost. Perhaps most notable about the 2018 Mustang Pony Package is the front upper grille which will now include the pony surrounded by a chrome corral.
We’ve seen the running horse surrounded by the chrome corral in different forms over the years, including on the 50th Anniversary Limited Edition and Appearance Package cars in 2015. We’re happy Ford is paying homage to one of the defining qualities that made the Mustang special in the 1960s!
Some other things to note on the 2018 Mustang EcoBoost Pony Package are new 19-inch polished aluminum wheels, chrome beltline and window trim for the Fastback models, special floor mats, side stripes and a Tri-Bar pony on the rear decklid -- now sporting the red, white and blue stripes!
Ford has also confirmed that the 2018 Mustang is due in showrooms in October!
2018 Mustang Order Guide Companion Leaked! (7/7/2017)
Thanks to Mustang6G user “disneyfun1,” we were able to get a glimpse of the new Order Guide Companion for 2018 Ford vehicles. He was only able to scan the Mustang section of the pamphlet, but let’s be honest - that’s all we want to see!
There aren’t many new things to note that we don’t already know when it comes to the new 2018 Mustang. However, we are able to see a couple of new packages available on the Mustang's latest model year that weren’t available from 2015-2017.
First off, the EcoBoost Wheel and Stripe Package, sports some new stripes for the 2018 model year. The wheels themselves look to be recycled from the 2015-2017 model year on many EcoBoost cars, however, the stripes are new! We saw these stripes earlier on a Shadow Black EcoBoost.
Next up is the EcoBoost and GT Performance Packages. The biggest difference to note for the Performance Packages is the addition of the Rear Wing Spoiler on Fastback models only. This is different than 2015-2017 models in which Performance Package models actually had the spoiler deleted.
Last, but certainly not least is the all-new Carbon Sport Interior Package! With the Mustang getting sportier and sportier as every year goes by, Ford is paying attention to what their customers and enthusiasts are doing with modifications. One outstanding fact about S550 owners since its debut in 2015, is that Carbon Fiber has become quite popular for any aftermarket add-on whether it’s a hood, shift knob or spoiler. With that said, this Carbon Sport Interior Package includes a Carbon Fiber Instrument Panel and Shift Knob along with Ebony Black Seats with Alcantara inserts and Alcantara door inserts. Pretty cool having Carbon Fiber come from the factory on a Mustang!
Euro-Spec 2018 Mustang EcoBoost Spotted! (7/6/2017)
Thanks to our friends over at Mustang6G, their member “Ace” was able to snag some photos of the EU-Spec 2018 Mustang EcoBoost prototype! From these two photos, there really aren’t many surprising changes in comparison to the US-Spec Mustangs we’ve seen so far this year.
Just like the 2015-2017 Mustangs, we’re seeing the same clear tail lights, rear decklid emblem, rear fog/reverse light housing, larger side mirrors and revised headlights. However, one thing we were expecting was the daytime running lights (DRL’s) that many Euro-Spec Mustang owners have been screaming for over the past couple of years. We’ll just have to wait and see on the production models if Ford delivered on their demands.
One last thing to note is the fact that the car pictured below is an EU-Spec 2018 Mustang EcoBoost. If you check out the front wheel, you’ll see the GT Performance Package brakes behind the new, stylish black 19” wheel. Are the larger 6-Piston Brembo Brakes going to be standard or even optional on Euro-Spec Mustang EcoBoost models? Or is this just a one-off prototype? Only time will tell!
2018 Mustang EcoBoost Comes With Line Lock! (6/28/2017)
One complaint from many 2015-2017 Mustang EcoBoost owners is the lack of the line-lock feature that’s standard on the GT. Ford and Ford Performance listened and answered with the 2018 EcoBoost Mustang! The best part is that this feature will be standard across all models including the 2.3L EcoBoost Mustangs!
Yes, that even includes Mustangs with the new 10-Speed SelectShift automatic transmission! To make this feature even cooler for the 2018 model year, Ford added a spinning tire animation to the programming. So, if your 2018 Mustang has the available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, you’ll be able to see a spinning wheel kicking up smoke when the Line Lock feature is enabled.
For those that are curious what Line Lock is, how it works and what exactly it’s used for, just know that it’s not just because us Mustang enthusiasts like spinning tires! There’s actually a point to “warming up” the tires. In drag racing, the idea is to use the now-standard Line Lock feature to warm up the tires before pulling up the starting line. By doing a quick burnout, you’re heating the rubber up for maximum traction upon launch when that light goes green. Pretty cool, right?
Ford and Ford Performance have been really pushing the EcoBoost program since its inception around 2010; and with great success! With many S550 EcoBoost owners drag racing their cars with sticky tires on the back and plenty of modifications, it only makes sense to add this feature to the 2018 EcoBoost Mustang. We surely can’t wait to try it out ourselves!
Photoshoot Reveals New 2018 Mustang GT Rev Limiter (6/15/2017)
As the 2018 Mustang comes closer and closer to a dealership lot near you, Ford is beginning to put together their press materials for the launch. This includes photoshoots! Thanks to a a few people on scene who were able to capture some new photos of the 2018 Mustang and our friends over at Mustang6G, we were also able to grab a photo of the interior of a 2018 Mustang GT without the digital gauge cluster. This means we were able to see the new rev limiter in plain sight!
For Coyote Mustang fans, one of the best things about this Ti-VCT 5.0L V8 Engine from Ford is how it wakes up in the top part of the power band. Up until 2017, the fun ended around 6,900 RPM on the GT. Then, with the introduction of the flat-plane-crank on the 5.2L Voodoo Engine in the GT350, enthusiasts around the world got a taste of what a 8,250 RPM rev limiter was like in a Mustang. Now, the new GT won’t have a flat-plane-crank, but it will have a direct injection with quite possibly helped Ford raise that rev limiter an additional 500-600 RPM.
What does this mean for those who are looking to buy a 2018 Mustang GT? Well, you’ll not only get the power increase (which we still don’t have official numbers for, unfortunately), but you’ll also get to see that additional power increase for longer as the rev limiter has been raised. Not to mention, with the addition of dual injection (port-side and direct), tuners will really be able to dial in what they want out of the next-generation Coyote engine. It will surely be interesting to see what this new revision of the 5.0L is capable of once it’s released.
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Ford Released 2018 Mustang Fleet Brochures (5/4/2017)
Ford posted up the 2018 model year fleet brochures on their website, so we were able to take a look at some new information regarding the 2018 Mustang. Although we don’t get a look at the “TBD” horsepower and torque numbers, we are able to see the curb weight which sheds some light on what we’re going to be dealing with when pitting the 2018 Mustang up against other potentially lighter cars in its class.
The first thing that popped out at us for the brochure page was that in the Available Packages section, there was only one option for each engine when it comes to the Performance Package. This contradicts the rumors we’ve heard of there being two performance package options.
Lead Foot Gray on 2018 GT350 Spotted (4/25/2017)
Before you freak out and say this isn’t a 2018 Mustang, remember that Ford came out and announced that the GT350 will receive no new exterior upgrades for the 2018 model year. With that said, thanks to Mustang6G member, Bosshog, we were able to catch a glimpse of a GT350 in the all-new Lead Foot Gray.
Being a bit darker than the outgoing Avalanche Gray, it’s definitely a bit more aggressive. Especially when paired with the black racing stripes.
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Potential 2018 GT500 Mule Spied Up Close!
Thanks to Jay159866 over on Mustang6G, we were able to see a couple of up-close spy photos of the GT500 mule. Still heavily camouflaged, we aren’t entirely sure if this is indeed the GT500, or a variant of the GT350R. However, many sources and visual cues point to the fact that this could indeed be the new Shelby we all have been waiting for.
First off, we aren’t entirely sure if this will be a 2018 or 2019 model year release. Considering the release of the 2018 Refresh has come on gone, it could be a 2019 model year release, but only time will tell. For more information, check out our article dedicated to the all-new GT500!
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Ford Adds Pedestrian Detection System To 2018 Mustang
While we all know that the Mustang memes are floating around poking fun at bad drivers who happen to own Mustangs, Ford has taken matters into their own hands in aiding something that 81% of European drivers are afraid of -- driving at night.
It’s not just children that are afraid of the dark. It’s quite clear that adults are too since many clearly prefer not to drive at night if they don’t have to. To shed some light on what is being considered a global issue, more than 1 out of 5 road fatalities were pedestrians, almost half of which were caused by accidents at night. In the US, that number is even higher at 75% of motor-vehicle related pedestrian deaths happening after dark throughout 2015.
Ford’s Pedestrian Detection uses radar mounted within the front bumper along with a windshield-mounted camera to hopefully see pedestrians before you do in an effort to drive down these sad and unnecessary accidents across the globe. Using a database of “pedestrian shapes,” this system will be able to determine whether the object in front of the vehicle is an actual person or just another street sign. If the system is able to determine that a pedestrian is in front of the vehicle and the driver does not respond, the system will automatically apply the brakes.
This cutting edge Pedestrian Detection technology will be available later this year on the next-generation Fiesta in Europe. This feature will hit North American roads with the debut of the new 2018 Mustang and 2018 F-150.
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2018 Mustang GT Engine Bay SPIED! (3/16/2017)
It’s crazy to think that it has already been two months since the 2018 Mustang was officially debuted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson when he gifted the car to a very deserving veteran. Now that the details of the new 2018 Mustang have been released, many have been itching to see what the engine bay, specifically of the GT, looks like. This is due to the new addition of direct injection which is rumored to increase horsepower to 455 or potentially higher.
Thanks to TFLCar.com, we now have a good look at what the engine bay is going to look like on the 2018 Mustang GT. With a revised engine cover that is bigger and covers more area, it’s tough to really see what the combination of port and direct fuel injection will look like under the hood.
It’s clear that this photo, taken at the Kansas City International Auto Show, is a pre-production prototype vehicle. The biggest giveaway is the mismatching panels - a red fender and silver shock towers. This isn’t uncommon since the hood typically isn’t popped on Ford’s pre-production cars anyways.
We are excited to see what comes of this. Maybe this spy photo can potentially move the date up for when Ford officially releases the 2018 Mustang horsepower numbers!
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Orange Fury GT On Display At Virginia International Auto Show
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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.
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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 pinnacles 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!
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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 it 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!
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2018 Mustang Official Photos
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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.
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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!
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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!
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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 2018 Mustang Colors available for the Mustang come next year 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 Ford 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 of 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.
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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.
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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 as 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 into 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!
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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!
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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 of 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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