We suspected for awhile a refreshed Mustang was on the way. Yesterday, that car broke cover thanks to an embargo leak. But that only showed us a video and not high-resolution pics of the car. Now today, we have all the details and some new photos to show you. Here’s what you need to know about the 2018 Ford Mustang.
What you’ll notice first is the new front end, with a longer hood that gives the car either an aggressive or sad appearance, depending on who you ask. The new standard LED headlights look a bit like they’ve been lifted from the Jaguar XE. The color is new, and it’s called Orange Fury.
The rear end also gets a visual update, with new wing treatments, reshaped LED sequential tail lights, and more.
Under the hood there is one major change; the base V6 engine is dead. The only two options for the regular Mustang are the 2.3L EcoBoost — which will have more torque — and the 5.0L Coyote V8 — which will have more power and torque. We’re assuming the power bump will be similar to that in the 2018 Ford F-150, since that engine is newly updated in that application.
The 6-speed manual transmission remains — thankfully — but the old 6-speed automatic is gone. In its place is Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. This is a variant of the same transmission that’s in the before-mentioned F-150 and also in cars like the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.
Speaking of the Camaro, the Mustang now has available MagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers as part of a performance package. Chevrolet has had them available on the Camaro for awhile, but to get them on the Mustang in the past you’d need the GT350 performance variant.
Inside there are new options, but the one you’ll notice the most is the new instrument cluster. It’s all-new, and all-digital, bringing it into the modern age in feel and customization. We look forward to checking it out.
Check out our gallery below and let us know what you think of the newest version of America’s Pony Car.