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2018 Ford Mustang: Everything You Need to Know (May 2017)

Last updated: May 9, 2017 10:54 am EDT

Debuting shortly after the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2018 Ford Mustang is a refresh of the car that was all new for the 2015 model year. There are some pretty big changes to the car, and here’s everything that we know about the new car. This is the part of our continuously-updated Everything You Need to Know series.

2018 Ford Mustang Horsepower

At this point, we don’t know how much horsepower the new Mustang is going to make. We do know that the company is dropping the base V6 engine and will only offer the 2.3L EcoBoost and the 5.0L Coyote V8 in the new car.

Ford has promised that the new 2.3L will make more torque, and that the 5.0L will have more power and torque. The updated 5.0L should be similar to that in the 2018 Ford F-150, and feature direct and port fuel injection.

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We suspect that the 2018 Ford Mustang GT will make 455 horsepower. Through a series of Tweets from a Ford spokesperson, we believe that an image from the instrument cluster in the press images indicates the power rating of the car. While we don’t know for certain, it’s not the first time an automotive OEM has put the answers to questions in plain site.

There is a chance, albeit a small one, that the upcoming Shelby GT500 would make 755 horsepower. We consider it speculation at this point, but the number would make sense given the competition’s horsepower ratings.

2018 Ford Mustang Exterior

Most of the changes to the 2018 Mustang come from cosmetic exterior changes. There’s a new front-end with standard LED headlights. Some people have described the new Mustang’s front nose as being sad, while others claim it looks a bit like the Jaguar XK.

Out back, the LED sequential tail lights are curved. There’s also a new rear wing option.

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2018 Ford Mustang Exterior Photos

2018 Ford Mustang Interior

The interior gets a slight revision for the 2018 model year. The biggest change that you’ll notice is in the driver’s seat looking at the instrument cluster. For the first time in the Mustang, the display is all digital and customizable.

2018 Ford Mustang Interior Photos

2018 Ford Mustang Performance

While there isn’t much known yet about the overall performance of the new car, expect it to be better than the outgoing car. We’re expecting more power and torque from the various engines, so that’ll improve the oomph of the car.

Also, new for 2018, the 6-speed automatic is replaced with Ford’s new 10-speed unit. A 6-speed manual transmission is still available.

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New for 2018 also includes MagneRide magnetorheological ride control dampers. These are continuously-controlled units. They’re popular on Ferrari and GM cars, and are also on the Shelby GT350 and GT350 R models. This’ll greatly improve ride quality and handling, bringing it up to parity with the Chevrolet Camaro.

2018 Ford Mustang Price

Pricing won’t be announced until closer to the on-sale date later this year. While we expect there to be a slight increase to accommodate for some of the new features, we don’t expect anything significant.

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About Chad Kirchner

Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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