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Ford introduce the new Mustang this week with the help of its “ambassador of service,” Dwayne The Rock Johnson.
“A host of improvements including new technology and design changes give owners ways to customize Mustang to their preferences, even better performance from more powerful engines and new MagneRide suspension technology,” according to a Ford news release. “Customers have more ways than ever to personalize Mustang to make it their own, with three new paint colors, 12 distinct wheel choices and a customizable digital instrument cluster.
Under the Hood
On all 2018 Mustang models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling, according to Ford.
MagneRide damper technology is a new option with the Mustang Performance Package to optimize ride and handling in all situations.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine offers “outstanding performance advantages” versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6, according to Ford. Torque is increased for wide-open throttle acceleration using the car company’s transient overboost technology uniquely calibrated for Mustang.
Ford’s 5-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked. It is more powerful and revs higher than any Mustang GT before. This power increase was achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency, according to Ford.
The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation, according to Ford.
A new 10-speed automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance.
Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses, according to Ford. The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control.
Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more athletic, according to Ford. It includes a lower, remodeled hood and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents.
For the first time, the entire Mustang line will feature all-LED front lights, including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and available fog lamps.
The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler.
The dual-tip exhaust is standard for the EcoBoost Mustang, while V8-powered Mustang GT gets a standard quad-tip exhaust.
The new Mustang comes available with a dozen alloy wheel designs and exterior color choices, including the new signature Orange Fury.
Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit, according to Ford. The center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum.
Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and there’s a new key fob design. A heated steering wheel is optional.
The Mustang will feature Ford’s first 12-inch all-digital LCD screen in the dashboard. The new customizable instrument cluster can be easily personalized, offering three separate views. Customers can personalize the displays for normal, sport and track mode. All-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences.
The new Mustang is so customizable that even its engine note can be adjusted. Delivering an audible experience like never before, an all-new active valve exhaust system is optional on Mustang GT, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range.
For the first time, Mustang benefits from a vast array of Ford driver-assist technology. New features include Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist and Driver Alert System, according to Ford.
Ford SYNC Connect with FordPass is available on Mustang for the first time. When using the FordPass app for smartphones, drivers can start, lock, unlock and locate their car.
Like a Rock
Ford tapped Dwayne The Rock Johnson to reveal the new Mustang to the world in classy fashion. The Rock was on hand to give one of the first models available to a member of the military. A video of the debut was launched on Johnson’s social channels, including Youtube (see the video above), Instagram and Facebook, where Mustang holds the title for the most-popular car with more than 8.4 million likes, according to Ford.
The new Mustang goes on sale in North America this fall.