Redesigned Mustang scores more power and gears

By: Spencer Leech, Unique Cars magazine

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We won’t see it till 2018

Redesigned Mustang scores more power and gears
Updated styling on the Mustang has scored a mixed reception.

The facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang has now been revealed, receiving mixed reactions from the public.

More angular and aggressive lines feature on the front of the car, with narrower headlights and a slightly more sloped bonnet that repositions the heat-extracting vents.

Since its reveal, critics have claimed the changes are a move away from the Mustang’s long-established design heritage.

However some of the work was in response to criticism the car needed more of a shark-nose aspect, like that of some of its historic predecessors. Who'd be a car designer?!

It’s not just aesthetics that have been updated for the 2018 Mustang, with an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission and a torque boost for both the 2.3-litre four-cylinder model and a power hike for the 5.0-litre V8.

Other external changes include a pair of redesigned LED taillights, a new rear bumper and a new twin-tip or quad-tip exhaust system for the EcoBoost and GT respectively. A new performance spoiler can also be added as an option.

On the inside, new materials have been used around the cabin and a 12-inch ‘customisable’ virtual dashboard has been fitted.   

In terms of suspension, both the four-pot and V8 models have been given retuned dampers, additional support at the rear, and revised anti-roll bars to improve steering response and handling.

Ford says that the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine will receive added torque, and the 5.0-litre V8 has been reworked to provide extra power and improved fuel economy.

The American brand hasn’t given any hint as to how much extra grunt we can expect, but we do know that the V8 will rev higher and feature increased compression ratio.

Likely the biggest update to the 2018 Ford Mustang, is the optional 10-speed automatic gearbox. The new tranny is said to offer faster shift times, better response and optimised gearing. Models equipped with the 10-speed will come with steering-wheel mounted shift paddles for manual gear changes.

Purists will be happy to know that the six-speed manual gearbox will remain available, but now features a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel which are said to help deal with the extra power.

On the tech side, Mustang has introduced autonomous braking with pedestrian detection, a lane departure warning system, driver alert and lane keeping assist for the new model. Ford’s latest SYNC connect system will also be onboard as standard; this will allow owners to start, locate, lock and unlock their car remotely.

Preview video (You Tube).

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