Ford’s tweaked Mustang gets all the new tech and a 10-speed auto added to the coupé, as well as a crisp new look for both the coupé and convertible models

The 2018 Ford Mustang will be faster and more economical when it arrives in Britain next year with the addition of a new 10-speed automatic gearbox.

Available in both coupé and convertible forms, the car's new gearbox is claimed to improve shift times over its predecessor, as well as offering different settings for the three drive modes. It’s controllable with paddle-shifters, too.

New Ford Mustang revealed at Frankfurt Motor Show 2017 

The car will produce more power from its 5.0-litre V8 engine and there could also be gains for the 2.3-litre Ecoboost version, if the 'to be determined' power outputs on a leaked US specs list (see gallery - from the Mustang6g forum) are anything to go by. The current 2.3-litre model has 312bhp and the V8 has 410bhp.

Ford also claims that better fuel economy is achieved. Tweaks to the clutch of the V8’s six-speed manual gearbox increase torque, too.

In addition to tweaked front and rear styling – which Ford claims offer aerodynamic benefits - new, all-LED headlight units and three new paint colours, the Mustang gets a digital display to replace the traditional dials of the outgoing model. Ford showed the same function in the GT supercar earlier this year, with a similar level of personalisation features on the Mustang.

Under the skin, Ford has upgraded the shock absorbers, claiming an improvement in ride quality, and has also fitted a new cross-axis joint and tweaked the stabiliser bars. All of these, Ford claims, improve handling. Buyers who pick the Mustang Performance Package will now benefit from Ford’s Magneride adaptive dampers, too. Exhaust note can be modified by adding the active valve exhaust option.

After the outgoing Mustang achieved a dire two-star Euro NCAP rating, Ford is now including pre-collision systems and pedestrian detection on the Mustang. Standard kit now also includes a memory function on the car’s computer system, which saves your preferred drive settings, such as tweaks made to the steering and suspension.

Ford has also extended its Fordpass smartphone app to be compatible on the Mustang, so owners can unlock, lock, find and start their Mustang with their phone.

Specifications for the facelifted Mustang will be revealed this autumn and the first cars will arrive in the UK at the beginning of 2018. Expect a small increase in price; entry-level cars will likely top £32,000. 

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17 January 2017
Porsche have been stretching squashing flattening pulling widening shorting squeezing for decades the same bar of soap. Suppose Mustang had to follow. But it will never be a Porsche will it

what's life without imagination

17 January 2017
5wheels wrote:

Porsche have been stretching squashing flattening pulling widening shorting squeezing for decades the same bar of soap. Suppose Mustang had to follow. But it will never be a Porsche will it

Then again, its 90% of a Porsche, at 50% or less of the cost.

18 January 2017
It's funny how people who obviously do not have Porsche money derides a car they certainly can't buy by comparing them to Porsche?? Lol

18 January 2017
5wheels wrote:

Porsche have been stretching squashing flattening pulling widening shorting squeezing for decades the same bar of soap. Suppose Mustang had to follow. But it will never be a Porsche will it

It's funny how people who obviously do not have Porsche money derides a car they certainly can't afford by comparing them to Porsche?? Lol

17 January 2017
Clutch tweaks increase the torque. Yes, of course they do.

18 January 2017
eseaton wrote:

Clutch tweaks increase the torque. Yes, of course they do.

Depends what they mean I suppose, maybe the previous clutch and gearbox combination couldn't handle the torque and as such it was dialled down for longevity, but the new clutch and gearbox allow the torque the engine produces so with the new clutch there is more torque? Clutching at straws?

TS7

21 January 2017
... are lost through every component in the drivetrain.

17 January 2017
5 uses of the word 'claim' in a short article. What isn't a claim unless independently verified by a certified body? Totally pointless pseudo-scepticism. May as well say that Ford claims it has 8 cylinders.

22 January 2017
What's up...

with the trend of creating sharply-drooped car noses? The original A5 was a creative, balanced work of art, now into its 2nd gen - it has become a disproportionate car.

Now the current-gen Mustang follows suit from what was once a handsome outgoing-gen pony car.

Look at those cars from a styling perspective and you will see why.

de_design2  l  Exclusively Bespoke®

8 May 2017
DdWorks wrote:

What's up...

with the trend of creating sharply-drooped car noses? The original A5 was a creative, balanced work of art, now into its 2nd gen - it has become a disproportionate car.

Now the current-gen Mustang follows suit from what was once a handsome outgoing-gen pony car.

Look at those cars from a styling perspective and you will see why.

Agreed.

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