Ford has released details on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT, due to go on sale in Australia & New Zealand mid-way through 2018. The claim is that the Mustang will do a 0 – 100 K’s in about 4-seconds, which in reality is quick by anyone’s standards.
The previous best time from the current GT is around 5-seconds, Ford are saying that the next Mustang will have a “dragstrip mode” but news reports are still unclear if this mode will be available in New Zealand.
Assisting the 2018 Mustang GT to achieve a 4-second time is more power from its 5.0L V8, which increases to 343kW from 306kW. It will come with the new 10-speed automatic transmission that we talked about in a news article back in October 2012, that was a shared development between Ford and General Motors.
This Mustang GT is reported to have a number of driver modes. In the “dragstrip mode”, the engine torque doesn’t drop when shifting gears. The 10-speed transmission maintains peak engine torque and power the whole time. The other drive modes available in the new Mustang will be the regular, sport, track, and snow/wet settings.
Ford isn’t just saving the performance improvements just for the 5.0L V8 Mustang GT but the 4-cylinder EcoBoost version also gets an increase in torque over the current model and its power output is rated at 233kW.
This translates to a 5-second 0 - 100Km time and that’s not too shabby for a 4-cylinder Mustang.