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2018 Ford Mustang: Top 10 things you need to know

As you know, the revised 2018 Ford Mustang and Mustang Convertible were unveiled earlier this month as the most advanced Mustangs yet. This is a pretty significant mid-cycle update, so here are the top 10 things you need to know about the new Mustang:

  • 1. No more V6! The standard engine will now be a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder using Ford’s overboost technology for improved performance. Output has yet to be specified, though. 
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  • 2. Extensively reworked, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s 5.0L V8 is more powerful and revs higher, plus its engine note can be adjusted via the all-new active valve exhaust system (optional). Once again, output has yet to be specified.
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  • 3. The standard manual transmission has been upgraded for optimal torque, but the biggest news here is the available 10-speed automatic that’s said to improve responsiveness and performance from the old 6-speed unit. It also comes with paddle shifters.
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  • 4. Expect better ride and handling in all situations thanks to a stiffer rear suspension and new shock absorbers on all models. MagneRide damper technology also makes its debut as part of the Performance Package.
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  • 5. Exterior changes make the 2018 Ford Mustang look both leaner and meaner (lower, remodeled hood and grille, new position for hood vents, refined aerodynamics). Also, for the first time the entire Mustang range will feature all-LED front lights. In the rear, you’ll notice the revised LED taillights, new rear bumper, and new available performance spoiler.
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  • 6. The 2018 Ford Mustang offers more customization options than before, starting with three new paint colours (including signature Orange Fury) and 12 distinct wheel choices.
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  • 7. Improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel characterize the new cockpit. In particular, the restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and colour choices, while the instrument panel sports an updated Mustang badge and is available with a customizable 12” LCD panel featuring Normal, Sport, and Track modes.
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  • 8. The 2018 Ford Mustang will also be the safest ever with available technologies like Pre-Collision Assist with pedestrian detection, distance alert, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and a Driver Alert System.
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  • 9. Both the 2018 Ford Mustang and Mustang Convertible will go on sale in the fall of 2017. Pricing will be announced closer to launch date.
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  • 10. Performance enthusiasts, take note: The Mustang Shelby GT350 will return for 2018 as a carryover from 2017, except for some new paint options. However, look for a completely new Shelby GT500 to follow in 2018 as a 2019 model.