More muscle for 2018 Ford Mustang GT

Posted on Jul 25, 2017 by

updates the Mustang GT pony car with 25 extra horsepower for a total of 460bhp, and a claimed 0-100km/h time in the low four-second range…

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Ever since Ford launched the iconic Mustang nameplate in 1964 the pony car has been a thorn in ’s side. When Chevy retaliated in 1967 with the Camaro — “A small, vicious creature that eats mustangs,” as the promo material went… — an lasting rivalry began that still brews hot today.

For 2018 Ford was forced to update its Mustang GT home-run (150,000 sold last year making it the world’s best selling sportscar, more than Porsche 911s or Mazda MX-5s) with more power just to stay ahead of the Camaro in the acceleration stakes. Engineers extracted an extra 35 horsepower form the GT’s 5.0-litre V8 to reach a 460bhp total, and added a Drag Strip driving mode to get the best out of the 10-speed automatic transmission and Michelin Pilot Sport tyres.

In this combination the 2018 Mustang GT can hit 100km/h from rest in 4.0 seconds, claims Ford. In fact, to be specific the Blue Oval quotes a four-second run to 60 miles an hour, which is 96km/h if we’re being exact.

Torque, too, increases from the current 543Nm to 570Nm in the 2018 model. Ford seems particularly eager to point out that the Mustang GT is not only outselling the Porsche 911, but that it can now also outrun it in a sprint, which is actually true all the way up to a 911 4S that needs 4.2 seconds unless you spec it up with costly performance options.

What’s more important of course for Mustang fans, is that the 2018 GT is also five horsepower stronger than the 455bhp 6.2-litre V8 Camaro SS, meaning it’ll pip its rival from 0-100km/h by just one-tenth of a second.

Of course you always have to remember the eternal wisdom of the silver screen: “It doesn’t matter if you win by an inch or a mile…”

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