Highest performance 2018 Ford Mustang GT developed in secret

Highest performance 2018 Ford Mustang GT developed in secret

Today, the company unveiled the Performance Pack Level 2, an upgrade on the upgrade which they said would "bridge the gap" between the first Performance Pack and the GT350, the most powerful version.

Just because Ford's 5.0-liter Ti-VCT Coyote V8 has been updated for 2018 with dual-injection and fancy new cylinder liners doesn't mean the Mustang's other engine option - the 2.3L EcoBoost I4 - deserves to be overlooked. Every upgrade from the standard Performance Pack has been carried over, so you get beefy Brembo brakes with adjusted ABS tuning, unique stability control tuning, a retuned steering rack, a k-brace, a larger radiator and a Torsen rear differential with 3:73 gearing. Ford says its Mustang development team started working on this new Performance Pack Level 2 offering on their own time - outside of work.

Visually, the Level 2 pack stands out from regular variants with black detailing on the splitter and spoiler and exclusive 10-spoke wheels.

"It will just beg you to go faster", said Cullen. There's a custom high-performance front splitter and rear spoiler, created to add more downforce into the corners, with black detailing, and exclusive ten-spoke alloys. The front springs are also 20 percent stiffer, and the rear springs are 13 percent stiffer.

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The facelifted Mustang is yet to arrive in the United Kingdom, but should the new performance pack become available, it'll likely be exclusive to the 5-litre GT specification mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as opposed to the ten-speed automatic.

The exterior appearance of the vehicle is really where we see the most differentiation from the factory Mustang EcoBoost convertible.

In any case, the pack will be available in North American showrooms in spring next year, and while prices haven't been confirmed, it's rumoured the Level 2 will be a $6,500 upgrade (an extra £5k). "The auto has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip", said Jaime Cullen, Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development. We'd expect it to be closer to $7,000 which would match the price of Chevrolet's 1LE upgrade package for the Camaro SS. Ford is now accepting orders for the Performance Pack Level 2, which will be available in North American Ford dealerships next spring.

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