Ford introduced the new 2018 Ford Mustang this week. It came as a bit of a surprise, since the North American International Auto Show was last week and was when most automakers introduced new cars. A new Mustang is a new Mustang, though. Ford doesn’t need an auto show to unveil something so coveted by American drivers.
“The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” Ford president of the Americas Joe Hinrichs said “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.”
Surprisingly, the 2018 Mustang ditches the V6 engine, though the V8 is still an option at the high-end.
In place of the V6, Ford is using a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which it says “continues to offer outstanding performance advantages versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6.”
Something tells me fans are still going to miss the V6, but this is yet another sign of the times, especially as engine technology advances at a rapid pace. There’s still enough room for the feeling of muscle under the hood, too. Ford said the new “transient overboost technology uniquely calibrate for Mustang” increase the the torque enough for “wide-open throttle acceleration.” Sounds like you’ll still beat more than a few people when the light turns green.
2018 Ford Mustang coming this fall
If you need extra power, Ford is still going to introduce a V8 model that will be sold alongside the Ecoboost option. Both will also be available with 10-speed automatic transmissions or manual options. “The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque,” Ford said. “For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.”
Hit the source for a bit of additional information, including what you’ll find inside the new cabin — plenty of new tech like CarPlay support, a customizable dash and more. The 2018 Ford Mustang is due to hit the market this fall.