Ford Mustang may soon have Chevy Camaro 1LE-like performance pack

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Few automotive rivalries are as heated as the Ford Mustang and the Chevy Camaro. For decades, the two cars have faced off, constantly fighting tooth and nail for bragging rights and customer attention. Factory performance packs are nothing new, but the Camaro’s 1LE variants have garnered a lot of praise, more than the basic performance pack on the Ford Mustang. Now, Road & Track is reporting that an even more extensive performance pack may be in the works for the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang.

Road & Track compiled a list of evidence that points toward a more robust performance option. The current Mustang GT Performance Pack includes things like staggered wheels and tires, six-piston Brembo brakes, new front springs, a larger radiator, a limited-slip differential and more. The upgrades to the Camaro 1LE are roughly the same, but somehow Chevyseems to eek out more performance from its parts than Ford has with the Camaro, especially with a car like the ZL1 1LE (internal option codes are sexy).

A new Mustang was spotted wearing a new set of wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, some of the stickiest street tires available. There have also been some leaked order guides that hint at an even greater performance pack. Still, we’ve been burned by leaks before. There’s no comment from Ford on the matter, so we’ll have to wait for the Mustang to hit showrooms before we know any more.

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Howling Coyote: Ford Mustang, F-150 getting 700-hp supercharger

Mustang and F-150 owners: How does 640 to 700 horsepower sound? Watch this video.

Ford Performance and Roush announced at SEMA that they have developed a supercharger kit for the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine in the 2018 Mustang and F-150. For the Mustang, the setup is rated at 700 peak horsepower and 610 pound-feet of torque. That’s a boost of 240 hp over a stock Mustang GT, and an additional 190 pound-feet of torque — and it’s far above the Shelby ratings, too.

For the pickup, it’s 640 horsepower and 600 pound-feet — a boost of 245 horsepower and 200 pound-feet over stock.

The blower is designed to work with the 5.0-liter V8’s new port- and direct-injection fuel system. The kit comes with everything needed for installation, including custom performance calibration. It carries a 3-year, 36,000-mile warranty when installed by a Ford dealer or authorized technician. Better yet, it doesn’t void the vehicle warranty.

Boost pressure is 12 psi, and the setup requires 93 octane fuel.

“Ford and Roush have teamed up on performance for years on and off the track,” said Doug White, Ford’s global performance-parts manager. “This new supercharger is another great example of our innovation in performance, greatly improving horsepower and torque so people can enjoy two of our most iconic vehicles even more.”

The supercharger kit will be available in early 2018 through Ford dealers, Ford Performance Warehouse Distributors and Roush Performance dealers. Additional information can be found at the Ford Performance website.

Cost was not mentioned in Ford’s announcement, but by comparison a Ford Performance 670-horsepower supercharger kit for 2015-17 Mustangs lists for $7,100.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Ford Mustang GT gets new Level 2 Performance Pack

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While we’ve yet to drive the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang GT, news continues to sound more and more promising. Not only does it have more power than the outgoing model, it’s more fuel efficient than before. With the new 10-speed automatic and the GT Performance Pack, the Mustang is good for a sub-4 second 0-60 mph run, quicker than a comparable Chevy Camaro. Still, modern sports cars need to be able to go around turns as well as they do in a straight line. That’s why Ford has announced the GT Performance Pack Level 2. Turns out the rumors were true.

While the standard Performance pack helped the Mustang GT improve lap times, the upgrades were still outshined by the 1LE package available for the Camaro. In our first drive, the Mustang couldn’t quite match the Camaro on track. This Level 2 pack may change that. It comes with all the bits from the standard Performance Pack – 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 – plus a number of new parts that should help truly match the Chevy. It’s only available on cars with a manual transmission.

The most obvious visual difference is the slightly lower ride height thanks to MagneRide suspension. The front and rear stabilizer bars as well as the front and rear springs are all significantly stiffer than the standard performance pack. A new front splitter and rear spoiler help improve aero, giving the car more grip than before.

Arguably the biggest aid to improved grip are 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at all four corners. That super sticky rubber is wrapped around 19×10.5 wheels in the front and 19×11-inch wheels out back – 1.5 inches wider than the standard Performance pack wheels. Those are the same tires that come on the Shelby GT350R, Chevy Corvette Z06 and Mercedes-AMG GT R.

According to Ford, engineers working on the project did so on their own time before bringing their work to management. Parts like the front splitter from the old Boss 302 Laguna Seca were used in development. 3D printing was used to help with rapid prototyping.

No word on pricing has been announced, but expect it to be a significant step up from the $3,995 GT Performance Pack. For reference, the 1LE Performance Package is a $7,000 upgrade on a standard Camaro SS.

Autoblog’s 2018 Ford Mustang is on order — here’s the car you picked out

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Last month, we told you that Ford had offered to build Autoblog a Mustang and let us test-drive it for a month. We asked you to help us configure the car — and a lot of you eagerly cast your ballots.

The results were not entirely surprising. You chose a fastback instead of a convertible. You chose a GT Premium V8 over an EcoBoost turbo four. And you ran the table with an upgraded equipment package, Performance Package, and Magnaride suspension.

Two areas stood out:

Readers at first heavily favored the six-speed manual transmission, by 30 or 40 percentage points. That’s no surprise. But as voting went on, the new 10-speed automatic made a strong showing, ending just 8 percentage points behind the manual. (By the way, we made a point of not cluing you in to the running ballot totals, to keep the vote as honest as we could.) Even though the manual prevailed in the voting, we considered the surprisingly high level of reader curiosity regarding the automatic and decided to order that transmission. Like a lot of you, we’re curious about it too. Once we have the car, we hope to get an opportunity to test it against a Mustang GT that’s equipped with the stick.

But the closest race was for color. As you can see from the vote totals below, Orange Fury was the narrow winner, besting Magnetic Gray by just 18 votes. Kona Blue was a close third. Meanwhile, we got to see an Orange Fury Mustang at the Woodward Dream Cruise (video below), and a lot of you probably saw it there too. Seeing it in the flesh reassured us that it’s pretty great. So, orange it is.

In addition to the equipment we asked you about, we also added the $1,495 Safe & Smart Package. It includes adaptive cruise control, blind-spot information system, lane keeping, auto high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

MSRP for the car as ordered, including destination charges, is $51,470.

Thanks for taking part. We’ll let you know when the car arrives, and we’ll have lots of stories to come about our time with it.

[Source: Autoblog]

New 2018 Ford Mustang GT won’t wake the neighborhood

As much as we all love the sound of a burly V8 cracking and spitting to life after a cold start, not everyone in this world shares our sentiments. Even enthusiasts can be undone by a noisy car at the early hours of the morning. Ford has come up with a solution on the new 2018 Mustang GT. Its so-called “Good Neighbor Mode” allows owners to start their cars at a relatively sedate noise level. This should help prevent any noise complaint calls to local constabularies.

The optional mode works like any active exhaust system. When you select Quiet Mode or Quiet Start, a set of baffles in the exhaust system close, dropping the sound to about 72 decibels. Ford says that’s about 10 decibels less than the standard Mustang GT. A lot of cars offer similar systems, though the Mustang has a bit of a party trick: scheduled quiet hours. For example, an owner can set the exhaust to automatically switch to quiet mode from 9 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Switching to and scheduling Quiet Mode is just like changing to any of the other exhaust modes. Cars with the 4-inch screen can find the mode in the settings menu. Those that opt for the upgraded 12-inch digital instrument cluster find the setting in the pony menu. Once you’re out on the open road, you can simply switch it back to Sport mode like any blue-blooded American.

[Source: Autoblog]

Ford testing a Porsche 911 GT3 alongside the Shelby GT350

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The Shelby GT350 is a wonderful automobile. The 5.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 makes 526 horsepower and revs to high heaven thanks to a flat plane crank, making the GT350 feel like no other American car on the road. In the days of electrification and turbocharging, it’s a breath of fresh air. The GT350 debuted roughly two years ago, and since then the standard Ford Mustang has undergone a full refresh. We new have a few photos of the refreshed Shelby. These spy shots don’t reveal much about the car, but we can see Ford is benchmarking one hell of a competitor.

The track battle between a Shelby GT350 and a Porsche 911 GT3 would be something to behold. More importantly, the fact that Ford has a GT3 running around Dearborn shows that it’s serious about making the GT350 a real world-class driver’s car. Like the refreshed GT3, expect the GT350 to carry on with a naturally aspirated engine. Expect a slight bump in power, but the current car has plenty of grunt already. Expect the six-speed manual to carry over, but don’t rule out a 10-speed automatic or a version of the seven-speed dual clutch from the Ford GT.

It’s likely the design will carry some traits from the refreshed Mustang, including sharper headlights and taillights. Don’t look for any pony badging, as Shelby prefers a coiled cobra. This model doesn’t have a spoiler, meaning this could may be the regular model, not the GT350R. The later should get a tasteful wing and carbon fiber wheels. It looks like there’s an aggressive chin spoiler, too.

We don’t have any official word on the next GT350, but look for a full debut sometime as soon as the LA Auto Show in November.

[Source: Autoblog]

2018 Ford Mustang GT’s extra power costs extra cash

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Ford’s 2018 Mustang online configuration tool is live, and because of that we now know the new Mustang’s pricing. The four-cylinder EcoBoost is $610 cheaper than it was in 2017, and $500 more than the discontinued V6 model, with a total of $26,485. V8-powered GT models see significant price increases for the new year, up $1,900 to $35,995. Choosing the convertible body style on the new Mustang costs $5,500 more than a comparable 2018 coupe.

As mentioned yesterday, the extra cost of the 2018 Mustang does net some impressive performance gains. The EcoBoost Mustang’s torque figures rise by 30 pound-feet to 350, while the horsepower remains at 310. Both power and torque rise in the Mustang GT. Power is up to 460 horsepower, and torque is up to 420. The former figure is also greater than the Mustang’s long-time rival, the Camaro SS.

The 2018 Mustang will begin arriving at dealers this fall. In the meantime, you can spec out your dream Mustang using the Ford configuration tool.

[Source: Autoblog]