The cars are apparently an endangered race at the Ford Motor Company, with one exception: the Mustang. Although domestic sales of the model have declined since the launch of the current generation for the 50th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the expansion of its global availability has kept the overall numbers high enough to justify its continued existence. Also, as President Bill Ford likes to say, Mustang is the heart and soul of the company. For the 2018 model year, the car received a lightweight visual upgrade, plus the addition of a Level 2 GT performance package. By 2014, reactions to the new look were positive, although some observers found the changes too light. Ford's design team tried to remedy this by adding more aggressiveness.
The front edge of the hood is now a bit lower and the headlights are thinner, with sharper limits around. The striking triple bars of the lights were tilted to mirror the same effect applied to the rear. The revised contour of the lower front panel with steep lines creates a visual impression more like an arrow than with a sledgehammer. The hood has also been redesigned with a wider power dome area and vents that extend more horizontally through the car covers.
The 3.7-liter V6 base was dropped this year, leaving only the 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo and the 5-liter V8 in conventional Mustangs. The Coyote V8, like many of Ford's engines, has received some updates, which include a dual fuel delivery system that features direct injection and port. Thanks in part to the load-cooling effect of the new injection system, the compression ratio was raised from 11.0: 1 to 12.0: 1, increasing the torque peak. The V8 now produces 460 hp and 625 kg / m of torque, increases by 25 hp and 30 kg / m compared to the 2017 edition. A 10-speed automatic transmission is now available on both engines.
The performance package is always a gain and elevates the GT to the level of the previous generation limited edition, the Boss 302. This year Ford added a Level 2 Performance System (PPL2) to create an even more focused Mustang on the track , which divides the gap between existing level 1 and the Shelby GT350. Visually, the PPL2 is separated by a particularly aggressive front splitter that adds 11 pounds of downforce and features a more aggressive combination of wheel and tire that would fit inside the body of a Mustang with 19-inch alloy wheels and two 305- 30R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup. Even if Ford has always offered specific summer tires for the model, these are the most extreme tires ever made available. They feature only the minimum of lateral grooves of the floor with the outer half being almost a stain. It is not recommended, however, to drive with Cup 2 tires in wet conditions.
Another novelty for 2018 is the availability of MagneRide dampers that are optional on level 1 and standard on PPL2. These continuously variable buffers are an incredible addition to any performance car and are worth the optional price of $ 1,695. New still is the performance of the active exhaust valve, which allows you to switch between normal, quiet, sport and track modes. There is nothing like the visceral thrill of hearing the roar of a large V8 engine. Of course your neighbors may not appreciate it, and for this there is the ability to program the car to start quietly during certain periods, such as when you are ready to leave for work in the morning. Ford holds a controlling stake in Argo, which is developing the automated drive production system to be launched by the automaker in 2021.
This Mustang is the exact opposite of the wizard model limited to conventional cruise control and blind spot monitoring. PPL2 is not even available with automatic transmission. The wonderful Recaro seats have a front-to-back position and seat-back angle adjustments - they fit the body. The driver can order the ideal seats for your body size and configuration. They turn any long trip into something comfortable, keeping the driver refreshed, alert and painless - it's clear that sophisticated dampers play a key role in a quiet way. Despite the larger tires and stiffer springs, the car performs well, even on the most precarious roads. Accelerating steady a V8 sounds absolutely heady on winding roads, and now, with the engine changes, the model can reach 7,400 rpm.
Wherever you fall into the discussions between the pros and cons of Mustang versus Camaro, one thing is certain: Mustang is a more flexible car. Camaros can be a little faster - on the right track, with certain settings. However, the Mustang provide much better visibility. As for accessibility, Mustangs are not as accessible as they used to be. The end of the V6 means that the Mustang now starts at almost $ 26,000. The Royal Crimson model comes in at $ 45,785. A GT350 adds another $ 11,000 to the final price. In a world of $ 100,000 Corvettes and $ 200,000 Acuras, this is not so terrible, but it is unlikely that Americans will be able to get a V8 Mustang right after they graduate from college, as it was in 1990 So a basic EcoBoost today is faster than a 5.0 LX. With any engine, the latest Mustang is definitely a car that anyone would want to have.
Ford Mustang: original spirit adapted to the present
The presentation of the sixth generation was held simultaneously in six cities around the world: Dearborn, New York, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Shanghai and Sydney. Available in a wide range of colors, the 2017 Ford Mustang evokes the character of this iconic model with contemporary design and classic elements. Together, features such as the elongated hood and the rear trim. This generation of the American sports car is available in the Mustang Coupé and Mustang Convertible versions . Both variants have a low roof height with a sharp body line. The front of the set features the iconic trapezoidal grille shaped like a shark mouth.
V8 and EcoBoost engines for the new Mustang
The mechanical range available in the Ford Mustang consists of two thrusters. The EcoBoost range of engines makes its entry into the Mustang range with a 2.3-liter engine. This EcoBoost engine of the Ford Mustang offers a maximum power of 290hp and 440 Nm of torque.In addition, the Mustang EcoBoost incorporates cutting- edge technologies such as direct fuel injection or dual variable distribution. This is the first engine that incorporates a low inertia turbo with double entry, able to offer a faster response making possible smaller emissions.