The numbers suggest the 2018 Mustang GT could be even quicker than the Shelby GT350.
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT will rocket to 100 kilometres per hour in “less than four seconds,” according to a new announcement from Ford. While the Blue Oval won’t say exactly how much less, this figure potentially means that the refreshed GT will potentially be quicker to 96 km/h than the 2018 Shelby GT350.
The 2018 GT’s revised 5.0-litre will pump out 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, a boost over 435 hp and 400 lb-ft from the current model. The updated engine features both high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. In addition, the compression ratio increases from 11:1 to 12:1.
To hit 100 km/h so quickly, drivers will need to put the 2018 Mustang GT’s 10-speed automatic gearbox in Drag Strip mode and have the Performance Pack’s custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires.
“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer, said in Ford’s announcement. “In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission.”
Ford generally doesn’t publish acceleration times for its models, but third-party instrumented tests from Car and Driver and Motor Trend indicate that the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang reaches 97 km/h in 4.3 seconds and 4.1 seconds, respectively. Judging by these figures, the 2018 Mustang GT in Drag Strip Mode is even quicker than the more-powerful range topper in the lineup. Ford doesn’t have mechanical upgrades for the 2018 GT350, either.
Buyers of the EcoBoost Mustang get an extra boost of torque, too. The 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder continues to make 310 horsepower but now produces 350 lb-ft, versus 320 lb-ft currently. In Drag Strip mode with the Performance Package and the 10-speed automatic, the turbocharged model gets to 100 km/h in under five seconds.
Ford will launch the configurator for the 2018 Mustang on July 25, and the models will arrive at dealers this fall.