Ford has just updated its popular Mustang for the 2018 model year. What does this mean exactly? Well the 5.0-litre V8 in the range-topping GT model now muscles out 343kW (an increase of 37kW) and 569Nm (an increase of nearly 40Nm) courtesy dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection technology.
The four-cylinder 2.3-EcoBoost motor has also been retuned to deliver an extra 45Nm, taking peak twist up to a very healthy 475Nm. Both cars now sport an all-new 10-speed automatic gearbox that – thanks to something called Drag Strip mode – help improve their 0-100km/h sprint times. What the hell is Drag Strip mode? Mustang Chief Engineer, Carl Widmann, explains:
“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time. 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.”
Indeed, when equipped with said transmission the GT model will, according to Ford, hit 100km/h in under four seconds. You’re looking at less than five seconds in the case of the lesser EcoBoost. All of which means that Cars & Coffee meets just got a whole lot more dangerous. – Thomas Falkiner