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The New Mustang's ‘Pony Package’ Lets You Wreck Out Of Cars And Coffee In Style





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Have you ever felt the need to add some pizzazz to your car on its way to wreck out of Cars and Coffee, even if that style will get all bent up sooner or later? Do you ever wish your Mustang had that little extra style element to denote that it is, in fact, the crash missile in the group? Then the updated Pony Package is for you!

Ford announced that the pony on the grille is “going back into the corral” for newly revised 2018 four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustangs with the package, which sounds like a good idea for all Mustangs—a physical corral, that is. Not just on the grille.
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The Pony Package will also have a few other unique style characteristics, like bright window trim on the fastback, side stripes, a pony badge on the rear decklid, floor mats embroidered with a pony and 19-inch polished aluminum wheels. Lots of ponies to wreck here, folks!
In all honesty, the package looks great. The headlights are, as usual, a bit droopy, but that’s probably just in anticipation of a potential Cars and Coffee visit. Here are a couple more photos of the package in the Mustang’s unnatural environment, which consists of it being un-wrecked and intact:
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Ford Offers Mustang-Colored Ice Cream So Drivers Can Eat Something Faster Than The Nearest Curb





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Since summer is hot, just like your brakes while trying to stop a Mustang from fast approaching the nearest curb, there’s now an ice cream to match the color of the car. But it isn’t just cool looking. It has a very practical function: allowing you to tell everyone that, yes, you did eat something other than a wall today.
(We don’t know why Mustangs attract a certain type of driver, they just do.)


But you’re going to have to get a special type of Mustang if you want to opt out of the jokes, because the ice cream only comes in one color: Orange Fury, which was announced as a Mustang color around January. The Detroit Free Press reports that Ford teamed up with the company Coolhaus to make the new flavor, and it comes in an ice-cream sandwich between two vanilla—like America’s car tastes—wafers and an edible Mustang-themed wrapper. Cool!



The sandwich’s big debut will be on Friday, according to the Free Press, and it’ll be free through Sunday at certain places in Los Angeles and New York City. Just look for the Mustang decals—on the ice-cream trucks and not on street cars, for your own good—and walk on up.



We hear coffee and ice cream go great together this time of year.
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Power Play: 2018 Ford Mustang GT Gets 25-HP Bump, EcoBoost Has More Torque


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Ford has thrown another blow at Chevy in the never-ending Mustang versus Camaro war. The Blue Oval has finally shared engine specs on the refreshed 2018 Mustang lineup, and we’d say it’s definitely not a coincidence that the Stang’s updated 5.0-liter V-8’s new output of 460 horsepower (25 more than before) beats the Chevrolet Camaro SS’s 6.2-liter V-8 by 5 horsepower. The EcoBoost Mustang—now the only other engine choice with the base V-6 gone to pasture—also gets an update, resulting in an additional 30 lb-ft of torque, although horsepower remains unchanged at 310.
The 2018 Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 gets its extra power and an additional 20 lb-ft of torque (for a total of 420 lb-ft, 35 less than the Camaro SS) from myriad updates including a fuel-delivery system that employs both direct and port injection, a higher redline, and a new variable exhaust. A six-speed manual is still available, but the big story is the addition of a 10-speed automatic transmission—co-developed with General Motors, incidentally—that is said to improve acceleration considerably.



Ford claims that the 2018 Mustang GT with this automatic will run to 60 mph in less than four seconds, which would be a fairly significant drop from the quickest time we’ve measured in a Mustang GT so far, a manual example that hit the milestone in 4.3 seconds. Ford is certainly chasing after Chevy here, too; we measured a Camaro SS automatic hitting 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.
The 2018 Mustang EcoBoost, with its turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-four that now makes 310 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, also is offered with the new 10-speed. Ford says the torquier engine and quicker-shifting automatic will get the turbo Stang to 60 mph in less than five seconds; we tested an EcoBoost automatic at 5.2 seconds a few years back. (And a 335-hp Camaro V-6 ran to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds in our testing.)



Ford also is adding a new driving mode called Drag Strip. We don’t have many details yet, but this mode is said to enhance off-the-line performance and to minimize the loss of engine torque between shifts. The new mode is available with automatic and manual transmissions alike.
Pricing for the 2018 Mustang goes live tomorrow, as Ford launches the build-your-own site in advance of the updated Stang going on sale in October. We look forward to testing Ford’s performance claims as soon as we get our hands on the updated Mustang and take it to the track.
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Ford Adds 'Good Neighbor Mode' to 2018 Mustang GT

The beautiful growl of a 5.0L V8 Engine can be muted with a button press to keep your neighbors from calling the police.




Convincing consumers to invest in a brand new performance car means ticking all the expected feature boxes. The car needs to look fast and powerful, it needs to be extremely fast and responsive when driven, and it needs a sound that turns heads and lets everyone know you're coming from miles away.
As CNN Money reports, it's that last part causing a problem for performance car owners. Steve Von Foerster, head of Ford's user experience team, discovered that when he fired up his Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 one morning. A neighbor called the police due to the noise, but Van Foerster didn't get upset with his neighbor. Instead, he decided to solve the problem.







The solution is a Quiet Start option for Ford's performance cars, also known as Good Neighbor Mode. The first to offer it is the 2018 Mustang GT, which uses a 5.0L V8 engine and has a satisfyingly noisy exhaust. That is, until you enable Quiet Start using a menu in the car's dash. It mutes the exhaust sound, allowing you to pull up at home or drive away without disturbing the neighbors.







Offering drivers a choice without sacrificing performance should go down well with potential Mustang GT owners. What's also nice is the ability to schedule when the Quiet Start is active. That way, you don't need to remember to enable it every morning when you leave home, or return from work, or the track, or whatever excuse you used to take the Mustang out again.
Anyone considering purchasing a 2018 Mustang GT needs to save at least $35,095 for the GT Fastback, or $39,095 for the GT Premium Fastback. But of course, there will always going to be those extras your want that takes the price up substantially.
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2018 Ford Mustang GT window sticker reveals 10-speed auto’s gas mileage gains




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More details on the 2018 Ford Mustang have emerged ahead of the car’s arrival in showrooms later this fall.
The latest tidbit comes by way of a window sticker for the 2018 Mustang GT equipped with an available 10-speed auto.
First discovered by Mustang 6G, the window sticker reveals a slight improvement in EPA-rated fuel economy to 16 mpg city, 25 highway and 19 combined. This compares with the 15 mpg city, 25 highway and 18 combined rating scored by the 2017 Mustang GT equipped with a 6-speed auto.

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Sure, the improvement is nothing to write home about but don’t forget that performance is also up. The car’s 5.0-liter V-8 now delivers 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, up 25 hp and 20 lb-ft, and with the 10-speed auto it will deliver 0-60 mph acceleration in under 4.0 seconds.
You can already configure a 2018 Mustang GT on Ford’s website. The starting price is $35,995 for the coupe and $45,495 for the convertible. That represents a $1,900 increase over the previous year.
The 2018 model year sees the sixth-generation Mustang receive the most significant updates since the car was introduced for 2015. Notable changes include revised styling, the elimination of the V-6 option and the aforementioned 10-speed auto. Interestingly, there haven’t been any changes for the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R models. In fact, the track-focused cars even skip the revised styling. There could, however, be a new Mustang Shelby GT500 introduced. Stay tuned.
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Ford may be prepping a hotter performance package for the Mustang GT



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It looks like Ford may be preparing a one-two punch on the Chevrolet Camaro. After it announced the 2018 Mustang GT would arrive with 460 horsepower from the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine—not so coincidentally 5 hp greater than the output of the Camaro SS—now Ford might tackle the Camaro SS 1LE given mounting evidence pointing to a new performance package.
Various postings to the Mustang6G forum point to what documents call the Performance Package Level 2, which will likely build upon the Mustang GT's previously announced Performance Pack. It appears that the new package includes a stiffer suspension, larger Brembo brakes, a bigger radiator, 19-inch wheels, and more. The documents don't describe the Level 2 package in detail, but various order guides allude to the package multiple times and reference a late availability following the 2018 Mustang GT's launch.
Last November, a Mustang6G forum user who claimed to be a Ford dealership employee, first noted the Level 2 package. To his or her credit, Ford has confirmed every other option posted other than the Level 2 package. Then, an ordering guide said a set of 19-inch wheels will be offered with the "GT Performance Package Level 2." Finally, a third ordering guide referenced the same 19-inch wheels and described availability for non-Premium Package Mustang GT Fastbacks. However, it didn't mention the Level 2 package specifically.
We doubt the inclusion of the Performance Package Level 2 in numerous documents is simply a coincidence, but we'll have to wait and see what the Mustang team is cooking. If it's true, Camaro SS 1LE drivers may need to watch their backs.
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It looks like Ford may be preparing a one-two punch on the Chevrolet Camaro. After it announced the 2018 Mustang GT would arrive with 460 horsepower from the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 engine—not so coincidentally 5 hp greater than the output of the Camaro SS—now Ford might tackle the Camaro SS 1LE given mounting evidence pointing to a new performance package.
Various postings to the Mustang6G forum point to what documents call the Performance Package Level 2, which will likely build upon the Mustang GT's previously announced Performance Pack. It appears that the new package includes a stiffer suspension, larger Brembo brakes, a bigger radiator, 19-inch wheels, and more. The documents don't describe the Level 2 package in detail, but various order guides allude to the package multiple times and reference a late availability following the 2018 Mustang GT's launch.
Last November, a Mustang6G forum user who claimed to be a Ford dealership employee, first noted the Level 2 package. To his or her credit, Ford has confirmed every other option posted other than the Level 2 package. Then, an ordering guide said a set of 19-inch wheels will be offered with the "GT Performance Package Level 2." Finally, a third ordering guide referenced the same 19-inch wheels and described availability for non-Premium Package Mustang GT Fastbacks. However, it didn't mention the Level 2 package specifically.
We doubt the inclusion of the Performance Package Level 2 in numerous documents is simply a coincidence, but we'll have to wait and see what the Mustang team is cooking. If it's true, Camaro SS 1LE drivers may need to watch their backs.
Which will probably consist of nothing more than stiffer springs and pilot super sport tires.
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What's Ford Cookin' With These Mustang Prototypes?




Automakers regularly test a variety of vehicles on the open road. Sometimes its easy to tell what they're working on – at other times, less so.

These latest spy shots, snapped by eagle-eyed reader Brett Borgard, show a motorcade of Ford Mustangs testing in the high altitudes of Colorado. The manufacturer plates tell us who's running them. But just what are they testing, exactly?

There's three of them to be seen, all ostensibly of the newly updated 2018 model (judging primarily from their auxiliary front LED lighting strips): one in white, one all murdered out in black, and another in a dark shade of burgundy that looks like Ford's Royal Crimson option.

While the burgundy and black examples give us little to go on – especially viewed from the front – the white Mustang GT is seen sporting a pair of extended exhaust tips protruding out from under the bumper, and labels reading “Caution: Fuel Drain.”

The trio could be testing for emissions or trying out some new equipment. Only a few engineers and product planners in Dearborn likely know for sure. But you can bet they've got some new versions of the pony car in the works.

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Roush teases its 2018 Mustang


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The 2018 Ford Mustang is almost ready for showrooms, but some of the big name tuners have already had their hands on the cars for a while. This means there’ll likely be an assortment of upgrades launching alongside the car.
One of the tuners with early access to the updated Mustang is Roush which has released a teaser shot of its own 2018 Mustang. The development is almost complete, with the 2018 SEMA show in early November the likely venue for the debut.
The number “2” in the grille indicates that we’re looking at a Roush Stage 2 (RS2) package designed for the Mustang GT. The current RS2 package includes a number of visual tweaks as well as some aero and suspension upgrades.
Roush hasn’t dropped any details yet but it’s a safe bet that there will also be more power available from the company’s supercharger packages. The company’s supercharger packages for the current Mustang GT are already delivering in excess of 700 horsepower. It will be interesting to see what the new packages will do, considering the improved performance of the stock 5.0-liter V-8 in the 2018 Mustang GT.
With the impending arrival of the 2018 Mustang in showrooms, we should also be hearing soon from other top Mustang tuners such as Hennessey and Saleen. Stay tuned.
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2018 Ford Mustang GT gets custom Michelin summer tire option










Mustang GT buyers will soon have a new summer tire option.

Winter may be just around the corner, but Ford is already looking ahead to next year's driving season with the announcement of a newly available high-performance summer tire for its 2018 Mustang GT.


Ford announced on Tuesday that its 2018 Mustang GT will soon be available with a custom Michelin Pilot Sport 4S high-performance summer tire. Ford and Michelin engineers say they used learnings from Ford's GT and Shelby GT350 programs to design the custom tire for the Mustang GT.

"We took everything we learned at the track, including feedback from professional drivers, to create a tire custom-tuned for Mustang GT," said Gary Swingle, Michelin tire engineer.

On the 2018 Mustang GT, the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires will measure 275/40-19on the rear and 255/40-19 on the front. Ford says the grippy rubber helps propel the Mustang GT from 0-60 in under four seconds, while also providing optimal traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

Ford has not announced pricing for the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tire option, but buyers will be able to specify them for their 2018 Mustang GT beginning this fall.
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