Will the 2018 Ford Mustang be a Meaner Car?

The 2018 Ford Mustang will receive a bevy of changes throughout. Mechanical, technological and exterior changes are slated – significantly updating the (recently updated) Mustang. Many of these changes appear to be in response to the new Chevrolet Camaro and its performance edge over the current Ford Mustang. Recently, our professional racing driver (Paul) took a Ford Mustang GT and a Chevrolet Camaro SS around our performance track and we were stunned by the results; the Ford Mustang GT was over 4-seconds slower. To be fair, the tires and suspension on our test Mustang GT were less track-friendly than the Camaro’s setup, but you can’t deny the disparity between the two is surprising.

While the V6-based Camaro is also faster than the V6 Ford Mustang, we were surprised that Ford opted to kill it. That’s right, the Ford Mustang V6 will not return in 2018. The turbocharged (EcoBoost) 4-cylinder will become the base engine.

My personal observations regarding the Ford Mustang vs the Chevrolet Camaro on a day-to-day basis is different than the all-out performance. I feel the ride and character of the Mustang (V6 and V8) made for a better/more comfortable vehicle to live with. Also, I believe the Ford Mustang has a nicer interior.

In 2016, Ford sold 105,932 Mustangs in the United States, as opposed to 72,705 Chevrolet Camaros sold in the United States in 2016. Still, the Chevrolet Camaro is making up ground. That’s one thing that Ford wants to change. New and upgraded engines, a 10-speed automatic transmission, upgraded (MagneRide ) suspension, electronics and revised aerodynamics are coming to the 2018 Ford Mustang.


“The new Mustang is our best ever, based on more than 50 years as one of the iconic sports car in America and now, the world,” said Joe Hinrichs, president of The Americas. “Tapping Mustang’s enormous fan base, we’re bringing the new Mustang straight to the people – and introducing the new car across multiple social media channels, reaching millions.” – – Ford Media

Click (here) for more tech specs about the 2018 Ford Mustang.

We can’t wait to give you our impressions of this newest pony car once we’ve been turned loose upon it. Hopefully, we’ll gain access to the 2018 Ford Mustang soon.

Check out our recent track test!