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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang Goes From 0 to 60 MPH In Under 4 Seconds

Ford fans rejoice, and spectators run for your life – the 2018 Ford Mustang is here, and it comes with a fresh look and more power than ever. To start off, the EcoBoost model – the new entry-level model now that the V-6 has been dropped – maintains its 310 horsepower output, but gains an extra 30 pound-feet, bringing it up to 350 pound-feet of torque. The real news, however, is the is that beast of an engine under the hood of the Mustang GT is 5.0-liters of sheer stomach cramping goodness that’s good for 440 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That’s an improvement me of 25 ponies and 20 pound-feet over the 2017 model and enough to make the Porsche 911 Porsche Carrera look like a little bitch with its $94,000 price tag and 4.4-second sprint to 60 mph.

It’s not just the extra power that makes the Mustang so quick, it’s the entire setup, and one could argue that Ford has quite literally found perfection. When you combine the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires that come with the Performance Pack along with that increased output, the new Drag Strip mode and the new 10-speed automatic, you get sheer supremacy. We’re talking about a sprint to 60 mph in “less than four seconds” and, while we don’t know official top speed figures, you can bet the updated GT will get you a little closer to God when you finally start to max out. To get the extra power out of that V-8, Ford added in dual-fuel, high-pressure direction injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. Surely there was some other tuning specifics, but Ford has yet to elaborate. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? Keep reading to learn more.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang Inspires New Coolhaus Ice Cream!

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Talk about clever marketing! In an effort to create some buzz for the new Orange Fury exterior color of the 2018 Ford Mustang, the company has teamed up with Coolhaus to present a limited edition, Mustang-inspired ice cream sandwich. This new product has a  zesty orange flavor to go with the color and comes in two Vanilla Whoopies, covered in orange icing and an edible wrapper made from potato wafer paper with edible ink.

Now for the marketing part: the Mustang-inspired ice cream sandwich will be will be given out for free starting today for four days at various locations in New York City in a Coolhaus ice cream truck outfitted with 2018 Mustang decals. The idea was the brainchild of Ford color and materials design manager, Barb Whalen. The 2018 Mustang also comes in Kona Blue and Royal Crimson but there are no ice cream versions of those yet.

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“I typically focus on things like color research, leather seats and hand stitching, so this was definitely a bit different for me,” said Whalen. “It was fun applying some of those same design philosophies into helping Coolhaus create an ice cream flavor that really embodies the new Orange Fury color.”

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“I’ve always been a fan of the Mustang, and was super excited when they came to us with such a special project,” Coolhaus CEO & Founder Natasha Case said. “We thrive on helping our customers realize their vision and love to help create that special, one-of-a-kind experience – one that really makes an impact. We couldn’t be happier that one of the original American classics chose Coolhaus, a new American classic, as a way to add excitement to their latest innovation.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package

The Ford Mustang. It’s one of history’s most iconic muscle cars (and now a modern day crowd-hunting missile) that has seen a total of six generations, several different body styles, and one of the most loyal fanbases out there. It’s had its ups and downs but has been in constant production since March of 1964, with the most recent generation coming to life for the 2015 model year. Since then, the Mustang has been reworked a bit, with a new face for 2018 and a revamp of drivetrain options that will cut out the V-6 altogether. Along with the facelift and change to the drivetrain lineup, it was recently announced that even the EcoBoost Mustang will now come with line-lock, and now Ford is announcing a new “Pony Package” for the EcoBoost model that brings some stand-out aesthetics and the classic pony-in-corral grille that has appeared occasionally since it was displayed on the original concept in the mid-1960s

The last time the pony-in-corral grille was seen was back in 2015 as part of the Mustang’s anniversary package, but this time around as part of the package for the EcoBoost, you’ll also get a few other items that include side stripes on the lower body, tri-bar pony badge on the rear deck, a brightened beltline and window trim for hard tops, and a fresh pair of wheels. Inside, you get some floor mats with an embroidered pony logo to tie the whole package together. So far, there’s no price announced yet, but we should learn more about the price of this package as well as pricing for the 2018 Mustang shortly before it goes on sale in time for Halloween.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package

The Ford Mustang. It’s one of history’s most iconic muscle cars (and now a modern day crowd-hunting missile) that has seen a total of six generations, several different body styles, and one of the most loyal fanbases out there. It’s had its ups and downs but has been in constant production since March of 1964, with the most recent generation coming to life for the 2015 model year. Since then, the Mustang has been reworked a bit, with a new face for 2018 and a revamp of drivetrain options that will cut out the V-6 altogether. Along with the facelift and change to the drivetrain lineup, it was recently announced that even the EcoBoost Mustang will now come with line-lock, and now Ford is announcing a new “Pony Package” for the EcoBoost model that brings some stand-out aesthetics and the classic pony-in-corral grille that has appeared occasionally since it was displayed on the original concept in the mid-1960s

The last time the pony-in-corral grille was seen was back in 2015 as part of the Mustang’s anniversary package, but this time around as part of the package for the EcoBoost, you’ll also get a few other items that include side stripes on the lower body, tri-bar pony badge on the rear deck, a brightened beltline and window trim for hard tops, and a fresh pair of wheels. Inside, you get some floor mats with an embroidered pony logo to tie the whole package together. So far, there’s no price announced yet, but we should learn more about the price of this package as well as pricing for the 2018 Mustang shortly before it goes on sale in time for Halloween.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special Edition

Those of you who are familiar with the Mount Panorama race track in Bathurst, Australia will attest to the circuit’s status as one of the world’s greatest race tracks. The 79-year old circuit is home to the Bathurst 1000, one of the most famous endurance races in the world, and was also the site of Ford’s famous one-two finish back in 1977. Forty years after that memorable triumph, Australian Ford tuner Pickford is rolling out a limited run of Ford Mustang GTs called the Tickford Bathurst ’77 Special.

The limited-run set of Mustangs will feature plenty of cosmetic upgrades, but none are more important than its livery to match the race-winning 1977 Falcon XC Hardtops that racers Allan Moffat and Colin Bond drove to victory 40 years ago. If anything, the special edition Mustang pays tribute to the storied ties between Australian motorsports and the Blue Oval. “We wanted to give fans that either witnessed the famous one-two live, or have come to appreciate the supreme effort after the fact, the chance to own a unique vehicle that has been developed in conjunction with the man that made it happen,” Tickford CEO and Prodrive Racing Australia team boss Tim Edwards said.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang Order Guide Leaked

The sixth-generation Mustang is a pretty big deal. It was introduced for 2015 and was the most advanced pony to roll out of Ford’s stable to date. The biggest highlights included the introduction of the EcoBoost four-cylinder – the first four-cylinder to be offered in the ‘Stang for a while – and a new independent rear suspension system, a first since the car was first introduced back in 1964. After just a couple of years on the market, Ford realized it’s EcoBoost drivetrain was a real winner, and eventually dropped the base V-6, leaving just the 310-horsepower EcoBoost and the 435-horsepower Coyote V-8. For 2018, Ford recently announced that the line-lock feature from the GT track package will now come standard across the line, but now we’re finally getting a look at the order guide companion for the first time, and there are quite a few options to talk about.

All told, there are three different packages available for the EcoBoost and GT models: a performance package, a black accent package, and a new Carbon Sport interior package – essentially letting you get a little bit of that supercar feel inside your new pony. But, there’s a lot of little things to cover in this companion guide, so let’s take a closer look at what you can order before you get to the dealer.

PostHeaderIcon Six of America’s Baddest Muscle Machines

Cue the band, Mr. Copland; today is Independence Day! It’s the day American celebrates her declaration of independence from Britain amid the bloody Revolutionary War, which lasted from 1775 to 1783. Now some 234 years after the battle’s end, America can celebrate something else, too – the laundry list of high-horsepower vehicles that out-class nearly everything on the world’s roads. These cars, trucks, and SUVs represent the best-of-the-best, the most lust-worthy iron ever to transport humans.

These vehicles hail from American brand rich with history. We’ve included only late-model vehicles that represent the peak of their segment, and each will easily outgun nearly anything from outside our borders. Brands like Chevrolet, Ford, and Dodge are not only a cornerstone in the automotive industry, they are icons to the American way of life and our never-ending pursuit of happiness. So stand by for 4,295 horsepower of American Freedom!

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PostHeaderIcon Cars We Wish We Could Drive On Independence Day

It’s America’s Independence Day – the day we celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which ratified that the United States of America was no longer part of the British Empire. I know Brexit jokes are getting a bit old, but America did it before it was cool.

The Fourth of July is also a day for fireworks, parades, barbecues, fairs, picnics, and family reunions. For most of us, it’s also a long weekend spent on the road. We love to travel as much as any of you out there and this is why I put together a short list of cars we wish we could drive on Independence Day. And it’s not about supercars I can’t afford, but iconic vehicles I cannot buy because they don’t make them anymore.

I’m sure some of you would enjoy spending the Independence Day weekend in at least one of the cars in the list below as much as I would, so go ahead and have a closer look at the vehicles that should be revived in the modern era. Also, feel free to add your own cars to the list via the comments box at the bottom. Have a great Fourth of July, drive safe, and in case you had a beer or two, make sure you leave the driving to those that didn’t.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Mustang to Get Standard Line-Lock Feature

Ford unleashes Line-Lock on Mustang Ecoboost

Staying true to its character as the quintessential muscle, Ford Mustang is now getting a feature that is every muscle car enthusiasts dream. It’s the the electronic line-lock which will be a standard feature on all 2018 Mustang models later this year, making burnouts easier than ever. They should call it the hooligan option. 

The line-lock is currently only available as a track-only option on the V8 GT version, but soon even the 2018 Mustang EcoBoost with its four-cylinder engine will get the feature.So no matter which Mustang you get, it will be able to make you like a colossal douchebag who likes to rev its engine, spin its tire, make cacophonous noises and produce a huge amount of smoke. Burnout is a mindless, pointless and frankly stupid thing to do. And like most stupid things it is also really, really fun.

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Ford says the 2018 Mustang line-lock feature is for drag racers to heat up the tire rubber for improved traction prior to the race, but we all know it is going to be used predominantly by big, fat city boys with an American flag tattoo on their arms and a pistol in the glove compartment. The system is activated steering wheel-mounted thumb switches whereupon, on models equipped with an available 12-inch, all-digital instrument display, drivers will see an industry-first, video-game-like animation of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated. Line-lock is available with either the 10-speed SelectShift automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost to Come Standard with Line-Lock

The V-8-powered Ford Mustang GT has come standard with electronic line lock as a part of the track pack since its redesign in 2015, but for 2018, Ford has announced that it will now include that feature on the EcoBoost models as well – effectively giving those who want some EcoBoost love a much easy way of roasting some rubber. For those of you that don’t know, a line lock system, applies pressure to the front brakes only, making it possible for those with a six-speed manual to roast the tires without some impressively difficult footwork, while those with the automatic transmission don’t have to risk burning their transmission fluid or burning up the rear brakes from doing a traditional brake torque. Think of it as an emergency brake for the front wheels.

When Ford introduced the sixth-generation Mustang for the 2015 model year, it was met with enthusiasm from pony car fanboys everywhere. As part of the generational shift, the Mustang grew in width by 1.5 inches, sat 1.4 inches lower, and came with an all-new independent rear suspension system. More important was the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that served as a middle point between the entry-level 3.7-liter V-6 and the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. After just three years on the market, the sixth-gen Mustang was up for a facelift and Ford decided to drop the V-6, leaving just the EcoBoost and the V-8. It’s not surprising considering the EcoBoost delivers 10 more ponies than the V-6 while offering better efficiency. There was no need for a V-6 and consumers knew it. Now limited to two engine options in the standard Mustang, Ford is ensuring both are equally capable at the dragstrip.

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PostHeaderIcon TopSpeed’s Top 5 Convertibles That Won’t Break The Bank

Well, it’s officially summertime, and that means it’s the right season to get out and enjoy the warm weather. And, if you have the means, that should also include breaking free from the confines of a fixed hardtop roof and enjoying unlimited blue-sky headroom. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel of a convertible isn’t always the cheapest proposition around, but fear not, because we’ve assembled five of our top picks for going topless without breaking the bank.

Of course, there are plenty of other options out there at this price range, but we decided to cut out the flab and only keep those droptops that you’ll actually want to drive. That means each offers something interesting under the hood, all while maintaining that fun in the sun factor. Of course, no roof means you’ll get a little extra slop in the corners, given the lack of chassis rigidity, but that’s okay – you’ll be enjoying your time in the elements all the same. Let us know which you’d have in the comments!

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang GT P-51 by Roush Performance

Roush Performance is no stranger to developing tuning programs for the Ford Mustang. In fact, it’s built a good legacy from it, thanks in part to beauties like the RS3 and Trak Pak kits. This time though, Roush Performance is shaking things up with the P-51, a 727-horsepower behemoth the noted Ford tuner is claiming as the most powerful “re-titled” Mustang creation ever.

It’s hard to disagree with those claims, especially with the added disclaimer of being pre-titled as opposed to most post-titled programs where the output of the P-51 has been exceeded on so many occasions, including some of Roush Performance’s past tuning projects. But the P-51 is coming off the Roush production lot as a brand new Mustang that’s already been fitted with the kit, power upgrades and all. On top of that, it also features extensive aero upgrades on the exterior, a dressed-up interior, and the whole cache of being inspired by the iconic P-51 Mustang fighter planes that played big roles during the second World War. It’s taken a while for Roush Performance to present the full-blown P-51 Mustang after first releasing a sneak peek at the 2106 SEMA Auto Show in Las Vegas last year. Turns out, the tuner was onto something with this creation and now that it’s out, we can at least say that it was worth the wait.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang GT By GME Performance

In the course of its long and storied history, the Ford Mustang has proven itself to be one of the most desirable performance cars in the world. It’s a testament to the car’s appeal that it’s still revered in tuning circles to this day. That’s especially true in a country like Germany, which has no shortage of tuners spread out its own borders. Geiger Cars has been tuning Mustangs for a while now and even lesser-known firms like Schropp Tuning have gotten in on the act. I’m not certain where GME Performance falls in that sphere, but what I do know is that it’s gotten in on the act of building tuning kits for the American pony car. Proof of that lies in this program that squeezes out a Hellcat-level power output of 705 horsepower for the benevolent ‘Stang.

Truth be told, this is not the first time we’ve come across GME Performance. Over the years, it’s developed its share of desirable upgrades, including a 680-horsepower kit for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 and a 620-horsepower program for the ‘Stang’s chief nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s even taken a crack at developing a kit for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The result? 600 ponies and a 0-to-60-mph of just 4.1 seconds. It’s an impressive roster of tuner kits that’s bolstered by this new program for the America’s most prominent performance car. That 700-horsepower output may be the headline-grabbing feature of this program, but there’s more to it than that too. Rest assured GME Performance is one tuner whose name we should start remembering more often now.

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PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang GT By GME Performance

In the course of its long and storied history, the Ford Mustang has proven itself to be one of the most desirable performance cars in the world. It’s a testament to the car’s appeal that it’s still revered in tuning circles to this day. That’s especially true in a country like Germany, which has no shortage of tuners spread out its own borders. Geiger Cars has been tuning Mustangs for a while now and even lesser-known firms like Schropp Tuning have gotten in on the act. I’m not certain where GME Performance falls in that sphere, but what I do know is that it’s gotten in on the act of building tuning kits for the American pony car. Proof of that lies in this program that squeezes out a Hellcat-level power output of 705 horsepower for the benevolent ‘Stang.

Truth be told, this is not the first time we’ve come across GME Performance. Over the years, it’s developed its share of desirable upgrades, including a 680-horsepower kit for the Chevrolet Corvette C7 and a 620-horsepower program for the ‘Stang’s chief nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro. It’s even taken a crack at developing a kit for the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8. The result? 600 ponies and a 0-to-60-mph of just 4.1 seconds. It’s an impressive roster of tuner kits that’s bolstered by this new program for the America’s most prominent performance car. That 700-horsepower output may be the headline-grabbing feature of this program, but there’s more to it than that too. Rest assured GME Performance is one tuner whose name we should start remembering more often now.

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PostHeaderIcon Saleen Championship Edition Mustang

Renowned Mustang tuner Saleen hasn’t been doing particularly well in recent years due to financial problems, but it somehow managed to keep most of its nameplates alive and introduce new ones, including a beefed-up Tesla Model S. Now, Saleen is returning to the spotlight with a series of Championship Edition Mustangs that celebrate the Driver, Manufacturer, Team, and Tire SCCA ESCORT Endurance Championships won by the brand’s racing team back in 1987.

Launched in cooperation with General Tire, which was essential to Saleen’s success on the race track in the 1980s, the Championship Edition will break cover by the end of June and will enter production in September 2017. Both road-legal and track-only versions will be built, with the sixth-generation Mustang GT used as a base. Pricing and availability information is still limited, but we’ll be back as soon as we know more.

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PostHeaderIcon You Can Probably Guess What The World’s Best Selling Sports Car Was In 2016

If people were asked to guess what the best-selling sports car in the world is, there’s a good chance that the answers would have as much variety to them as the number of colors in a Skittles pack. The Mazda MX-5 is a good answer. The same goes for the Porsche 911, and at least for new models, the BMW 4 Series. All three models have proven to be popular among buyers all over the world, but none of them can lay claim to being the best-selling sports car in the world. That title now belongs to a certain muscle car from Dearborn, the Ford Mustang.

It seems to strange to think that it took this long for the Mustang to ascend to being the best-selling sports car in the world considering that it’s been around since 1964. But the current-generation Mustang has done the car’s legacy right because according to IHS Markit new vehicle registration data, over 150,000 Mustangs were sold all over the world in 2016. That figure represented a six percent increase from its 2015 sales figures. Equally impressive is the Mustang’s sales volume internationally where sales literally doubled in 2016 to 45,000 units. The significant increase is largely tied to the muscle car’s growing popularity in China where sales of the ‘Stang grew by an impressive 74 percent from its 2015 numbers. Other countries like Germany also saw increased demand for the car while new markets like Bonaire, Gibraltar, and New Caledonia all contributed in driving up the car’s sales volume.

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PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 Lives On for 2018, but Where Are the Updates?

High-performance Mustangs like the GT350 and GT500 (just to name a few) have always been short lived, but that’s part of their charm and one of the main reasons why they become so valuable. The latest GT350 and GT350R are also scheduled to be made in limited numbers, but the good news is that the nameplate will live on for the 2018 model year.

Unfortunately, there’s some bad news too. If you’re a fan of the latest facelift for the sixth-generation Mustang, you probably won’t be thrilled to find out that the GT350 will carry over without the updates that Ford made to the standard Mustang for the 2018 model year. That means no new headlamps or revised bumpers and no 12-inch digital instrument cluster. Just three extra colors, two of which are shared with the standard Mustang anyway.

The underpinnings remain unchanged too, as well as the 526-horsepower and 429-pound-feet output of the 5.2-liter V-8 engine. However, that’s nothing to sneeze and the GT350 is already a great performer at the race track.

Still, I can’t help but notice that Ford is keeping the current GT350 around for two model years, after which the fate of the nameplate is rather uncertain. Will Ford update it to the new Mustang design toward the end of the sixth-generation or will the GT350 be replaced by a GT500 model based on the facelift? And, if the GT350 is going away for good, shouldn’t enthusiasts get a revised model for the last year on the market?

An upgrade may seem like the logical step in the current market, but things are a bit complicated here. While adding the new headlamps and bumpers to the GT350 might seem pretty easy, it all becomes rather complicated when it comes to aerodynamics. Changing the bumpers of the GT350 would have forced Ford to rethink and reshape the aero kit too, a process that requires research and development, which translates into time and money. More R&D could have resulted in a more expensive vehicle, which isn’t exactly feasible for a nameplate that will be around for only 12 months.

To be honest, I like the GT350 as is, but I bet some of you would rather have a more special iteration for its final year on the market. So, the big question is: are you happy that Ford extended the GT350 life-cycle by one more year or would you rather have a facelifted model a mildly upgraded drivetrain, but at a higher price? Let me know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Shelby GT350 and GT350R Get 2018 Model Year

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If you didn’t like the look of the new Ford Mustang and were worried your beloved Shelby GT350 could get affected by it, rest easy because the high-performance pony is safe… at least for another year. Ford just announced they are extending Shelby GT350 and GT350R models availability to 2018 model year. 

So you can still buy these bad boys with the body you are used to and like very much. It would been pity if Ford were to discontinue these models, not just because they are amazing sports/muscle cars for the track, but also because a lot has gone into designing them:

The 2018 Shelby GT350 and the R model will continue to offer the 5.2-liter V8 FPC engine which produces 526 horsepower and 429 lb.-ft. of torque, plus standard engine oil, transmission and differential coolers, braking system with vented 15.5-inch two-piece front rotors and six-piston Brembo calipers along with the MagneRide damping system. In terms of tech features you get SYNC 3, voice-activated navigation and nine-speaker audio system. An available Convenience Package for GT350 models replaces Recaro manual seats with six-way power, heated and cooled sport seats with Miko suede inserts for both driver and passenger.

The post Shelby GT350 and GT350R Get 2018 Model Year appeared first on Motorward.

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