Ford knew it had to play catch-up with its refreshed 2018 Mustang after the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro SS handily wiped it in a plethora of road tests and comparisons. One of the largest factors was the power figure coming from the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine.
It’s not a large gap, but the current Mustang GT pushes 435 hp from its 5.0L V8 engine, while the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro musters 455 hp from its 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine. That could be changing with the 2018 Ford Mustang GT, though.
Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine tweeted a photo of the 2018 Mustang’s new 12-inch digital gauge display, asking fans to find the Easter eggs hidden in the cluster. As Ford Authority reports, the biggest and best clue may be staring us right in the face.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) January 18, 2017
The gear shown is “4”, while the digital speedometer reads “55”. It’s thought those numbers represent 455 hp for the reworked Coyote V8 engine.
A 20 hp bump seems doable, too, as the Mustang GT receives a new direct injection system and factory quad-tip exhaust. Ford has remained quiet on the matter, but it seems the pony car wars are heating up once again.