It’s no secret the sixth-generation Chevrolet Camaro has kind of trampled over Ford’s stallion. Comparison after comparison, the Chevrolet Camaro has come out on top, outgunning, outrunning and outperforming the sixth-generation Ford Mustang.
But, Ford wants to put a stop to that, and it thinks it has a remedy in the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang, which has been revealed following a premature internet leak.
Our fine friends and colleagues over at Ford Authority reported on the refreshed 2018 Mustang this morning, and there’s more than just revised looks. It’s clear the Mustang team dug their hands into the GT350 parts bin.
We say that because the MagneRide dampers will now be optional with the Mustang Performance Pack for the first time ever, and the manual gearbox equipped Mustangs have been reworked to offer “optimal torque.” A new dual-mass flywheel and twin-disc clutch handle the modulation in a more efficient manner.
Handling is sharpened thanks to new shock absorbers, a new cross-axis shock absorber and what Ford calls “innovative” stabilizer bars.
Looks are subjective, but we can’t help but think the outgoing Mustang looks a tad sharper in execution up front. The new fascia portrays a more subdued look. However, the rear looks as precise as ever with new, curved LED taillamps.
As for the power wars, Ford states the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine has been tweaked with upgraded dual injection. A higher redline, plus more ponies and torque will be present, but the blue oval did not dish out official ratings for the engine. The current 5.0L V8 has long been down on power compared to the Camaro’s 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine.
However, the Mustang will no longer do battle in one segment against the Camaro; the 2018 Mustang has dropped the 3.7-liter V6 engine from its lineup in favor of the 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder only as a base powerplant. Some oneupmanship on Ford’s part, however, is the introduction of a 10-speed automatic gearbox for either the Ecoboost or Coyote V8 standard. The 2017 Camaro ZL1 is currently the only Camaro available with the Ford-GM, co-developed gearbox.
Other small improvement bits include a factory, quad-tipped exhaust with an optional active valve system to control exhaust volume and tone at various engine speeds and an all-digital 12-inch gauge display.
So, will the 2018 Ford Mustang be enough to take on the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro again? Ford hopes so. We smell rematches cooking.