Updated 2018 Ford Mustang confirmed to mid-year arrival
FORD has confirmed the restyled Mustang sports car will arrive here by August.
Maintaining the mantle as Australia's most popular sports car in 2017, and remaining Ford's second most successful model behind the Ranger, the 2018 model Mustang will come with even sportier looks priced from $49,990 plus on-roads.
That means prices have increased, between $4000-$9000.
Yet the blue oval brand promises the mid-year releases brings "a sleek new design, even greater on-road performance and more features to deliver the most sophisticated, rewarding-to-drive Mustang offered in this country”.
At the rear, there are revised LED tail-lamps for a more "technical look”, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.
Mustang fans will quickly spot the differences, courtesy of a lower, remodelled bonnet and grille which has improved aerodynamics courtesy of different upper and lower grilles, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes. For the first time, the entire Mustang line up will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting.
For fans of the 5.0-litre V8, it has even more muscle. The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW - about 450 horsepower - as standard.
The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.
A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines.
EcoBoost versions have a fresh alloy wheel design, while for a different look, the 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloy is available as a factory option. The GT carries over the mesh design from the current model, while also offering an optional five-spoked 19-inch forged alloy.
Bold exterior colour choices - including all-new signature Orange Fury as well as Kona Blue and Royal Crimson - combined with Over the Top (OTT) stripe packages mean that enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they're after.
The 2018 Mustang offers more factory-fit options than ever before, including a new single-wing rear spoiler.
Increased personalisation extends to the 2018 Mustang's new cockpit, characterised by improved touch points and visual cues for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminium.
Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns, while there's also six-way leather-upholstered Recaro sports seating as a factory-fitted option. All Mustangs feature an instrument panel with an updated Mustang badge, while there's also a new key fob design.
"Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia president and CEO.
"The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia's best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”
Inside, and there is a new 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster which features a MyMode memory function that allows owners to save their favourite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences.
The new Mustang is so customisable that even its engine note can be adjusted. An active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport.
On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabiliser bars bring sharper response and handling.
For the first time, MagneRide damper technology is an option. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the MagneRide damping system allows automatic adjustment of each corner - up to 1000 times per second - enabling better responsiveness and lateral performance.
The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.
2018 Ford Mustang retail prices
EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990
EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990
EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490
GT Fastback (manual) $62,990
GT Fastback (automatic) $66,259
GT Convertible (automatic) $74,709
OTT Stripes - black $650
OTT Stripes (Fastback only) - white $650
Single-wing rear spoiler (Fastback only) $750
Recaro leather seats (Fastback only) $3000
19-inch Lustre Nickel alloys (EcoBoost only) $500
19-inch Forged alloys (GT Only) $2500
MagneRide Suspension $2750