The 2018 Mustang has not been on the road for long, but it has already managed to drum up significant attention in the automotive press. The new generation of Mustangs have universally been heralded as a return to form, but this year’s version has been singled out for particular praise from industry tastemakers like Road and Track —so what makes this car such a success, and what are the elements auto enthusiasts are most excited about?
- More Horsepower
Themost important updates in this year’s model have to do with its increased power and acceleration. The Mustang is still outfitted with the standard 5.0-litreV-8 engine, but where the2017 Mustang packed 420 horsepower, the 2018 comes in at a respectable 460 — five more than its old rival, the Camaro.
If you do go shopping for a sports car this spring and drive away in a new Mustang you are sure to notice how smoothly it blends classic style with superior handling. The engine still has the purr and growl most drivers want from a pony car, but the 2018 also introduced a quiet start feature that lets you start the car without waking up the neighbours if you need to take it out early in the morning.
- New Ten-Speed Automatic
For many North American drivers, the fun of shifting manually is not quite worth the trouble, and while the 2018 comes with the classic six gear manual, shoppers have the option of a new ten-speed automatic. The ten-speed is much faster than the manual at shifting up to 100 km/h, and it shows off the upper end of the car’s performance magnificently.
- Updated Cockpit Options
As soon as you sit down in the cockpit, you will notice that the new Mustang is every inch the 21st century automobile, especially if you purchase the optional12 inch LCD panel. With a beautiful display and cutting edge animation, it feels a bit like muscle car meets space ship.
4.New Ecoboost Engine For The Environmentally Conscious
While most drivers interested in a powerful ride will opt for the V-8, the new Mustang can also be purchased with a 2.3-litre Ecoboost four-cylinder turbo engine. The Ecoboost is a much lighter engine, and in addition to reducing the amount of fuel the Mustang needs, it also makes it more agile.
The Mustang has been one of the most recognizable names in the North American automotive industry since it debuted over 50 years ago, and with the improvements on display in the sixth generation generally and the 2018 model specifically, it seems unlikely this brand is going to lose energy any time soon. It is a car best enjoyed on the open road, with lots of space to take it to the limit.
Now that the snow is melting and the highway is beckoning, why not find out for yourself what the world looks like from behind the wheel of an American icon.