AUTO INDUSTRY NEWS

2018 Ford Mustang gets power boost, Drag Strip Mode

2018 Ford Mustang gets power boost, Drag Strip Mode image

Marcus De Guzman / Ford | July 25, 2017 10:13

Refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang gets more ponies under the hood

It was exactly six months ago when the Blue Oval brand first revealed the refreshed Mustang for the 2018 model year. It now had a more menacing front fascia, along with new high-tech features including a fully digital instrument panel and updated SYNC 3.

Now, Ford recently revealed the official output figures on both the GT and EcoBoost trim models of the updated pony car.

Compared to the current 5.0-liter V8 which already puts out a healthy 435 PS with 542 Nm of torque, the retuned engine now cranks out 460 PS and 569 Nm of torque. This was made possible as the V8 now comes with high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection tech for better power and efficiency. In addition, the V8 now has a compression ratio of 12:1 (current engine has 11:1).

Meanwhile, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost gets a substantial increase in pulling power. It still produces 314 PS but torque rating is now at 475 Nm, eclipsing the current 434 Nm output.

Both models can come with Ford's new ten-speed automatic gearbox and Drag Strip Mode. According to Ford, the new transmission has a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing. This results in better acceleration and responsiveness added the automaker. Moreover, Ford claims the new ten-speed will deliver quicker shift times and low-speed tip-in response.

Also new is Drag Strip Mode which basically sets the car for maximum acceleration and performance for straight-line driving. It is controlled by the automatic transmission and provides a significant boost in acceleration while eliminating lost time in shifting.

2018 Ford Mustang gets power boost, Drag Strip Mode

“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time. In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang Chief Engineer.

With Drag Strip Mode in play, the V8-powered pony car can accelerate from 0 – 97 km/h in less than four seconds. On the other hand, the EcoBoost-driven Mustang can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in under five seconds.

“Gearing matters, and in Drag Strip mode, this car launches better than ever off the line,” added Widmann.

The 2018 Ford Mustang will arrive in US dealerships by the end of the year.