2018 Ford Mustang revealed with sleeker design, additional tech gadgets and a 10-speed gearbox

This Mustang could also be the fastest accelerating ever, with an enhanced 5.0-litre V8 engine that offers an anticipated 443 hp

By: | Published: September 11, 2017 2:34 PM

Ford has unveiled the European-spec 2018 Mustang with sleek new styling, a more sophisticated engine, suspension upgrades and advanced driver assistance technologies, along with several new customisation options. The new car retains the instantly-recognisable Mustang profile but has a more athletic appearance enhanced with LED lighting technology, and a choice of 11 bold exterior colours and new alloy wheel options. This Mustang could also be the fastest accelerating ever, with an enhanced 5.0-litre V8 engine that offers an anticipated 443 hp, combining with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission.

It will also feature the 'Good Neighbour Mode' or Quiet Mode' for early mornings or late nights. While most performance cars come with 'Sport Exhaust' mode that adds an extra roar to the exhaust note at the press of a button, including the Mustang GT, Ford has acknowledged the problem of too much noise at inappropriate times. What the 'Quite' mode will do is cut down the engine's noise to almost half - from a food blender to the rumble of a dishwasher.

The Mustang is perhaps one of the most American cars one can think of, but this one is tuned quite to suit the European driving appetite. Equipped with sophisticated new MagneRide adjustable suspension and selectable Drive Modes, including a new customisable My Mode option, Mustang's fun-to-drive character is sure to be enhanced.

Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine has been further developed to deliver more power and a higher rev-limit than ever before. Anticipated peak power of 443 hp is supported by the introduction of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection system, which also increases low-end torque.

Ford’s six-speed manual gearbox is enhanced to manage the power of the 5.0-litre V8 engine with a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel, for greater durability and quicker gear changes. The engine delivers Launch Control as standard for maximum traction and consistent standing starts. Electronic Line Lock that applies only the front brakes, allowing the driver to spin the rear wheels and warm the tyres while stationary, is now standard with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, in addition to the 5.0-litre V8.

Mustang driver assistance technologies include Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Keeping Aid. A contemporary, upscale interior features soft-touch materials and a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster.

“Europe’s passion for Mustang has proven even greater than we imagined – almost 30,000 Mustangs are already bringing one of the most iconic sights in motoring to the continent’s streets,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe Middle East and Africa, Ford Motor Company. “There are few cars on the road that can deliver such a combination of heritage, style and performance to such a wide audience. The new Ford Mustang offers the most compelling package yet.”

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A wider range of customisation options will enable Mustang customers in Europe to make even more of a statement. Three bold, dynamic new metallic paint colours are available – Kona Blue, Orange Fury and Royal Crimson. New 19-inch forged alloy wheels are offered in multiple finishes each with a unique character, including Nickel, Ebony Black and Polished Aluminium.

Leather-trimmed, heated and cooled seats, and a heated steering wheel are also offered across the line-up for the first time. Right-hand drive customers can now also opt for the leather Recaro racing seat option in Ebony Black leather.

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Mustang for the first time will also be offered with Adaptive Cruise Control and Distance Alert technologies that help drivers maintain an appropriate distance to the vehicle ahead, as well as Lane Departure Warning that can warn when drivers unintentionally drift out of lane, and Lane Keeping Aid that can apply torque to the steering wheel to steer the vehicle back into lane. The sophisticated technologies will contribute to an improved Euro NCAP rating safety rating.

A customisable, all-digital, 12-inch LCD instrument cluster will deliver information displays optimised to match the selected Drive Mode – similar to the Ford GT supercar – helping drivers get the most from every driving experience. The cluster configuration will automatically change depending on Drive Mode, and can be programmed by the driver to display a range of gauges in one of seven colours. Drivers of Mustangs equipped with the 12-inch display will see an industry-first, video-game-style animation when the Electric Line Lock feature is activated.

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