Ford Mustang Reaches 60 MPH In Under 4.0 Seconds

Ford unveiled the 2018 Mustang during the Detroit auto show. It gains a more aggressive look that includes new hood vents and an optional spoiler

The 2018 Mustang GT has several upgrades, like more horsepower and torque output from the redesigned 5.0-liter V8, a new 10-speed automatic transmission and available custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. The Continental GT Speed does the sprint in 3.9 seconds, thanks to a massive 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12 engine with 633 hp and 620 lb-ft of torque.

Even the EcoBoost-equipped Mustang gets a boost in power on the strip. We don't have many details yet, but this mode is said to enhance off-the-line performance and to minimize the loss of engine torque between shifts. The 2.3 litre turbocharged four-cylinder makes the same amount of power as before (310 hp), but torque has been bumped by 41 Nm to 475 Nm.

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.

The 0 to 60 time for the V-8 engine bests that of the $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera, Ford says.

Ford might not be able to touch the Demon's 840 horsepower or its sub-10 second quarter-mile time but that hasn't stopped it from jumping on the racing bandwagon by adding a Drag Strip mode to the 2018 Mustang GT, which offers maximum acceleration through improved responsiveness, speedier gear shifts. The Drag Strip mode setting optimizes torque, and transmission to achieve the new acceleration, and hits that sub-four second time when paired with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires on the vehicle. Ford is claiming better fuel efficiency from the uprated motor, thanks largely to the smart new automatic gearbox. Ford says the new 10-speeder shifts faster than the outgoing six-speed unit, and has the ability to skip gears for the smoothest, most efficient forward progress.

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US Mustang GT models will be endowed with 343kW and 569Nm, while Ecoboosts will have 231kW/475Nm. "It's designed for optimum ratio progression and efficiency, and provides more accurate, quicker upshift and downshift capability".

The other driver-selectable modes are Normal, Sport, Track, and Snow/Wet.

As the good folks at Ford prepare to unleash the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang on the masses, the automaker has finally revealed some crucial performance information.

"Gearing matters, and in Drag Strip mode, this vehicle launches better than ever off the line", added Widmann.

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