2018 Ford Mustang To Ditch V6 And Adopt 10-Speed Auto

It seems as though the facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang will lose the current 3.7-liter V6, making it solely available with the EcoBost 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the naturally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8.

According to Mustang6G, the body type codes for the V6 are now longer valid in the dealer system for the Mustang, suggesting that the engine will soon be resigned to the history books. This isn’t all that surprising considering the four-cylinder is more fuel efficient and more powerful, delivering 310 hp versus 300 hp of the V6. The turbo also has an extra 40 lb-ft of torque.

Beyond the abandonment of the V6, it has been confirmed that the new Mustang will be available with a 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with General Motors and already in use in the updated Camaro.

Perhaps even more significant than the option of this new gearbox will be the availability of the advanced MagneRide dampers for both the EcoBoost and Mustang GT models. These shocks are only currently available on the Shelby GT350 and GT350R and play a huge part in making those two such track monsters.

Elsewhere, it is reported that the new Mustang will receive an additional performance package, poised to compete with the Camaro 1LE package.

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  • Blade t

    In the future the 5.0 will be gone also ,the gt will have a 6cyl turbo….

    • James Denz

      Not for a long time. The V8 is an integral part of Mustang heritage and is very popular. Even the majority of Mustangs sold in Europe have the 5.0 V8.

      • Kagan

        The price differens in europe is small between r4 and v8. So most people go for the v8 even if the r4 could make the car more rapid feeted.

        • Charles Lombard

          Almost the same price if you don’t include the gas guzzler tax. A mustang v8 in France gets a 7000 euros tax on it, plus a gallon of gas is around 5,5 euros.Owing a v8 over there is really expensive. Under these conditions we can safely say that the Europeans love v8 mustangs and don’t really care about the L4. Ford Europe is surprised by the sales figure of the v8.

          • Kagan

            In Sweden we don’t have extra price taxes. We have a yealy road tax based on the C02 pollution on paper.

      • Blade t

        I agree ,but ford is really embracing it’s turbo engines . That’s why I said, “in the future” .

    • Frank

      They are working on a new 4.8L V8.

  • smartacus

    it was a smart decision.
    Maybe in the future they will add
    the 2.7 Ecoboost or the 400HP 3.0 V6TT from Lincoln

    • Gustavo Adriano

      I think that Mustang needs a new V8 with Direct Injection plus Turbo, and also needs the option of the 2.7 Ecoboost, just like you said @disqus_3jgKHRVsX4:disqus
      The 4 cylinder is a nice engine, though.

  • JudeK

    Ford and GM co-designed a gearbox and put it in their two competing muscle cars? That’s the real story, he he.

  • john1168

    This is a good idea. They really don’t need the V6 in this car. The 10 speed can’t come soon enough and adding magnaride is awesome!

  • Bash

    I can see that its a smart move..

  • Michael_66589

    V6 fit rather to minivan than to Mustang, so good move. But 2.0 is good for Ford Edge powertrain than Mustang. So they should leave only 5.0 Coyote or give us new 4.8 V8. And as option retuned 6.2 to compete FCA offerings.

  • John S.

    No one has mentioned CAFE. Ford, as with all manufacturers, has to meet CAFE requirements and the 5.0 isn’t going to hack it in the future. The GT350 has a $1300. gas guzzler attached to it now. Ford will not sell many 5.0 V8s with a gas guzzler tax attached to it. We are all enthusiasts, but 99.9% of the people out there are not and they are the customers Ford, GM and Chrysler need in order to build the cars we want. So, I see a twin turbo V6 (As with SHO) replacing the 5.0, eventually, most likely in 2025 in order to meet CAFE requirements, but still put 400-500 hp out there for us. I am still not sure about the ten speed transmission. We have the nine speed in our Jeep Cherokee and it has more software updates then Microsoft. It also “hunts” a lot for the right gear, and fuel economy isn’t anything to brag about. I hope Ford gets it right out of the box.

    • Michael_66589

      We will see how CAFE regulations will look when Trump will be in charge. Maybe CAFE will be past.

  • nauticalone

    Very good news. Dual mode exhaust would be great too and 4 corner Brembo brakes (which may well be in the performance package mentioned I’m guessing). Looks like I’ll be trading my 2012 GT next year for this new GT.

  • frankfan42

    Guess Ford will cede the V-6 performance market to GM which continues with their excellent and great sounding v-6 in the Camaro. Too bad about that, the Mustang is really nice with the V-6 and it really is a nice engine. I prefer the Mustang over the Camaro (Having had several in my life and NO Camaro yet) for its roomier interior, better sightlines and much more useful trunk in a sporty car.

  • d’Aforde

    As one who thinks you can never have too much horsepower, I think Ford should have replaced the Mustang’s V6 with the turbo V6 from the Fusion Sport. If that would have brought the V6 too close to the V8, then Ford could have cranked more power out of the V8 or put in a slightly detuned version of the GT350 V8.

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