2018 Ford Mustang GT To Offer 0-60 In Under 4 Seconds With Drag-Strip Mode

Ford announced that the upcoming 2018 Mustang GT will join the sub-4 second 0-60 mph club, mainly thanks to its new Drag-Strip mode. This, says the Blue Oval, will make the 2018 Mustang GT not only the fastest ‘Stang ever, but also faster than “a $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera”.

Ford has redesigned the 5.0-liter V8, which now makes 460hp and 420lb-ft of torque, 25hp and 20 lb-ft more than the outgoing model, and at the same time offers improved fuel economy.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission provides more accurate and faster shifts and better low speed responses. As for the new Drag-Strip mode, one of the five in total driving modes, Ford says that it has been designed to provide maximum acceleration and performance on a straight line, “eliminating the lost time usually associated with automatic shifting”.

“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “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.”

The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost unit has also been retuned for 2018 and now makes 310hp and 350lb-ft of torque – 30lb-ft more than the outgoing model. Ecoboost models equipped with the Performance Package (which also gets you bespoke Michelin Pilot 4 S tires) and the 10-speed automatic will also benefit from the Drag-Strip mode, giving them a 0-60mph time in under five seconds.

Ford says that the 2018 Mustang will arrive in dealerships this fall, with pricing and a configurator to go live from tomorrow, July 25.


  • xDRAN0x

    Is the Mustang becoming a Playstation 3?

    • Aquaflex

      More like mustang finally getting bad ass!

      • seriously

        a base mustang isnt bad ass its common

        • cargeniuass

          All mustangs are common dummy

  • rodriguez256

    This is the first time I’m reading about the new HP and torque numbers. I hadn’t thought they were released.

    • 59soni

      Actually I couldn’t find them in any previous article here

  • Blade t

    With more power we get to see more cars and coffee wrecks lol….

    • Jay

      I haven’t seen any of the current gens get wrecked. Did I miss something?

      • Blade t

        Yes you did miss something,,,it’s called a joke !

        • Jay

          Actually there was a blue one that was wrecked after hitting a curb.. so no joke missed after all.

    • SomeRandomCommenter

      I wonder how many will use the drag mode while leaving c’n’c

  • LJ

    I remember when the top end Camaro SS and Mustang Cobra were making 310 hp and running 5-1/2 sec 0-6 times.

  • john1168

    “Ford built 10-speed transmission”? That engineer means Ford AND GM built transmission, right???

    • Harlan McCartney

      Nope they each make the transmissions they use and build. They do not even use the same ATF…

      • Status

        Except for when they jointly co-develop a 6-speed auto transmission, and lets not forget the numerous hydromatics that GM built years ago that are found in loads of old BMW’s.

      • cargeniuass

        This was in fact a joint effort between GM and Ford

    • cargeniuass

      Yeah but who cares

  • john1168

    This is the Mustang to get. I just wish it had an optional moonroof.

  • SteersUright

    But how does it handle?

    • SteersUright

      Faster than a 911? Don’t think so. Maybe quoted numbers, not real world. It’ll never take one on if surprised in real life. First the 911 launches way harder and is actually in the high-3 second range, unlike official numbers. Also, once you arrive so very quickly at the first corner, one understeers into the bushes while one goes clean around the bend. Guess which is which? If this new Mustang dropped 300-400 lbs, I’d be much more excited. At the very least, maybe the GT350 program will lend some handling bits n pieces to the new GT?

      • LJ

        Guess which one costs twice as much?

        • SteersUright

          “This, says the Blue Oval, will make the 2018 Mustang GT not only the fastest ‘Stang ever, but also faster than “a $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera”.” Ford said this ridiculous statement. I’m just calling them out. There’s no chance the two are truly comparable in anything other than an absolute straight line, and even then, the Ford still won’t win. GT an amazing value and I’d say might give an M2 a run for its money. But a 911? I don’t think so.

      • bonzomatic

        Are you having a conversation with yourself?

        • SteersUright

          Lol, forgot to add the other stuff. Hit reply out of laziness.

      • cargeniuass

        Mustang wouldn’t understeer, as its RWD and has Indpendent rear suspension. If anything it would oversteer and depending on the driver, could maybe even maneuver the mustang thru the corner quicker than the porsche. It makes up for the weight deficit with the power and the gearing of this fancy new transmission.
        Also, add a supercharger to it, sticky race tires, and it’ll destroy porsches on the track. And STILL be insanely under the price of a 911.

        • SteersUright

          Mustang would indeed understeer as anything other than the GT350R is designed to do. They’re also nose-heavy and just heavy overall, and will never turn in as fast as a significantly lighter 911. Adding a supercharger will add even more weight! By the time you add the required upgrades to a Mustang to make it truly hang with a Porsche 911 on a track, you’re at $100k for a Ford GT350R. Might as well get the base 911 or a Cayman GT4 at that point.

  • Bash

    Because there is not enough accidents already!

  • Blanka Li

    Configurator not up 🙁

  • cargeniuass

    Damn you Ford! Here I am planning for a house and you go and drop a sub 4 second mustang gt stock…. I could live in a mustang probably…… lol

  • Aquaflex

    Still $52k loaded up for the 2018 mustang GT! Wow over $50k for a mustang GT? That’s almost GT350 pricing!

    • SteersUright

      The GT350 is $50k, and indeed the far better value if buying at MSRP. In reality, a GT can be had for $10k off MSRP fairly easy while the GT350 usually goes exactly for MSRP these days and is not discounted. So the real price-gap is about $12k, not insignificant considering how fast the regular GT now is. I just hope it got some handling upgrades from the GT350 program as well!

  • Cameron

    Too bad you will look ugly as hell while doing it! Rip 15-17 style.

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