Europe, This Is Your Facelifted Ford Mustang! [46 Images]

After launching the 2018 Mustang in North America back in January, Ford has now updated the popular sports car for the European market.

Set to debut tomorrow at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, with customer deliveries beginning next year, it benefits from the same visual updates as its North American sibling. It can also be had in three new metallic paint colors – Kona Blue, Orange Fury, and Royal Crimson, and with a selection of different wheels.

For the 2018MY, the brand’s engineers have lifted the 5.0-liter V8 engine’s output from 410 to 450PS (444hp), as the unit also benefits from a higher redline, dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection, and low-pressure port fuel injection system, which is said to increase low-end torque. Ford has yet to release the new performance details, but the car should be a tad faster than the one it replaces.

While the V8 has been massaged to deliver more power, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost has been downgraded from 317 to 290PS (286hp). However, thanks to the increased back pressure within the exhaust and the addition of the gas particulate filter, which allows it to comply with the Euro 6.2 emission standards, performance is said to remain on the same level as before.

The new 10-speed automatic gearbox is available on both engines, and the automaker has also upgraded the 6-speed manual, which comes with a twin-disc clutch, and a dual-mass flywheel for quicker gear changes and improved durability.

Europe’s 2018 Ford Mustang also benefits from additional drive modes, such as Drag Strip, which allows for fast launches, My Mode, with its customizable features, and Good Neighbor, which limits the exhaust’s noise at pre-programmed times of the day, so the sleep of those living nearby won’t be disturbed. The pony car has also been given an optional MagneRide Damping System that “can deliver a lightning-quick response to changing road conditions”, in the manufacturer’s own words.

A 12-inch LCD instrument cluster, similar to the one offered on the GT supercar, is found inside, in addition to the SYNC3 infotainment system that’s compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, LED lights, and more soft-touch plastics.

Ford says that the 2018 Mustang is offered with Pre-Collision Assist, Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Distance Alert, and Lane Departure Warning.

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  • ZYGIUS

    Prefacelift looks way better….

    • Jay

      I agree with you, but the more I see it Im starting to think it’ll look better in person. I felt the same about the current charger, in pics at first I was disgusted looking at its front but now its the complete opposite since I’ve actually seen it.

      • dolsh

        It doesn’t. It’s droopy.

      • baofe

        I’ve seen it in person, still looks fugly. Ford went backwards with their design here

    • Vassilis

      I think this looks nicer actually. More aggressive.

  • Bash

    I don’t like that orange/yellow color!

  • Craig

    It would fun to own a Mustang GT Convertible!

    • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

      No fun to crash it.

      • Six Thousand Times

        What would you prefer to crash?

        • RS6 Performance Wagon Lover

          Something that has 3 more stars in its crash safety rating.

      • Craig

        No fun to roll-over in one but are they less safe than the coupe otherwise?

    • Six Thousand Times

      I can confirm that it is.

  • samurai

    This time the EU model looks way better than the US model, since it got clear reflectors in the headlights instead of the orange ones. Also they finally got tribar DRL and hood vents in european models, both were cut in the european prefacelift. With power bump, the active exhaust and magnetic ride this should be a really good upgrade to the european car.

  • Kagan

    In sweden the prices for the v8 coupe starts from over 50 000 $ with current excange rate.

    • samurai

      Remember that european models always include the US premium and performance package as standard. Also european prices already include tax, while US Prices don’t. For the price it’s really much power and a lot of modern features.

  • serge charles

    I thought face lifts were supposed to make things look better?

  • Shijit

    Wow ! its ugly.

  • Knotmyrealname

    Do I have to have a black interior? Does it have to look so drab?

  • fabri99

    It looks like an early-2000s General Motors design. Not a compliment, at all really. They should fix that weird front-end and improve interiors quality and design: european customers tend to prefer dark interior trims, but that doesn’t mean we want a depressing environment. Fix that. Fix everything, because the Mustang doesn’t come that cheap in Europe and at a certain price range you really can’t close an eye on some things.

  • Walter Bova

    How to ruin an icon in one step.

  • I DON’T LIKE THE EUROPEAN CLEAR LENSES IN THE REAR.

  • DM

    I like those white/clear tail lights! Other than that the front looks ugly as hell. Reminds me of this funny looking dog. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19a4eab675165d764ad649e1e5193940db0d64e30cfb233bd570c36904eba3ea.jpg

    • Knotmyrealname

      Bwaaaaahahahahahaaaa!

  • Six Thousand Times

    There’s bound to be some Internet whinging but sales will be solid.

  • Sébastien

    Can’t wait to see how many stars it will get from Euro NCAP

  • the mustang is now a fish… cool cool cool cool…? What a bad facelift.

  • john1168

    I LOVE this Mustang! This is the one to get! I just wish there was a sunroof option for the hard top…. The convertible looks great too but I’d want a hardtop with a sunroof. You know, like all of its competitors has…

  • SteersUright

    Its still just too damn large of a car for its mission. Its essentially a 2 seat sports car that is larger than many sedans, crossovers, etc. While I really dont like the new front end, I am very excited for the new V8 and possible handling improvements garnered from the GT350 cars. Now just stop making these cars 115% the size that they should be, and they might finally become true sports car rather than antiquated “muscle” cars.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    50+ years of waiting…

    And you don’t get a Shelby, and wind up with this piece of sh!t for your first facelift.

    Europeans, from the bottom of my heart, I am so sorry. Ford really shat the bed this time.

    • LWOAP

      I’m not. They get all the good stuff and screwed us over on that E36. Ok, I’m joking…..mostly.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        True. The E36 was just an insult. As is Volkswagen’s current U.S. lineup. And we don’t get the RS wagons and-

        You know what? You’re absolutely right.