Track Pack Battle: Which Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Should You Choose?

The facelifted Ford Mustang GT offers two Performance Packages for customers who want to take their pony car to the track.

Both performance packages bring wheel, tire and suspension updates that make the Mustang GT more suitable for track use. But which one is better, the GT Performance Package or the Performance Package – Level 2?

Well, as the comparison from reveals, that depends a lot on what type of track enthusiast you are.

If you like to go out on the circuit occasionally, you might want to consider the PP1, which offers Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires measuring 225/40 R19 at the front and 275/40 R19 at the rear. The performance-oriented rubber is more common on European sports cars than American pony cars, and offers a good compromise between street and track use.

PP1 also includes Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, heavy-duty front springs, unique chassis tuning, a larger radiator, performance rear wing, upsized rear sway bar, plus a unique calibration of the stability control, EPAS and ABS systems, among other things. It also comes with a Torsen differential with a 3.73 axle ratio on manual models and 3.55 axle ratio on automatic models. That’s a lot of stuff for $3,995, don’t you think?

Maybe, but you might want to wait until you see what the $6,500 PP2 adds. First of all, it comes with wider rims and tires sized 305/30 R19 all around. The rubber is Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2, which is significantly stickier on the track but less usable on the street. The pack also adds the MagneRide damping system calibrated for the track (optional on PP1), unique track inspired springs and sway bar, high performance front splitter, and unique rear spoiler, among other things. PP2 is restricted to Fastback models and only comes with the 6-speed manual transmission, while the PP1 can also be had with the 10-speed auto and on the Convertible, too.

Now that you know what each Performance Package brings, it’s time to watch the video that settle this dispute.

  • MonkeyRider

    PP1 front size is 255, not 225.

  • SteersUright

    Well that sucks. PP2 looks great with those wide wheels and tires but apparently is horrible as a street car. Yet somehow, the Camaro 1LE has been relentless praised for its ability to excel on both track and street (visibility issues aside).

    • eb110americana

      Personally, I would go for the PP2 anyway, then probably swap the Sport Cup 2 tires for PS4S when they wear out–which won’t take long with their soft compound. But I like a car that trades ride comfort for edgy handling chops.

  • Vassilis

    PP2 for me but with more everyday tyres.

  • Brent Morrison

    Which one runs over faster at a group of crowds?

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