When Ford initially introduced the specs behind the 2018 Mustang GT with the obtainable Efficiency Package deal, the horse automobile seemed like an actual competitor to the Chevrolet Camaro SS. With 460 hp on faucet and a Zero-60-mph time of 4 seconds — with the 10-speed computerized transmission — the brand new Mustang GT and the Camaro SS can commerce punches like two heavyweights. Now that Ford put the V8-powered Camaro on discover, the automaker is wanting upstream, in direction of the Camaro SS 1LE.
Over the weekend, Ford held an small occasion at Wind Tunnel eight, which the automaker has used to check each single one among its autos since 2001, the place it unveiled a brand new Efficiency Pack for the 2018 Mustang GT. Efficiency Pack Stage 2, as Ford’s engineers name it, was created from the get-go to push the Mustang GT’s boundaries of grip.
The brand new Stage 2 pack builds on the GT Efficiency Package deal, protecting the massive Brembo six-piston brakes on the entrance, a Torsen rear differential with a Three.73 axle ratio, the bigger radiator, particular chassis and anti-lock brake tuning, a k-brace, and a silver-painted strut tower brace and including extra rubber, extra aggressive aero and stiffer suspension parts.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are customary with the package deal they usually measure in at an enormous 305/30R-19s on all 4 corners. The 19-inch aluminum wheels on the entrance are half an inch smaller than the 19-by-11-inch models on the again, regardless of being wrapped in the identical tire. The Michelins are roughly 1.5 inches wider than the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires on the common GT Efficiency Package deal and drop the Mustang GT’s trip top by nearly half an inch. In addition they assist give the already muscular Mustang a extra menacing look.
Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires are customary with the package deal — they measure in at an enormous 305/30R-19s on all 4 corners.
The MagneRide dampers, that are additionally customary, have a customized tune for the brand new pack, whereas the electrical power-assisted steering system additionally has distinctive tuning. Beneath, the pack provides stiffer stabilizer bars — the one within the again is 67 good stiffer, the entrance bar is 12 p.c stiffer — and it has stiffer springs in the back and front, as nicely, measuring in at 12 and 13 p.c stiffer, respectively. These figures are in comparison with the parts discovered on the GT Efficiency Package deal.
The meatier tires, stiffer suspension parts and MagneRide dampers are simple to overlook, however the brand new aero parts aren’t. The entrance finish incorporates a Three-inch splitter, which was created with the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca in thoughts that provides roughly 24 kilos of downforce at 80 mph. To make sure that the car is balanced, the workforce tacked a small, however purposeful rear spoiler onto the trunk that produces round 40 kilos of downforce on the similar velocity.
The Efficiency Pack Stage 2, based on Ford’s engineers, has helped make the most recent Mustang GT probably the most impartial pony automobile from the present era and one hell of a riot to drive. Efficiency clever, the brand new package deal has 40 p.c extra grip than the common GT Efficiency Package deal and might pull 1.05 gs on a skidpad. That final determine is a big enchancment over the common pack’s Zero.97 gs. Round Grattan Raceway, which is positioned in Belding, Michigan, Ford’s engineers declare the grippier pack is able to slicing Three.5 seconds off of a Mustang with the GT Efficiency Pack’s time. Clearly, the workforce that labored after hours knew what it was doing.
The additional efficiency bits, particularly the super-sticky Cup 2 tires, could make the Efficiency Pack Stage 2 appear like vital for any fanatic seeking to spend a considerable amount of time on a observe. However Ford claims that the package deal isn’t for observe days. That job is for the Shelby-branded Mustangs. And, on the different finish of the spectrum, it’s a little bit too hardcore for day by day use. As a substitute, the brand new package deal is aimed instantly at fans who take pleasure in storming down, or up, a winding street. Coincidentally, the Efficiency Pack Stage 2 matches snuggly in between a Mustang GT with the GT Efficiency Package deal and the Shelby GT350.
The package deal can be obtainable on 2018 Mustang GTs and can price $6,500. That makes it $2,505 greater than the GT Efficiency Package deal, however a worthy improve, because the MagneRide system itself is an extra $1,695 on the cheaper efficiency pack. ? Yeah, we’re too. Fans higher act quick, as Ford plans to restrict availability to simply 1,500 Stage 2 Packs per mannequin yr. That’s not so much. And we anticipate the package deal to be standard, because it’s obtainable as a stripper mannequin with material seats — don’t fear, the automobile will also be fitted with material or leather-based Recaros — and solely comes with a handbook transmission.