The 2018 Ford Mustang will be available to Australian customers from mid-year, bringing a sleek new design, greater on-road performance and more features to deliver the most sophisticated, rewarding-to-drive Mustang offered in this country.
Building on Mustang’s core attributes – the emotive styling, highly involving driving experience, classic burbling engine and grin inducing performance – the 2018 Mustang will offer Australians a more capable and immersive experience.
“Most people have a Mustang memory, whether it be a favourite film moment, a childhood memory or, more recently, parking one in their own garage,” said Graeme Whickman, Ford Australia President and CEO. “The updated model offers customers a raft of new features for greater capability of Australia’s best-selling sports car, which has shown how much Mustang resonates with the Australian lifestyle.”
ICONIC STYLE, UNMISTAKABLY MUSTANG
For 2018, a more athletic stance and aggressive detailing gives Mustang a menacing, confident aesthetic without diluting the classic visual drama Mustang is famous for.
Overall, the car’s exterior design is now more dynamic, with a lower, re-modelled bonnet and grille that deliver a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for the bonnet air-intakes. For the first time, the entire Mustang line up will feature all-LED front lights including signature tri-bar lighting.
The rear of the car gets revised LED taillamps for a more technical look, plus a new bumper, fascia and available performance spoiler. The V8-powered Mustang GT boasts a quad-tip exhaust as standard, along with a black rear diffuser.
Mustang EcoBoost now features a fresh alloy wheel design, while for a different look, the 19-inch Lustre Nickel alloy is available as a factory option. The GT carries over the mesh design from the current model, while also offering an optional five-spoked 19-inch forged alloy.
Bold exterior colour choices – including all-new signature Orange Fury as well as Kona Blue and Royal Crimson – combined with Over the Top (OTT) stripe packages mean that enthusiasts can order a Mustang with the look they’re after. The 2018 Mustang offers more factory-fit options than ever before, including a new single-wing rear spoiler (also part of the US-market Mustang Performance Pack).
Increased personalisation extends to the 2018 Mustang’s new cockpit, characterised by improved touch points and visual cues for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminium.
Restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns, while there’s also six-way leather-upholstered Recaro sports seating as a factory-fitted option. All Mustangs feature an instrument panel with an updated Mustang badge, while there’s a new key fob design.
TECHNOLOGY: THE MOST ADVANCED MUSTANG SOLD IN AUSTRALIA
New technologies for Mustang include a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster, inspired by the Le Mans-winning Ford GT race car. A first for Mustang, this all-new instrument cluster offers three separate views. Mustang owners can customise the displays for Normal, Sport and Track modes and choose settings, including colour and gauge layout.
In conjunction with the new display, all-new Mustang MyMode with memory function allows customers to save their favorite drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences, for next time they get behind the wheel.
The new Mustang’s engine note can be adjusted. An all-new active valve exhaust system is standard on all GT models, with a fully variable soundtrack to match the entire acceleration range. Four modes are available: Normal, Quiet, Track and Sport, tailoring the exhaust note for every occasion.
The all-new electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling to ensure the right gear at the right time. Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles allow drivers maximum manual control, while Track Apps record the action behind the wheel for driving development and satisfaction.
On all models, new shock absorbers make for better ride control, while a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabiliser bars bring sharper response and handling.
For the first time, MagneRide damper technology is an option for Mustang, designed to optimise ride and handling in all situations. Previously exclusive to the Mustang Shelby GT350, the MagneRide damping system allows automatic adjustment of each corner – up to 1,000 times per second – enabling better responsiveness and lateral performance.
The 2018 Mustang also benefits from a vast array of Ford Driver-Assist Technology (DAT). Customers can feel more confident behind the wheel thanks to new features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection as standard, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Departure Warning and Lane-Keeping Assist. Mustang also benefits from Auto-levelling headlights, as well as automatic high beam, further reducing the driver’s workload.
Ford SYNC 3i is standard on 2018 Mustang, which includes Emergency Assist. Emergency Assist automatically calls emergency services for faster response times in the event of a road traffic collision. SYNC 3 also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Autoii compatibility at no extra cost, as well as an 8.0-inch full-colour reversing camera display.
THE FASTEST MUSTANG EVER.
Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, with more power and the ability to rev higher than any Mustang GT before.
The 2018 Mustang GT has 33kW more power than its predecessor, delivering a peak of 339kW – around 450 horsepower – as standard. This power increase has been achieved with the first application for Mustang of Ford’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection on a V8 engine – delivering robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency. The 5.0-litre Coyote V8 also packs 556Nm of torque, a jump of 26Nm, while the EcoBoost delivers 224kW with 9Nm more torque, now 441Nm.
A new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, available with both EcoBoost and V8 engines, is the best automatic Mustang has ever offered and boasts Ford-patented technology. With a wide-ratio span and optimised gear spacing, this all-new transmission helps deliver higher average power for acceleration – improving responsiveness and performance. Compared to the previous six-speed, the new 10-speed transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.
The manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. For the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation.
2018 FORD MUSTANG LINE-UP
Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (manual) $49,990 MLP
Ford Mustang EcoBoost Fastback (automatic) $52,990 MLP
Ford Mustang EcoBoost Convertible (automatic) $59,490 MLP
Ford Mustang GT Fastback (manual) $62,990 MLP
Ford Mustang GT Fastback (automatic) $66,259 MLP incl LCT
Ford Mustang GT Convertible (automatic) $74,709 MLP incl LCT
2018 FORD MUSTANG – KEY FACTORY OPTIONS
OTT Stripes – black $650
OTT Stripes (Fastback only) – white $650
Single-wing rear spoiler (Fastback only) $750
Recaro leather seats (Fastback only) $3,000
19-inch Lustre Nickel alloys (EcoBoost only) $500
19-inch Forged alloys (GT Only) $2,500
MagneRide Suspension $2,750