Performance gets a significant bump
That quad exhaust lends the car a much more raspy and aggressive note, an improvement that's even more obvious in "sport mode." Numbers aren't released yet, but Ford is promising significant power gains in the V8 GT model, and improved torque and seat-of-your-pants feel in the 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder. Both are welcome changes, of course, but dwarfed by two separate introductions to Mustang's performance portfolio. The first is a new 10-speed automatic transmission, part of an interesting partnership between Ford and, oddly, Chevrolet. The new F-150 Raptor uses this transmission, as does the Camaro ZL1, and it results in more efficient use of the engine's power and lightning-fast gear changes. Simply put, it's a serious performance transmission, even though there's no clutch.
The other new development for 2018 is the introduction of MagneRide shocks -- i.e., state-of-the-art adaptable shock absorbers. These use the same tech that makes the Shelby GT350 the cornering beast that it is, but the really cool aspect here isn't that your Mustang GT might corner as well as a Shelby, though it will undoubtedly be close. You'll be able to get the shocks as part of the Performance Package, which is available even on the EcoBoost Mustang, which means an easy win for anyone looking for killer handling without breaking the bank.
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