Ford Mustang GT scores Drag Mode

25 July, 2017, 12:18 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • 2018 Ford Mustang GT does 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds, has 460 horsepower

Not content with styling, engine and transmission updates for the 2018 Mustang - not to mention a burnout mode that is likely to be ruled out for Australia - Ford has confirmed a fifth selectable drive mode system for 2018 called "drag strip mode".

At the heart of Ford's pony auto since 2011 is the 5.0-liter V8, now with dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection for increased power and efficiency. Outputs are now up to 343kW/570Nm, according to Ford - thanks in part to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, high-pressure direct fuel injection and low-pressure port fuel injection.

Much of the Mustang GT's improved acceleration time can also be attributed to the new, Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission, which features a wider range of ratios and optimised gear spacing.

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"Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time", said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer.

With a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine lurking under the hood generating 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, you might be surprised to hear that the Bentley Continental GT V8 S is slower to 60 miles per hour than the Mustang GT, clocking in at 4.3 seconds. When this 460hp V8 is mated to the new 10-speed automatic transmission, Ford promises that the 2018 Mustang GT will dash from 0-60 in less than 4 seconds.

While the GT Edition cracks the 4-second barrier, the EcoBoost-equipped 2018 Mustang also gets a speed boost. Ford is certainly chasing after Chevy here, too; we measured a Camaro SS automatic hitting 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds. The Ford Mustang GT now offers more power than the Camaro SS while the base model Mustang EcoBoost should be significantly more powerful than the base model Camaro.

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Ok, it might not be the safest vehicle on the roads, but the Ford Mustang is certainly a whole lot of fun. The 10-speed architecture features Ford-patented power-flow and Ford-patented direct-acting hydraulic controls. Dag Strip Mode is just one of five modes available to the driver with the new model, each of which suits a different kind of driving scenario.

The 2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost will deliver 310 horsepower and 350lb-ft of torque, up 30lb-ft from the 2017 Mustang EcoBoost.

"We will announce Australian specs for the new Mustang in the near future", Ford Australia product communications manager Damion Smy tells MOTOR.

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