According to a recent video announcement from Ford, the facelifted 2018 Mustang GT is now capable of sprinting to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in “less than four seconds.”
The exact figure remains shrouded in mystery, unfortunately, but it has the potential to actually outperform on the 60-mph threshold the 2018 Shelby GT350. What we know for sure is the refreshed 2018 GT is now packing a reworked 5.0-liter that has 460 horsepower (343 kilowatts) and 420 pound-feet (569 Newton-meters) of torque, compared to the predecessor that rocked 435 hp (324 kW) and 400 lb-ft (542 Nm). The upgrade includes both high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection, while the compression ratio surged from 11:1 to 12:1.
But you’ll only achieve the new 60 mph time if you have some amenities – the 2018 Mustang GT needs to be equipped with the new 10-speed automatic gearbox, set it in Drag Strip mode and have the Performance Pack’s bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. “Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” explains Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer. “In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission.” Car and Driver as well as Motor Trend performed their tests on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang – which touches 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and 4.1 seconds, respectively. In addition, Ford also updated the EcoBoost Mustang – the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder has the same 310 horsepower, but now makes 350 lb-ft (475 Nm), versus 320 lb-ft (434 Nm).