The 2018 Ford Mustang Kills The V6, But Gets Magnetic Ride

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Yes, the face of the 2018 Ford Mustang looks awfully sad. Is it sad because it no longer comes with a V6 engine option? Who can say. But there is good news: a new 10-speed automatic gearbox, new colors, and best of all, a magnetic ride suspension.

AU Editor's Note: We're checking with Ford what spec differences -- if any -- the 2018 Mustang will have for Australian buyers. We didn't get the V6 in Australia any way, so c'est la vie. Stay tuned! -- Cam

We’ve heard rumblings that Ford would dump the V6 engine option -- which only accounted for about 15 percent of sales -- for 2018 to only offer the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which had more power anyway, and the 5.0-liter V8. Now we know it’s the truth. Godspeed, V6 Mustang. I greet this news with a resounding “meh.”

Now then, the improvements. Three new colors, including “Orange Fury,” which you see in these photos, according to Automotive News. The face is different—it looks better than it did in yesterday’s leak, I’ll give it that—the hood is lower, and both engines can be had with Ford’s new 10-speed automatic transmission. The manual transmission has also been upgraded with a new twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel.

More importantly the EcoBoost and GT Performance Packs get available MagneRide magnetorheological adaptive dampers, Road & Track reports. This adaptive suspension, once pretty much the purview of expensive supercars, puts the Mustang on par with the Chevrolet Camaro, which has packed it since 2015 (and earlier on the Camaro ZL1.) Previously that suspension was a feature on the more expensive Shelby GT350; now it’s much more democratized.

No word yet on official pricing -- we will update this post if that changes -- but these improvements could make this the best non-Shelby modern Mustang yet. If you can live with that face.



    Given Australia never had the option of a V6 means this is totally irrelevant...

    if it was 100kg lighter and even just 5% bloody smaller it wouldn't be such a massive looking sports car still

      But the point is, it is a massive sports car. And the V8 goes thru traffic like a boss!

    In the US, only college girls bought the V6. V8 or go home.

      Couldn't agree more.....and there's a 4 cylinder version! Who the hell would buy that?

      I've been in a 2016 V8....absolute beast!

    Facelift looks worse, dual clutch means it'll need replacing far sooner then a single, yes ford screw up the look of the mustang and screw your loyal customers over with new parts, but hey use can't even have any in stock to buy any single day someone might be interested and considering most new mustang owners don't exactly own the car out right, the banks do haha, because why not so interested five years ago in mustang Australians ? oh that's right the banks and finance wont cover imported and converted cars, but hey ford would sell more mustang if they where available, but expect a backlash in a couple to few years once those dual clutches give way, oh and expect a backlash on those hybrid electrical mustangs in 2020 to ford whoop whoop

      (As much as I would have LOVED to approve this comment, unfortunately it completely breached Community Guildelines. No personal attacks, please.)

    guess everyone heard about the 2/5 star crash rating death trap.... pretty bad.

      That's a sensationalist and misleading comment.

      Australian racing driver John Bowe chipped in with his thoughts on this discussion, which I will share for your consideration

      There's a bit of misinformation getting around in social media land regarding the Mustang Euro NCAP testing, plus a few of you have asked my opinion here on Facebook.
      I'm not a spokesperson for Ford, but I do understand the business well enough to answer/respond to the question.

      So here goes.

      Firstly, testing is not mandatory. In fact, the researchers among you might like to compile a list of cars that have NOT been tested. You'll be surprised! Expensive Euro sports cars would dominate the list. But does that mean they're not safe?? No, not in the slightest. Generally, the more expensive the vehicle, the less likely they are to be tested.

      Getting back to the Mustang test, with the new testing regulations introduced only recently, there are 4 categories that are somewhat skewed towards family passenger/SUV cars.

      One of the categories is Driver Safety Assist. This is where the Mustang scored a 2 rating.

      In the other 3 categories Mustang scored up to 5 (out of 5). So you see, it's dangerous to look at part of the result in isolation (or believe the news headlines only). You need to know the whole story.

      The Mustang does not have Lane Departure Warning, nor Auto Emergency Braking, two of the components on the checklist in the 'Safety Assist' category. Hence the rating of 2 stars for Active Safety Assist.

      The 2 star result in this category determined the overall rating. The Ford Mustang is the first car of its type (that is, it’s the first sports car) to be tested to the new regulations.
      There are plenty of expensive sports cars coming out of Europe that also don’t have features like Auto Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning.

      I've read balanced reports and also read some very unbalanced/biased reports, plus
      I've driven quite a lot of Mustangs since their release, and was even at Sandown just last Saturday with over 30 Mustang owners.
      After all of that there is no question in my mind whether the Mustang drives, stops and handles really well.

      Would I buy one based on what we all know? I most certainly would!

      If you were planning to buy one, go for it. The feedback from owners I've met is that the Mustang is well beyond their expectations.

      I hope that clears it up!
      Cheers JB

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