The Mustang has been an automotive icon for over half a century, and the 2018 Ford Mustang GT proves the Blue Oval isn’t resting on its laurels. Want some proof? The 2018 GT will get to 60 mph faster than another automotive icon, the Porsche 911 Carrera — and it will do it for a fraction of the price.
At this point, we don’t have an exact figure, as Ford is just saying the time is less than four seconds.
That said? There’s one important caveat here. In order to get the Stuttgart-smoking performance, buyers will have to opt for Ford’s ten-speed automatic. For many enthusiasts — and some of your humble AutoNation Drive scribes — that’s a deal breaker, because knowing you’re a couple of tenths quicker in the standard sprint is nothing in comparison to the joys found in rowing your own. Fortunately, a six-speed manual is still available.
Both the manual and the automatic are mated to Ford’s freshly tuned 5.0-liter V-8, which is packing 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, but the secret to the auto’s blistering zero-to-60 time is the car’s drag strip mode. This setting complements normal, sport, track, and snow/wet settings, and ensures there’s no loss of torque while banging through the gears. Another fun feature that Mustang buyers can look forward to is line-lock, which allows drivers to lock the front brakes and safely spin the rear tires. Basically, it’s a burnout mode, and while there’s no real use for it unless you’re using special drag slicks, it sure does look cool.
The 2018 Ford Mustang line isn’t due to officially launch until this fall, so we’re still in the dark about a couple of other notable specs — including MSRP and fuel economy ratings — but we don’t expect any particularly dramatic revelations there. One thing we can say? All the recent Mustang variants we’ve driven have been a blast, so if you’re looking for a fun, comfortable, practical ride, you owe it to schedule a test drive with your local AutoNation Ford dealer. You won’t regret it.