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2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Test Drive Review

A mid-cycle refresh generally means a few internal and external modifications along with a bit of mechanical tweaking. For 2018, Ford has not only increased power output for both the 5.0L V-8 and EcoBoost, but there are new suspension and transmission options as well. In our opinion that transcends a standard refresh and jumps right into full revamp territory.

For the full 2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium review, specs, pricing, and data read on…

2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Plus Exterior 

Our 2018 Mustang GT Premium was equipped with the 5.0L Coyote V-8, the GT Performance Package ($3,995.00) and the MagneRide Dampening System ($1,695.00). Enthusiasts will immediately notice a lower hood line than before, a redesigned front grille, a new hood with functional heat extractors, an all-new front fascia and restyled headlamps that have been massaged into new front fenders.

The Performance Pack also adds 19×9-inch Ebony Black aluminum rims up front with 19×9.5-inch rims out back wearing 255/40-series and 275/40-series Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Out back a cosmetic deck spoiler, new tail lamps and a new rear diffusor that houses quad exhaust ports give the Mustang a muscular presence while rounding out the exterior refresh. On those cars without the Performance Package, a raised blade spoiler comes standard, or buyers can choose to delete it all together.


2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Plus Interior  

Inside you’ll notice a cabin that’s been treated to a host of improvements thanks to updated materials and new technology. Our GT Premium was pretty maxed out and came equipped with the optional 401A Equipment Group ($2,200.00) which included a multi-configurable LCD digital instrument cluster, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic temperature control, premier leather trim and voice activated navigation. At $1,595.00, we consider the optional Recaro Sport Seats a must-have item.

A new turned-aluminum dash panel with inset gauges, along with multiple seat trims, help to elevate the overall look and feel of the cabin. The real centerpiece, however, is the LCD digital instrument cluster with MyMode, which lets drivers configure the dash to the tune of three different layouts based on the vehicle’s driving mode (Normal, Sport, Track). Simulated analog gauges can be had, and if placed in Sport or Track mode, you’ll find a sweeping tachometer that runs to the cars new 7,500-rpm redline. Steering wheel mounted controls also give further access to things like fuel economy, tire pressures and other vehicle functions as well, and are displayed in the LCD cluster.

Rear seating doesn’t provide huge amounts of room for passengers but it is adequate for young children or small adults. And for those looking to travel, there’s 13.5 cubic-feet of trunk space to accommodate your luggage.


2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Plus Performance

The revamped 5.0L Coyote V-8 now utilizes sixteen injectors instead of eight, which Ford says delivers a better fuel charge and thus, more power. And by increasing the compression ratio and adding port fuel injection with direct-injection, it now produces 460 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. There’s also an increase in usable rpm (7,500, up from 7,000-rpm), which is especially nice to have if you plan on heading to a road course. For those not planning to run the curves, you’ll be happy to know that a new 10-speed automatic with paddle shifting is also available. In fact, Ford is stating that this new car, when placed in Drag Mode (new for 2018) will hit 60-mph in under 4-seconds. That’s a fast time for any performance car, at any price.

2018 also sees the addition of some trickle down technology from Ford Performance by way of chassis tweaks and the MagnaRide Damping System, a system which has the ability to change its dampening force within a millisecond and thus, provide improved handling. This, when combined with a sticky set of Michelin tires meant that the driver/road connection was the best I’ve experienced in any Mustang—aside from the 2017 Shelby GT350.

Since its inception, sound has been an integral part of the Mustang’s appeal. From the 5.0-liter Fox bodies in the 1980s, to the 4.6-liter cars of the 1990’s, Ford has always managed to make the Mustang sound like… a Mustang. Starting in 2018, buyers can now equip their vehicle with an Active Valve Performance Exhaust system which not only allows an owner to control the rumble, but more importantly, a time for which the exhaust can fully uncork itself. So don’t want to wake your neighbors when you leave for work in the morning? No problem! Simply think of this system as an alarm clock for your exhaust, and you’ll get the idea. Braking is handled by big six-piston Brembo calipers up front and pulls the Mustang to a halt in no time.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Plus Safety

Ford has also included a host of safety features (some optional) into the 2018 Mustang. Features such as airbags throughout the cabin, anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, a rearview camera, lane departure warning, distance alert and a pre-collision assist system to name a few.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Premium Plus Overall

It’s a good time to be alive if you’re a Mustang fan. Never has this car felt better, more powerful, and more refined. Be it shredding on your favorite back road, hooning at the drag strip, or simply cruising around for fun, the 2018 Ford Mustang is quite possibly the best Mustang Ford has ever built.

Drop by your local AutoNation Ford dealer today to check one out!

*Fuel economy values (mpg) are EPA estimates. Actual mileage will vary and depends on several factors including driving habits and vehicle condition.

**Vehicle MSRP of $50,770.00 excludes taxes, title, transportation, options, and dealer fees.

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