There has been lots of great news about Ford’s iconic sports coupe over the past few years — and now we have some more. Because if recent spy shots are any indication, the 2018 Mustang GT will have a 7500 rpm redline.
Our eagle-eyed friends at Motor Authority spotted the jump, which means we’re going see even more power from the already-potent 5.0-liter Coyote V-8. Those keeping score at home will note the new max is still 500 short of the 8000 rps the flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter in the Shelby GT350R is good for — but that engine is a completely different animal. In current trim, the GT’s engine puts out 435 horsepower, and while we’re not exactly sure how the new redline — and direct injection — will translate to bottom line poke, company spokesmen have been clear that the forthcoming model will get a boost. So we’ll just have to wait and see.
As you might expect, the additional horsepower isn’t the only improvement we’re going to see on the refreshed 2018 Mustang. Those who like to row their own gears will appreciate that the new 6-speed manual’s twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel is lifted from the GT350, and there will also be a new exhaust system punctuating in a quad set up out back. To help cornering, magnetic damping will be available for the first time, and we urge enthusiasts who haven’t experienced the precision of such systems to head to their local AutoNation Ford dealer and try them out. Seriously, you’ll be impressed.
Along with the mechanical upgrades, there will also be some tweaks to the exterior, including a new grille, lower hood vents, and redesigned front fenders. While these changes might go unnoticed to casual fans, the now-standard LED headlights and available LED front turn signals will contribute to the latest Mustang’s presence on the road.
Truth be told, for those who grew up with Mustangs, the refinements seen over the past few years have been nothing short of a revelation. Just the long-awaited move to independent rear suspension catapulted Ford’s pony car into a realm where it can hang, and even outperform, former class kings like the BMW 3 Series. Just a few years ago, that would have been unthinkable — it’s a great time to be a Ford fan.
There’s sure to be more info about the 2018 Mustang before it makes its official debut this fall, so stay tuned.