In reporting this week on the impending demise of the V6-powered Ford Mustang for 2018, we touched on a few other changes headed to the options list – and most importantly, a new Performance Pack that we suspect will help Ford’s pony car do battle with the new Chevrolet Camaro 1LE.
Uncovered on Ford’s dealer ordering system by user XKRJAG of Mustang6G.com, an option called “Performance Pack 2” (code 673) will become available for the 2018 model year – at least on the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT. That’s all we know with any real certainty, but it seems logical that Ford’s Performance Pack 2 would be a direct response to Chevrolet’s 1LE package for the sixth-generation Camaro. Any current Ford Mustang equipped with the basic GT Performance Pack – which includes a Torsen differential with a 3.73:1 final drive ratio, 19-inch wheels with staggered Pirelli summer tires, a strut bar, front splitter, and some modest brake upgrades – is simply no match for the 1LE.
Additional options for the 2018 Ford Mustang include MagneRide dampers (option 96B), a 10-speed automatic transmission (option 44U) and a dual exhaust system (option 19B). The dual exhaust option most likely means that quad tips will finally be available from the factory, and some recent spy photos of a disguised 18MY Ford Mustang rocking a four-tipped exhaust rather suggest that’s the case.