2018 Ford Mustang GT To Make 455 Horsepower?

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Ford North America Product Communications Manager Mike Levine may have just let the cat out of the bag with regard to how much power the refreshed, 2018 Ford Mustang GT makes with its dual-injected 5.0-liter V8.

We have to stress the “may have,” for reasons that will shortly become apparent.

In a Tweet last week, Mr. Levine shared a photo of the facelifted Mustang’s new 12-inch digital instrument panel, asking users to “find the Easter Eggs.” AutoGuide‘s Mike Accardi was quick to point out the two most obvious ones: the reading of 1964.5 miles on the odometer refers to the first half-model-year of the original Ford Mustang, while the display of 289 miles to empty is a nod to the cubic-inch displacement of the pony car’s original V8.

But then, there’s the matter of the two largest numbers on the digital IP: “4” and “55,” displaying the current gear selection and speed in miles-per-hour, respectively. This, Accardi points out, may well be the horsepower rating of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s reworked 5.0-liter V8.

Importantly, 455 horsepower would put the Mustang GT dead even with the 2016+ Chevrolet Camaro and its 6.2-liter LT1. It’s also entirely believable, representing a mere 20-horsepower bump over the 2015-2017 model – easily attainable for an engine with a new, factory quad-tip exhaust and direct injection.

Alas, it’s also far from certain. We hope to clear this one up soon.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. “It’s also entirely believable, representing a mere 20-horsepower bump over the 2015-2017 model – easily attainable for an engine with a new, factory quad-tip exhaust and direct injection.”

    Bringing up an exhaust like its a factor in horsepower. Please. Do you believe in back pressure too? Anything past the cats is either weightloss or waste of time.

    Also, 20HP for an NA 5.0L engine is A LOT. Mere? You know nothing, especially of how much ford has been squeezing the 5.0 for more and more. Its quite impressive. The only thing you did mention was DI.. so i guess you know one thing.

    • Thanks for weighing in.

      Twenty horsepower represents less than a 5% increase in output; I think the word “mere” is entirely adequate. That phrasing wasn’t meant to diminish the fact that it’s already an impressively power-dense motor.

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