Ford was quite proud last year to announced that they’d managed to wrest an extra 25 horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque out of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine in the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. As they should be; the new-and-improved petrol engine’s 460 horsepower puts it quite close to that magical 100 horsepower-per-liter figure, and for a normally-aspirated production V8 in an attainable, mass-market product, that’s pretty commendable.
Ford made a big deal, too, of the 2018 Mustang GT’s sub-four-second 0-to-60 time when equipped with the 10-speed automatic transmission, although the automaker never came forward with an official quarter-mile estimate. Thankfully, the folks at Hot Rod have provided us with one, testing the refreshed Mustang GT at the drag strip and achieving a best result of 11.83 seconds at 119.51 mph. The car tested was equipped with the 10-speed auto and the available Level 1 Performance Pack – an option previously not available with automatic cars. That lent the car an upgraded suspension, 3.55 rear gearing, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S rubber.
Even when the 2018 Ford Mustang GT wasn’t running quite so briskly, Hot Rod still got it to break into the 11s with relative ease. The only bit of “modification” the guys needed to post such times was to optimize the front and rear tire pressures for drag racing – 45 psi front, 26 psi rear.
So if you were wondering whether it’s really worth it to step up from a 2015 or 2016 Mustang GT to the refreshed 2018 model, add this to your “pros” list for the 2018: with the Performance Pack and a 10-speed automatic, it’s an 11-second car straight from the factory.