Just as before, the 2018 Mustang GT is getting an optional Performance Package that brings stiffer suspension, bigger Brembo brakes, and other performance goodies to the table. Ford might be augmenting it with a so-called "Level 2" Performance Package that's set to arrive after launch. This package isn't confirmed yet, but there's a lot of evidence that points to its arrival.
Note: European-spec 2018 Mustang GT pictured above.
came from a user on the Mustang6G.com forum claiming to be a Ford dealer employee. Last November—two months before the 2018 Mustang debuted—the user posted some of the colors and option codes for the upcoming car. So far, every single one of the options listed in that post has been confirmed, save for the Performance Package Level 2.
In July, AutoGuide published what it claims is for the 2018 Mustang that also references the Performance Package Level 2. This guide says that it'll only be offered for manual-transmission Mustang GT coupes with the Premium Package.
surfaced on Mustang6G in August that makes a quick reference to the Performance Package Level 2. This guide, designed to help customers customize their 2018 Mustangs, shows a set of 19-inch wheels saying that they're "included in GT Performance Package Level 2," which will be available in December.
We haven't yet seen these wheels in any official capacity, but longtime aftermarket supplier CJ Pony Parts uncovered pictures of a 2018 wearing them. Interestingly, the Mustang equipped with these wheels is riding on a set of Michelin's track-ready Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. These tires come standard on the Shelby GT350R, and represent a significant upgrade over the GT Performance Package's Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires, at least where dry grip is concerned.
Per , these wheels will also be available on non-Premium Package Mustang GT Fastbacks, but there's no mention of a Performance Package Level 2 for this specific model. The ordering guide doesn't specify tires, either.
A Ford representative told us that the company has "[n]o news to share on Performance Pack Level 2 today." That's not a confirmation, but it's not a denial either.
So, there are a lot of signs pointing to Ford building a more track-focused Mustang GT, but there's still a lot we don't know. Still, the fact that a 2018 test vehicle is running around on Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires indicates that Ford is serious about a making a rival to the Camaro SS 1LE.