The new Chevrolet Camaro is as good as ever, and that makes life tough for the Ford Mustang. The Mustang is getting refreshed for 2018 though, and Ford is making some big changes to fight its closest rival. Changes like MagneRide dampers, a ten-speed automatic, and a new Performance Package are all in store.
Oh, and the V6 Mustang is apparently dead.
A user on enthusiast forum Mustang6G.com , revealing the significant updates Ford has planned. Most notable are MagneRide dampers (available only on the Shelby GT350 currently), a ten-speed auto, and interestingly, an option dubbed "Performance Package 2."
Both the Mustang EcoBoost and GT are currently offered with Performance Packages, but this addition signals Ford might have something to better rival the track-ready Camaro 1LE. Also intriguing are options for Dual Exhaust and a Carbon Sport Package. The former is likely a system like the Shelby GT350's dual-mode exhaust, but the latter? That's anyone's guess.
The Camaro currently offers Magnetic Ride Shocks and a dual-mode exhaust, so these Mustang updates help it reach parity with its rival. Given that Ford and GM co-developed the ten-speed auto, expect to see it across the Camaro range too.
The death of the V6 Mustang isn't a surprise, either. With the EcoBoost positioned as the entry-level performance counterpart to the GT, the V6 was a leftover from a bygone era, mostly doomed to rental fleets. Considering the EcoBoost is more powerful than the V6 too, the latter seems quite redundant.
These are all welcome changes for the Mustang, and they give us a reason to hold another pony car battle. We should find out exactly what Ford has up its sleeve sometime next year.