2018 Ford Mustang GT: the Pony Car Ponies Up Performance
Few cars are as iconic as the Ford Mustang. Introduced in 1964, the car defined the class of rear-wheel drive, front-engine performance coupes that would dominate American performance car culture. Always billed as affordable performance, the newest generation doesn’t disappoint. With a starting price of only $35k for a 5.0-liter V8 powered, manual transmission sport coupe, there’s a ton of bang for the buck. Let’s take a look at the latest generation of an American classic.
There are lots of subtle changes for 2018, not the least of which is a boost in power to 460hp from the four-cam, 32-valve V-8. This is a modern reinvention of the V8 engine, not the same old engine freshened up over the years. The power delivery is relentless, and it revs beyond where you think it should. It’s a really rewarding engine to push, and the exhaust note is fantastic. The active exhaust allows you to ‘be a good neighbor’ and dial the sound down for morning startups, and there’s even a timer lockout that keeps you from waking up the kids by not allowing it to be in the loudest setting at certain times. All the tech seems a little antithetical to the idea of an analog, manual transmission coupe – but it’s seamless enough not to spoil the party.
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