2018 Ford Mustang GT (Sixth Generation facelift)

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Have a look at the 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible

Just last week we got to see the facelifted Ford Mustang Coupe. As a follow-up to this, the blue oval has taken the cover off the drop-top variant which will tour various auto shows across the USA before going on sale at the end of this year.

Visually, the Mustang Convertible seems to have fallen inline with the facelift seen on the coupe. It is presumed that this model will use the same soft-top mechanism found on the current shape.

Just to recap, the Mustang Facelift will feature revised versions of the current 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine and the traditional naturally aspirated 5,0-litre V8 mill with a six-speed manual or 10-speed automatic transmission.

The models will also feature a new MagneRide suspension to improve its handling capabilities. This addition, however is optional.

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Here's why the new Mustang's start button 'pulses'

The recently revealed 2018 Ford Mustang features an engine start/stop button that pulses red once the vehicle’s doors are unlocked.

The ignition button – which is encased in an aluminium ring and positioned on the lower driver’s side of the centre stack – continues to pulsate until the engine is started, beating at exactly 30 times a minute.

Why? Well, Ford says this “mirrors the resting heart rate of a pony”, giving the Mustang “a heartbeat of sorts”.

The 2018 Mustang also features an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission, the option of adaptive suspension and a customisable 12-inch digital instrument display (read more about that here).

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Here’s which ‘film villain’ inspired Mustang’s design

A Ford design executive has revealed which famous movie villain inspired the styling of the front end of the 2018 Mustang.

That’s right, Darth Vader from the Star Wars franchise served as a muse for designers working on the facelifted ‘Stang, according to Ford’s design manager, Melvin Betancourt.

“When we were designing the new 2018 Mustang, the team wanted to make the new model look more aggressive, and one place where we found inspiration was one of the most famous screenplay villains of all time,” Betancourt told Autoblog (head over to the US publication to see a front-on comparison between the Mustang and the mask).

“The angled nostrils and contours of Darth Vader’s mask became the inspiration for the Mustang’s new foglamp scoops and front-end shape,” he revealed.

Squint and you might notice that the Mustang’s trapezoidal lower grille – and those new foglamps – do look somewhat like the Darth Vader’s mouthpiece. Can you see the resemblance?

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AND THE BEST-SELLING SPORTSCAR IN EUROPE IS…

Europe has access to a catalogue of impressive performance cars built and developed on its own soil, which is why it may come as somewhat of a surprise that the best-selling sportscar in its market in recent times is actually American. That’s right, after claiming the world’s best selling sportscar last year, the Ford Mustang has added to its accolades by claiming the top spot in the European market.

According to the IHS Markit new vehicle registration data of 2016, Ford was able to sell some 15 335 Mustangs in France, Sweden, Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Finland and Greece, and an additional 3 250 units in the United Kingdom, last year. This contributed to the Mustang’s 6% growth in global sales over 2015.

Roelant de Waard, vice president of marketing, sales & service at Ford Europe, also confirmed that the Mustang sold about 3 600 units in the first quarter of 2017, adding that the European market played a large part in the Mustang’s global success.

The Ford Mustang is currently available in 140 different countries. According to Lightstone Auto, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa sold some 860 units of the Mustang in South Africa in 2016.

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FORD EXTENDS ‘BURNOUT’ MODE TO FOUR-POT MUSTANG

If you want Ford’s so-called “electronic line-lock” feature in the current Mustang, you have to buy one of the V8 derivatives (which, let’s face it, you should be doing anyway). But when the facelifted model arrives, Ford says the burnout function will have been extended to the four-cylinder EcoBoost variants, too.

That’s right, what Ford describes as a “track-exclusive feature” will be standard on all new Mustangs (except those in Australia, probably) from 2018, including those equipped with the 2,3-litre four-pot. The feature is available regardless of whether the six-speed manual or new 10-speed automatic transmission is specified.

Models equipped with the 12-inch digital instrument display will furthermore feature a “video-game-like animation” of a spinning alloy wheel kicking up a cloud of smoke to indicate when the electronic line-lock feature is activated (see animation below).

Forgot how the system works? Well, using steering wheel-mounted thumb switches, the driver toggles through a menu on the instrument cluster to activate electronic line-lock. Once engaged, the system builds pressure on the front brake callipers. Another button press holds the pressure for up to 15 seconds, allowing the driver to hit the throttle and spin the rear wheels while the car stays in place.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager.

“The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/ford-extends-burnout-mode-to-four-pot-mustang/

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Update: 2018 Ford Mustang 2.3 EcoBoost Gets Line-Lock (Video)

The facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018 and will offer a load of new technology and customisation options and what's better, it will be louder too. The latest news from Ford is that all 2018 Mustangs will be fitted with the track-only Line-Lock feature, which means that customers who purchase the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang will now be able to burnout the rear tyres, just like its brawny 5.0-litre V8 sibling.

The Ford Mustang is currently the best-selling sports car in South Africa and it topped the global sports car charts in 2016. The facelifted Mustang, due locally in 2018, is sure to resonate well with local Mustang fans who will be happy to know that all 2018 Mustangs, including the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang, will be fitted with the track-only Line-Lock feature, which was previously only offered on the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang. What's more, an industry-first animation showing a wheel doing a burnout when Line-Lock is active will be displayed on the new 12-inch digital display.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

Don't know what Line-Lock is? Watch the video below to see a 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang doing a Line-Lock burnout!

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/update-2018-ford-mustang-23-ecoboost-gets-line-lock-video/42990/

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FORD REVEALS RETRO STYLING PACK FOR 2018 MUSTANG

Ford has revealed a new retro “Pony Package” conceived for the facelifted Mustang.

Set to be available for EcoBoost variants only, the styling package gives a nod to the nameplate’s heritage with its grille-mounted “pony-in-corral” chrome badge design.

This badge design first appeared on the Mustang back in the mid-1960s, when the car was still in its concept phase. And it has appeared in various forms since, including as part of an anniversary package in 2015.

In addition to the pony-in-corral grille badge, the package includes 19-inch polished alloys, bright beltline and window trim (for the fastback model), “premium” floor mats with Ebony embroidered pony logos, stripes on the lower body flanks and a tri-bar pony badge on the rear.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/ford-reveals-retro-styling-pack-for-2018-mustang/





 

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FORD SAYS NEW MUSTANG IS ‘FASTER THAN PORSCHE 911’

Ford says that its facelifted Mustang GT accelerates “faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera”, completing the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) dash in less than four seconds thanks largely to a new Drag Strip mode.

Billed as the “most advanced and powerful” Mustang GT yet, the updated model now makes 343 kW and 569 N.m from its 5,0-litre V8 heart, which can be mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission.

Add the new Drag Strip mode and “optimised traction” courtesy of the custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres in the optional Performance Pack, and the ‘Stang suddenly promises to be rather quick off the line.

“Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer, explaining that the new Drag Strip mode is “primarily controlled by the transmission”.

“In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission.”

And the smaller, 2,3-litre EcoBoost engine? Well, the four-cylinder mill now generates 231 kW and 475 N.m. In Drag Strip mode with the Performance Package fitted and the 10-speed automatic specified, Ford says the EcoBoost-powered Mustang will run the 0-60 mph sprint in “under five seconds”.

http://www.carmag.co.za/news_post/ford-says-new-mustang-is-faster-than-porsche-911/

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New Mustang quicker than a 911 Carrera - Ford

We’ve already shown you what Ford’s updated 2018 Mustang looks like, and told you all about its advanced gizmotronics in our world reveal story, back in January.

But what’s more important in a Pony Car, especially one intended for world distribution, are the ponies under the bonnet. Now Ford has released details of the 2018 Mustang powertrains - and, on paper at least, they are really impressive.

Ford is quoting a 0-100km/h blast-off time for the flagship GT variant of less than four seconds in Drag Strip mode, making it the most powerful and fastest accelerating Mustang GT yet; it’s also quicker to 100km/h than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

The GT’s five-litre V8 has been revised to combine high-pressure direct fuel-injection and low-pressure intake port injection, to give you the best of both worlds: improved torque and response at low revs as well as more top-end power.

The result, according to chief engineer Carl Widmann, is an 18kW improvement in peak power, from 325 to 343kW, and a 5.7 percent increase in torque, from 540 to 570Nm.

New 10-speed transmission

The previous model's six-speed ‘box has been replaced by a new 10 speed paddle-shift transmission - designed and built in-house - with direct-acting hydraulic controls and real-time adaptive shift scheduling. It has specific mappings for each of the five selectable drive modes - Normal, Sport, Track, Drag Strip and Snow/Wet - including skip-shift and direct downshifting.

And lastly, Widmann gives credit to the specially designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires that come with the new Performance Pack, for improving traction off the line (and everywhere else).

The 2.3-litre turbopetrol four has also been retuned; power is unchanged at 233kW, torque is up 40Nm to 470Nm. In Drag Strip mode, with Performance Package, 0-100 time is quoted at ‘under five seconds’.

Ford SA has yet to confirm when the facelifted and beef-injected Mustangs will be released in South Africa - as soon as we hear, so will you.

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/new-mustang-quicker-than-a-911-carrera---ford-10461427
 

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Update: 2018 Ford Mustang Performance Figures Revealed

The facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2018 and will offer a load of new technology and customisation options and what's better, it will be louder too. Ford has now revealed outputs and performance figures for the updated Mustang, take a look at the details below.

The Ford Mustang is currently the best-selling sports car in South Africa and it topped the global sports car charts in 2016. The facelifted Mustang, due locally in 2018, is sure to resonate well with local Mustang fans. The latest news to come from Ford sheds some light on the performance capability of the updated Mustang.

In terms of engines, a retuned 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine will offer 231 kW and torque has been increased to 475 Nm for better wide-open throttle acceleration. In Drag Strip mode with the Performance Package and the 10-speed automatic, Ford says the EcoBoost Mustang will accelerate to 97 kph (60 mph) in under five seconds.

As for the brawny 5.0-litre V8, it's been extensively reworked and outputs have been bumped up to 343 kW and 569 Nm of torque. The power increase comes from dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection. It's claimed to deliver a bit more low-down torque, high-rpm power and improved fuel economy. The manual gearbox has been re-engineered and now includes a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel. However, the headline news is the introduction of Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission to the Ford Mustang range. Ford says that the 5.0 V8 Mustang GT, in drag strip mode, will accelerate to 97 kph in under 4 seconds, making it faster than a Porsche 911 Carrera.

Using a new 10-speed automatic transmission, the latest Ford Mustang will offer enhanced performance.

Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer says, "Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time. In Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when you’re shifting. You get peak engine torque and horsepower straight through thanks to our new Ford-built 10-speed transmission.” Drag strip mode, primarily controlled by the transmission, is designed to provide maximum acceleration and performance for straight-line driving. It delivers significant acceleration boost and eliminates lost time during automatic shifting. Compared with the outgoing 6-speed transmission, the new 10-speed automatic shifts faster with better low-speed tip-in.

A few weeks ago Ford announced that all 2018 Mustangs, including the 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang, will be fitted with the track-only Line-Lock feature, which was previously only offered on the 5.0-litre V8 Mustang. What's more, an industry-first animation showing a wheel doing a burnout when Line-Lock is active will be displayed on the new 12-inch digital display.

“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”

http://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/update-2018-ford-mustang-performance-figures-revealed-with-video/42990/
 

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Ford Mustang: Sales slumping in the US, still a hit in SA

On any given day this summer, you might find 97-year-old Lennart Ribring driving his 2016 Ford Mustang GT on a winding road near his home in Sweden. Or you might see Chris Fitzpatrick polishing his 1967 Mustang convertible in Auckland, New Zealand.

Guo Xin might be working on a Mustang in his car repair shop in Beijing, while in England, a happy bride and groom drive off in a Mustang GT California Special.

More than 50 years after it was introduced, the world remains captivated by the Mustang. Ford will ship the quintessential American car to 140 countries in 2017.

"It has a mass appeal," says John Heitmann, a history professor at the University of Dayton and the author of "The Automobile and American Life." ''Cars, historically, have been so closely tied to status and class, but the Mustang transcends so many different class distinctions."

Ford's growling pony car became the best-selling sports car in the world last year, with more than 150 000 sold, according to IHS Markit. Mustang sales are slipping in the U.S., where overall sales are softening. U.S. Mustang sales fell 13 percent last year, and they're down 29 percent so far this year.

But rising sales elsewhere could help the Mustang retain the global crown.

Mustang sales were up 40 percent in the first half of this year in China, where Guo owns three of them, including a 2005 GT convertible.

The former race car driver finds Mustangs tougher and more fun to drive than European or Japanese sports cars. The Mustang beat out two sleeker European rivals, the BMW 4 Series and the Porsche 911, to become No. 1.

"I like what is simple and rough in a Mustang," says Guo, who leads the Mustang Club of China, with more than 3000 members.

The car's largest fan club, the Mustang Club of America, has around 12 000 members. But there are hundreds of smaller ones. The Icelandic Mustang Club boasts 200 members.

Fans have been importing individual Detroit-built Mustangs for decades, but Ford recently put in the engineering muscle to ensure that the cars could be sold in dealerships around in the world.

The sixth-generation Mustang, released in 2015, is the first that comes in both right-hand and left-hand drive versions. Its air conditioning system was built to withstand blowing sand in the Middle East, while its front end conforms to European pedestrian-safety regulations.

New markets for the Mustang this year include Brazil, Ivory Coast and Palau.

Ford's global push makes the Mustang more accessible to longtime fans like Fitzpatrick. When he was a teenager in New Zealand, American-made cars were expensive status symbols. To him, American cars meant muscle. European sports cars were smaller and less aggressive.

"I always think of touring and power when I think of Mustang," says Fitzpatrick, who now owns two classic Mustangs.

Heitmann, the history professor, says the Mustang is one of the few cars that is appealing — and affordable — to nearly everyone. A base model with a V6 engine starts at $25,000. Aficionados will pay more than double that for a Shelby GT350 version with a V8. Heitmann, 69, has owned two Mustangs in his lifetime, and has his eye on the 2018 model.

"It's democratic. A working-class person can drive this car to the plant, and a banker can drive it to the office. You can't do that with a Mercedes," he says.

Television and movies — like the 1968 thriller "Bullitt" — also cemented the Mustang as a global icon.

"If you ask practically anyone to name an American car, 90 percent of the time they will say 'a Mustang,'" says Frazer Rhodes of Halifax, England.

Rhodes bought a 2005 GT Convertible for his 30th birthday in 2008. After so many friends asked to use it for weddings, he founded a company that rents Mustangs for nearly 250 weddings per year. Couples — many of whom are heading to Las Vegas or Hawaii for their honeymoons — want a car that's cool, not the stuffy Rolls Royces their parents used, he says.

In the U.S., Mustang sales most recently spiked in 2015 when the newest generation was released. They totaled 122,349 that year, but have fallen ever since as that model ages, says Michelle Krebs, an executive analyst with Autotrader. Younger buyers are stretched financially and are less likely to splurge on a sports car, she said. And car buying is in decline among Baby Boomers, who have long fueled sales of Detroit's muscle cars.

But the Mustang will always have its fans. Ribring, the 97-year-old Swede, has been smitten with the car's design and performance since 1964.

"Given that there was no speed limit in Sweden during that time, there was only one option: Buy!" he says.

http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/Industry_News/ford-mustang-slumping-in-us-is-still-a-global-hit-20170727
 

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Keep it quiet with Mustang's 'Good neighbour' mode

When somebody called the cops on Steve von Foerster, then head of vehicle engineering at Ford, he wasn't thrilled, but he understood why.

On a peaceful morning in his suburban Detroit neighborhood, Von Foerster had just reversed a Shelby GT350 Mustang out of his driveway. As the car’s V8 engine thundered, an annoyed neighbor dialed 911. Von Foerster was gone before the law arrived and didn't get a ticket - but he did get an idea for the new Mustang.

“I love the V8 sound, but it's loud, and you can’t annoy people like that in your neighborhood,” said Von Foerster, who now heads Ford’s user experience team in product development. “It sounds so cool, but I thought, ‘There has to be a way to give people more control over the engine’s sound.’”

That led to the development of Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start - known as “Good Neighbour Mode” at Ford, allowing you to keep the engine sound of your 2018 Mustang GT at a minimum - and even programme quiet start-up times in advance, so you don't forget and wake the neighbours at the crack of dawn.

What you do is scroll through a menu in the instrument cluster, using thumb controls on the steering wheel, and select when you want to fire up your Mustang GT without sharing the event with your neighbours - say, between 8pm and 7am.

Quiet Exhaust mode and Quiet Start will form part of the optional active valve performance exhaust system on the 2018 Mustang GT, along with different exhaust volumes for Normal, Sport and Track modes.

And that's more important than you think: a recent survey by Ranker.com showed loud engine revving was second only to early-morning lawn mowing among the most annoying noises neighbors make - more so than power tools, barking dogs or band practice.

“When sounds get up into the upper-70-decibel range, that’s typically about when they start to bother people,” said Ford engineer Matt Flis. “With quiet start activated, the decibel level of the new Mustang GT drops by about 10 decibels, to a much more comfortable 72 decibels – about the same as a household dishwasher.”

http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/keep-it-quiet-with-mustangs-good-neighbour-mode-10575288
 
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