ford has announced its 2018 model of the ‘mustang’ and it is a thing of beauty, featuring a raft of upgrades befitting of the iconic ‘pony’ badge. unsurprisingly, performance is at the core of the sports coupé’s DNA, offering drivers a unique thrill of acceleration and cornering. the 2.3-liter ‘ecoboost’ four-cylinder engine continues to offer outstanding performance, versus the outgoing 3.7-liter V6. using transient ‘overboost’ technology specifically calibrated for ‘mustang’, torque is now increased for wide-open throttle acceleration. ford’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has also been thoroughly reworked, and is now more powerful and revs higher than any previous ‘mustang GT’ model.

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the ford ‘mustang’s’ exterior design is now more athletic, with a lower, remodeled hood and grille that provide a leaner look and refined aerodynamics, upper and lower front grilles, and a new position for hood vents. the entire ‘mustang’ line will now feature all-LED front lights including signature lighting, low-beams, turn signals, efficient projector high-beams and fog lamps. the rear of the car has revised LED-taillamps for a more technical appearance, plus a new bumper, and a ‘performance’ spoiler is available upon request. the ‘dual-tip’ exhaust is now standard for ‘ecoboost mustang’, while ‘V8-powered mustang GT’ features a quad-tip exhaust as standard. with a dozen alloy wheel designs and exterior color choices – including signature ‘orange fury’ – motor enthusiasts can modify the ‘mustang’ to their tastes.

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on all 2018 models new shock absorbers make for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension leads to increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars bring sharper response and handling. stepping inside the car, the interior has improved touch points and visual cues with a more premium look and feel. the center console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters while door handles, rings and bezels are finished in aluminum. restyled seating surfaces feature new patterns and color choices, the instrument panel sports an updated ‘mustang’ badge and there’s a new key fob design. a heated steering wheel is also available upon request.

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the manual transmission for both engine options has been upgraded for optimal torque. for the V8, the manual transmission has been totally redesigned to include a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel to increase torque capability and deliver more efficient clutch modulation. a new 10-speed automatic transmission, available for both ‘ecoboost’ and ‘V8 engines’ has a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, delivering higher average power for acceleration. compared to the previous ‘six-speed’ automatic, the new ’10-speed’ transmission has quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses. the electronic control system includes unique tunes for different drive modes and features real-time adaptive shift scheduling, ensuring the right gear at the right time. 
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