New Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Challenges Camaro SS 1LE

Phillip Butler
October 25, 2017

The new Performance Pack Level 2 is available for order immediately on new 2018 Mustangs, but production won't start until spring of next year, according to Ford. It also has super sticky 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber at all fours, wrapped around new 19-inch wheels that are 1.5-inches wider than the Level 1 pack. Additionally, the Level 2 also brings all the other elements from the first version, including antilock brake tuning, bespoke stability control, electric power-assisted steering, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, a larger radiator, a silver-painted strut tower brace, and a Torsen rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio.

Visually the only way that you'll be able to spot a 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack Level 2 are black detailing on the splitter and spoiler, the tire spat on the back edge of the rear wheel wells and the 10-spoke Dark Tarnish wheels.

A group of engineers from the 2018 Ford Mustang team did a little after-hours work to develop some new go-fast equipment for the pony vehicle that turned out so good, they convinced management to put it on sale. The performance of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine is bolstered by a Ford Performance cold-air intake and Borla exhaust, and power transferred to the wheels via 6-speed manual transmission. The rear sway bar is 67 percent stiffer, the front sway bar is 12 percent stiffer and the springs are between 13 and 20 percent stiffer than before. To balance the downforce, a subtle, redesigned rear spoiler stretches across the decklid. The Performance Pack Level 2 also opens the door for the selection of leather or cloth Recaro seats.

Parts from the old Boss 302 Laguna Seca were used in development such as the front splitter. "The auto has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip", said Jaime Cullen, Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development.

"We have no plans to offer the US-market Level 2 package on Australian Mustang models", Ford product communications manager Damion Smy told TMR. We'd expect it to be closer to $7,000 which would match the price of Chevrolet's 1LE upgrade package for the Camaro SS. Ford is now accepting orders for the Performance Pack Level 2, which will be available in North American Ford dealerships next spring.

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