Ford Mustang Gets Leveled-Up Performance Pack

Ford Mustang Gets Leveled-Up Performance Pack

Ford Mustang owners aren't the only ones who love late nights in the garage working to wring more speed out of their pony cars.

Next comes the good stuff, as the Performance Pack Level 2 adds a uniquely-tuned MagneRide suspension setup with a lowered stance (than the standard Mustang GT), unique steering calibration, a 67% stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12% stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20% stiffer front springs and 13% stiffer rear springs, a new front splitter that offers 24lbs of downforce at 80mph, a new rear spoiler, a set of staggered lightweight wheels measuring 19x10.5 up front and 19x11 out back and the 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that we discussed last week. The tires themselves are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, which, while all but disqualifying the vehicle from year-round operation at more northern latitudes, deliver superb grip so long as the days are sufficiently long.

Instead, they say, Performance Pack 2 is about delivering maximum grip and satisfaction on twisty, curvy roads.

Ford said in July that the 2018 Ford Mustang GT would come with an optional Performance Pack that would include things like a bigger radiator, summer tires, and upgraded brakes. It creates about 24 pounds of downforce at 80 miles per hour, helping give the vehicle its exceptional grip.

The engineering team used a 3D printer to make prototypes of the spoiler and other parts that ended up in the PP2. We're no strangers to the Performance Pack, an option on your new Mustang that brings all kinds of go-fast bits to the auto, like a sport-tuned suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, an underhood K-brace, larger radiator and limited-slip rear differential with a 3.73 axle ratio.

Ford has unveiled the anticipated Performance Pack Level 2 for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. "And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work".

The goal of the model isn't to create the ultimate track auto, like the 1LE packages on the Chevrolet Camaro SS and ZL1, but instead to make a daily drivable weekend canyon carver that delivers on the promises made by the Mustang's formidable powertrain and stiffer chassis. (The GT fastback manual starts at $35,095.) Delivery of the new GTs isn't until sometime next spring, though you can put in orders now.

The pack will also include all of the features of the Performance Pack Level 1, like the Brembo brakes with larger rotors, in addition to stability control, steering, and chassis enhancements.

That said, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Pack 2 is still some 3.5 seconds quicker around a certain tight, technical 2.0-mile road course than Performance Pack 1-equipped cars.

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