2018 Ford Mustang GT is Fast, Furious…and Kinda Pricey?
The facelifted and enhanced 2018 Mustang GT is big on power and sound. However, it can also big on price.
It’s only been three model years since the S550 version of the Mustang came out, but it’s already time for a significant refresh. The 2018 model does away with its old V6, features updated looks, offers a 10-speed automatic, magnetic dampers, and packs more V8 power.
The Hooniverse‘s Jeff Glucker spends more than 10 minutes going through the ’18 GT’s updates and enhancements in the video review above (and a few seconds doing a smoky Line Lock burnout). He approves of most of them. The optional MagneRide dampers make the GT comfortable when desired, and stiffer when the road or track ahead demands it to be.
Let’s not forget about that revised 5.0, though. Glucker sure didn’t. It’s been bored out to be a little larger than it used to be and can be paired with an active exhaust that changes how loud it is depending on which setting you engage. A stealth mode makes the GT more neighbor-friendly, but once you’re out of the neighborhood, Sport or higher is only way to go. Output is now 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque.
An available Level 2 Performance Package sharpens the GT’s abilities with 19-inch staggered-width wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 summer tires, MagneRide dampers, and Brembo front brakes with six-piston calipers. Cost? $6,500.
Cost is also Glucker’s biggest issue with the GT. He contends that by the time you load up a GT, it’s awfully close to the price of a GT350 (provided the dealer hasn’t marked it up). We built a sample GT Premium with a few options on it, including the Level 2 Performance Package and the Blind Spot Information System, and arrived at a price of $52,475. A loaded Camaro with the 2SS and Track Performance Packages would cost $55,325. The GT350 starts at $57,145.
Granted, that hypothetical, all-out performance version of the GT is relatively extreme. That high sticker price buys a lot of great hardware, but if you just want the GT’s most appealing and most important feature – its V8 – you can get away with spending a lot less. The only question is: Would you want to?