Ford Philippines opens the Manila International Auto Show with a bang with the introduction of the 2018 Mustang. Aside from its seemingly smiling fascia, the American pony car comes with enhanced performance, and now has four variants, including a manual transmission option and the stylish all-new Mustang Convertible.
Aesthetically, the updates on the Ford Mustang are subtle, ranging from the new LED fog lamp casing and LED daytime running lights that complement the LED tri-bar taillights. Also added to the ‘Stang are the functional air extractor hood vents and lowered hood line for a sleek, fluid look.
EcoBoost variants are equipped with dual bright exhaust with rolled tips, while the GT 5.0 trims get quad exhaust for that maximum sporty appeal.
Inside, the 2018 Mustang has been slightly updated as well, primarily with the materials used in the cabin. What’s new for the driver this year is the Lane Keeping Assist system and Adaptive Cruise Control, which can be found in the Ford Everest Titanium+.
Aside from those, the EcoBoost variants keep their Recaro manual-adjustable seats, while the GT has the power-adjustable type. Anything else, from the circular vents to the aluminum-finished dash to the great-looking LCDs, are still intact.
Under its hood, the Ford Mustang retains the 2.3L 310-hp EcoBoost engine and the bigger, redesigned 5.0L V8 460-hp GT. What’s new, however, is the 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which is available in both the EcoBoost and GT. The wide ratio span and optimized gear spacing promises higher average power for acceleration to improve responsiveness and performance.
In addition, the GT variant is equipped with Magneride Damping System — a technology straight from the Shelby GT350. This electronically-controlled shock absorbing system enables instantaneous adjustment of suspension every 7 milliseconds for better ride comfort, more precise handling, and flat cornering.
What also came with the lineup is the 6-speed manual transmission variant, albeit, for the Mustang Convertible. The top-down Mustang is also available in the 5.0L GT option only.
As mentioned, the 2018 Ford Mustang in four variants: 2.3 EcoBoost Fastback AT (P2,798,000), 5.0 V8 GT Fastback AT (P3,478,000), 5.0 V8 GT Convertible MT (P3,578,000), and the 5.0 V8 GT Convertible AT (P3,678,000).
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