While the 2018 Ford Mustang is just a refresh of the 2017 model, the list of changes just keeps getting longer. Not only does the 2018 Mustang GT have more power, a new 10-speed automatic and more features, but it is also rolling out a more intense Performance Pack that Ford engineers worked on outside of work.
If there was any doubt that the folks who develop Pony Cars are passionate, that should be erased now. Ford says its Mustang development team started working on this new Performance Pack Level 2 offering on their own time – outside of work. As sort of a skunkworks project, the team crafted the pack on their own before bringing it to management for the official blessing to work on it on-the-clock.
Although Ford left this part of the story out, we suspect the Mustang team’s motivation was stemming from cross-town rivalry. Until now Ford lacked an adequate performance upgrade to beat the 1LE package offered on the Chevrolet Camaro. The previous Mustang Performance Pack brought the car close to the Camaro 1LE, but in most tests it fell slightly short.
Well, that may not be the case anymore. The Performance Pack Level 2 brings over all of the hardware of the Level 1 pack, which includes: unique chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, larger radiator, silver-painted strut tower brace and a Torsen rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio.
It then layers on some new goodies, such as a lower ride height thanks to a retuned MagneRide suspension system. 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.
Visually the Performance Pack Level 2 is differentiated with a new front splitter that’s similar to that of the former 302 Boss model. Ford says the new front fascia adds about 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph, making it a critical piece in the car’s improved aero work. Ford has also added some black detailing around the car to distinguish it from the lesser GT models.
So far Ford isn’t saying how much the Performance Pack Level 2 will set Mustang GT buyers back. It is worth noting that today’s Level 1 pack is $3,995, so it’s a safe bet that the jump to Level 2 will be on-par with the Camaro 1LE’s $7,000 upgrade charge.