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MY2018 Mustang Launch - So Much Goodness. Ford LISTENS!

Steeda UK were lucky enough to be invited along by our great friends Ford UK to the new MY 18 Mustang press launch at Santa Pod this week.

They were also kind enough to attend our last Steeda Driving Experience and bring along a new MY18 for me to have a go in so we could get a feel for what was coming! OK OK, the US has had it for a while and is setting records already, but we want to see what the fuss is about here as a LOT that the EU edition Mustang S550 initially missed out on has been rectified with is facelift launch....




They also brought along their Ford Heritage Mustang, which is Supercharged, has a bunch of Ford Performance and Steeda parts on it, and also now a cracking set of Velgen Split 5 Wheels, shod of course with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres! With the new wheels and its new look stripes, we all agreed it looked knock out!

So what is the fuss about with the 18 update? Surely it just looks a bit different up front?

Orange Fury Mustang with 5 spoke forge option

Answer: A LOT! Ford has clearly listened to EU and UK market feedback carefully and a number of 'minor' misses which meant a LOT to customers have been rectified; such as:

1. DRL Running Lights!!!! YES!!!! The Tribars finally light up!

2. Hood Vents! Yes we finally have them, and yes they look GOOOD!

3. An exhaust! OK well the old GT had an exhaust, but nobody noticed... this a MUSTANG 5.0 V8 dammit! Now with the active valved quad tip system people will sit up and pay attention! IF you want them to! Good neighbour mode, means you can calm down the V8 thunder when you want.

4. Michelin Tyres as standard! Yes a LOT of people were not impressed by the OEM Pirellis and now things have stepped up by bringing Steeda's chosen tyre partner in Europe on board as the OEM provider! We wholeheartedly agree!



5. RECAROS! Sport seats options at last!

6. A better selection of OEM wheels. OK they are still 19" but at least there are some choices now. We still say a set of Velgens will trump the lot!  8)  - OK perhaps this one was just me? But anyway....


Of course this isn't all, but all of the above directly answers EU customer feedback and we applaud the Blue Oval for taking note and stepping up in a big way!

So what else is new?

7. BULLITT! Ah yeah the Highland Green (and black????) beauty is back in S550 guise, with looks, power, handling and more. This special Edition launches in June for pre order with deliveries beginning towards the end of the year. Perhaps if you can get a friend to order a black one, you can recreate the chase... (just don't tell them before they buy that the black car will lose...and crash and burn). There is a LOT of excitement around the arrival of the Bullitt version.

OK, OK back to the "normal" changes......

8. POWER! The new high tech injection V8 takes thing forward with the magical combo of more power (450bhp or so) AND more MPG! The 2.3 Ecoboost is returned to have a little lower BHP but better torque so better all around performance and eco figures.

9. Transmission upgrades. The auto goes beserk adding 4 MORE cogs to create a 10 speed BEAST! which Steeda has been doing wonders with .. Check our "Silver Bullet " development car in action below: Also the 6 speed manual is upgraded to a twin clutch system and the ratios have been jiggled a bit...





10. MAGNERIDE! Yes the GT350 hyper accurate magnetic, electrically controlled damping system is now a very nice and affordable option. A great starting point for someone who wants a capable comfortable car, 

11. TFT hi tech dash display. Adjustable and sexy. We like it, bringing the Mustang firmly into the 21st century!

12. DRAG MODE! Need we say more?

13. Orange Fury! And more great colours!




14. Gadgets! Doodads like lane assist, auto brake, auto headlights, etc. Things we loved in the Mondeo now make an appearance in the pony car. great! 

15, 16 etc OK there was a load more stuff, but that's the main stuff I can remember! 

IMPRESSIONS OVERALL.

Well Ford has smashed it out of the park. 
The package is (and was!) a great starting point, but now, especially with the exhaust and magneride, someone can drive away thinking, great, no need to get stuck in straight away!

Of course the option to personalise it, style it and to improve performance is still there (just see the silver bullet above!) and we at Steeda are here to help you create your perfect Mustang, but Ford have just given us an even better tool to sharpen! Hats off fellas!







Created On  24 May 2018 20:05 in NewsFeature Car  -  Permalink

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