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Ford Mustang GT Gets Performance Pack Level 2

Ford Mustang GT Gets Performance Pack Level 2”

The Performance Pack Level 2 was developed in secret, Ford said, and will include 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a beefed up suspension, retuned steering, a lower stance for the vehicle, and a custom-made rear spoiler and front splitter.

It's the second major performance upgrade announced for the Mustang in a week, following a new GT package that accelerates to 60 miles per hour in less than 4.0 seconds. Oh, and naturally they're not just any old tires-they're Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s (Camaro SS 1LEs we've tested ran Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 3 tires, 285/30R20s front, 305/30R20s rear).

So far Ford isn't saying how much the Performance Pack Level 2 will set Mustang GT buyers back. 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.

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. What's more, the front splitter and rear spoiler are developed by a former NASA aero specialist. A new front splitter and rear spoiler help improve aero, giving the vehicle more grip than before.

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. The front and rear stabilizer bars as well as the front and rear springs are all significantly stiffer than the standard performance pack.

Ford engineers worked evenings and weekend to create Performance Pack 2, which includes very aggressive tires, a MagneRide adaptive suspension, and aerodynamic improvements.

Performance Pack 2 for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT contains just about everything else you'd get with Performance Pack 1, as well.

Other upgrades over the Performance Pack Level 1 include a 67 percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20 percent stiffer front springs and rear springs that are 13 percent stiffer.

All in, it's a $6,500 package, available only on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with available 6-speed manual transmission; no 10-speeds allowed.

The Mustang GT with Performance Pack 2 may not be the direct answer to the Camaro SS 1LE that we'd anticipated and hoped for, but it's a promising option nonetheless.



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