Engineers Work After-Hours For Beefier 2018 Mustang Performance Pack

Posted October 25, 2017

As we expected, the 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 enhances the capabilities of the new pony vehicle in a variety of ways, all of which improve cornering and braking abilities - bridging the road-handling performance gap between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350.

As mentioned earlier, Performance Pack Level 2 still gets the myriad of upgrades found in Level 1.

Performance Pack Level 2 includes all the goodies that you get with Performance Pack Level 1, but it adds has a lower stance, more aggressive stance with a redesigned front splitter and rear spoiler.

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.

But the most obvious visual change is wider, meatier wheels and tires that are 1.5 inches wider than the Level 1 tires and mounted to new 10.5-inch-wide front and 11-inch-wide rear 10-spoke Dark Tarnish wheels. Compared to the standard Performance Pack, the rear stabilizer bar is 67 percent stiffer, while the front stabilizer is 12 percent stiffer. Following rumors that started way back in November a year ago, the blue oval manufacturer has given the 2018 Mustang GT some extra muscle with the Performance Package Level 2. Those tires are now Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, 305/30R19 front and rear - expensive meats that you'll only want to drive in dry, warm conditions. Taking care of the new aerodynamics was former NASA aerodynamics specialist, Jonathan Gesekm, who used the famed Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark.

Enthusiasts will be happy to learn that the Performance Pack Level 2 will only be available with a six-speed manual transmission.

The facelifted Mustang is yet to arrive in the United Kingdom, but should the new performance pack become available, it'll likely be exclusive to the 5-litre GT specification mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as opposed to the ten-speed automatic. We'd expect it to be closer to $7,000 which would match the price of Chevrolet's 1LE upgrade package for the Camaro SS. Ford is now accepting orders for the Performance Pack Level 2, which will be available in North American Ford dealerships next spring.