The facelifted 2018 Ford Mustang, has officially been introduced to the European market. Launched in the US market last year, the facelifted model boasts updated styling, a more powerful engine and suspension enhancements, advanced driver assistance features, and more customisation options for customers.
The new Mustang will be offered in Europe with the 5.0-litre “Coyote” V8 or the smaller 2.3-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder Ecoboost engine. The 5.0-litre V8 delivers a peak power of 450 PS and 529 Nm, while the Ecoboost engine develops 290 PS and 440 Nm.
Both engines can be ordered with a 6-speed manual or Ford’s new advanced 10-speed automatic transmission, which Ford claims offers greater fuel-efficiency through a low-friction architecture, real-time adaptive shift-scheduling, and Auto Start-Stop capability. The six-speed manual, on the other hand, has been strengthened with a twin-disc clutch and dual-mass flywheel, and now features Ford’s rev-matching technology for throttle blips on downshifts.
Available in both fastback and convertible body styles, the new model features a sleeker profile courtesy of a lower bonnet with integrated air vents, combined with a slimmer grille design. In an effort to reduce front-end lift, the Mustang features a larger front splitter that increases front-end downforce while shielding to the rear of the front wheel arches improve airflow and reduce drag.
At the rear, Ford has redesigned the rear bumper and diffuser element to accommodate the quad-tailpipes for the 5.0-litre V8 model. The Mustang’s headlights, daytime running lights, indicators, and iconic tri-bar tail lights now all feature LED technology as standard for the European market.
The interior has been updated to deliver a more premium feel; the door linings feature soft-touch materials and are finished with aluminium accents. Elsewhere, the centre console features a new hand-stitched, soft-touch wrap, while instrument panel surround is available in four new aluminium finishes.
Additionally, European customers will also be able to order the special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt, which pays homage to the Mustang GT fastback that featured in the legendary 1968 film of the same name, which starred Steve McQueen. The Mustang Bullitt edition is powered by an uprated version of the 5.0-litre V8 to deliver up to 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque, and is available in the iconic Dark Highland Green, or Shadow Black colours.