Ford Mustang Reaches 60 MPH In Under 4.0 Seconds

2018 Mustang GT is a Porsche-beater says Ford

Ford claims that when equipped with the new 10-speed automatic transmission the GT can run a 0-60 miles per hour sprint in under four seconds by utilizing a new Drag Strip mode.The Blue Oval is quick to point out that this achievement means the Mustang GT is now quicker than a Porsche 911 Carrera. The 0-60 test results achieved on a vehicle with Performance Pack and 10-speed automatic transmission.

We have known since January that the 2018 Ford Mustang would offer improved performance over the current models, with the promise of more torque for the 2.3L EcoBoost and the 5.0L V8 while the V8 also was planned to get more horsepower. The new 5.0 registers 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft. of torque; the current 2017 Mustang delivers 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft. of torque by comparison.

"Typically, when you shift gears, you give up time", says Widmann.

With a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine lurking under the hood generating 521 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, you might be surprised to hear that the Bentley Continental GT V8 S is slower to 60 miles per hour than the Mustang GT, clocking in at 4.3 seconds.

The four-cylinder EcoBoost Mustang has also been tweaked with the 310hp (231kW) engine getting an additional 30 lb. -ft. of torque (40Nm) for a new 350 lb. -ft. output (475Nm).

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That new Drag Strip mode uses the SelectShift automatic transmission to optimise gear shifting, resulting in a 0-60mph speed that bests a Porsche 911 Carrera by nearly half a second.

And if you're on the strip, be sure to select Drag Strip mode, which is one of five driver-selectable modes available for 2018. It is controlled by the automatic transmission and provides a significant boost in acceleration while eliminating lost time in shifting. According to Ford, the new transmission has a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing.

"Gearing matters, and in Drag Strip mode, this auto launches better than ever off the line", added Widmann. It's uniquely tuned for all 5 drive modes-Normal, Sport, Track, Drag Strip and Snow/wet.

It was exactly six months ago when the Blue Oval brand first revealed the refreshed Mustang for the 2018 model year. Is 500 horsepower attainable with just a cold-air and a tune?

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