Ford Goes to Level 2 with Mustang GT Performance Pack

Ford Goes to Level 2 with Mustang GT Performance Pack

Ford Mustang owners aren't the only ones who love late nights in the garage working to wring more speed out of their pony cars.

The new package also boasts improved aerodynamics with the addition of the larger, Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca-inspired lower front splitter, and a redesigned rear spoiler, good for 24 additional pounds of downforce at 80 miles per hour. The tires themselves are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s, which, while all but disqualifying the auto from year-round operation at more northern latitudes, deliver superb grip so long as the days are sufficiently long. Let Ford's Performance division and its hellacious Shelby GT350 Mustang take care of those buyers looking for a track toy, they figured; the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 is about amping up driving pleasure on the open road. We're no strangers to the Performance Pack, an option on your new Mustang that brings all kinds of go-fast bits to the vehicle, like a sport-tuned suspension, six-piston Brembo brakes, an underhood K-brace, larger radiator and limited-slip rear differential with a 3.73 axle ratio.

While you won't get the insane V8 that revs to the heavens, the Performance Pack Level 2 still brings plenty of capability to the table. It has a six-speed manual instead of the mainline GT's 10-speed automatic, so it won't be the fastest Mustang to 60 miles per hour, but it should take the 460-horsepower GT's handling on road courses closer to the 526-horsepower, 5.2-liter Shelby GT 350.

To hear Ford Mustang Chief Engineer Carl Widmann tell it, Ford's new Performance Pack 2 for the updated, 2018 Mustang GT started off a simple wheel and tire package, snowballing into something greater spurred by the passion of a few engineers.

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The new splitter and spoiler increase aerodynamic downforce on the auto to keep it stable at high speeds, At 80 miles per hour, they generate 24 pounds of downforce, the exact opposite of the aerodynamic lift some vehicles develop at speed. Ford's performance boffins created the redesigned rear wing by making prototypes with a 3D printer. "And that really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work".

"It will just beg you to go faster", says Ford Vehicle Dynamics Development Supervisor Jamie Cullen. Features in the level 1 performance pack are included meaning unique antilock brake turning, Brembo brakes, larger radiator, strut tower brace, and a TORSEN rear differential. The main upgrade with the Performance Pack 2 appears to be the wider-diameter wheels, a full 1.5 inches wider than those that come with the Performance Pack 1, in addition to the car's lower stance.

Other than unique tires and 10-spoke wheels, the only visible differences are black detailing on the splitter and spoiler.

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