LMR 2018 Mustang GT Runs 12.02 @ 117 MPH

No Break-In

LMR ’18 GT heads to the strip.

By SID297

One of the most highly anticipated changes for the 2018 Mustang GT was the switch from the venerable 6R80 6-Speed automatic transmission to the 10R80 10-Speed that made its debut in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.  Behind the High-Output 3.5 EcoBoost in a truck the new tranny has proven to be quite stout, but the really question was how it would perform behind the new dual-injected 5.0 Coyote V8 in everybody’s favorite Pony-Car.  Luckily for us, SVTP Vendor Late Model Restoration just picked up a new 2018 Mustang GT equipped with the new 10R80 auto; along with a few other popular options.

Definitely a strong run on the dyno for a brand new car.

So after driving the car straight through from Ohio to Texas, the first thing the LMR crew did was strap the car to the rollers and made a few dyno runs.  The result was an impressive performance of 415HP and 397 lb-ft.  Considering that the flywheel ratings are 460 HP and 420 lb-ft, I would say that less that 10% drive train loss through a 10-Speed auto definitely counts as impressive.  So with the obligatory pulls out of the LMR loaded up and headed to the drag strip.

After a short ride over to the local track the still bone-stock 2018 GT, which weighed in at over 3,800 pounds, was staged and clicked off a few passes.  The best run was good enough for a 12.02 sec. ET at 117MPH.  Considering that’s on factory tires with a 1.9 sec. 60-foot time, it’s safe to say that with a bit more traction the 2018 Mustang GT with the 10R80 is a legit high-11s car.

The crew at LMR are far from finished with this car, and I personally can’t wait until they start throwing some mods at it.  Stay tuned for interesting things to come.

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