Check out the possible introduction of the 2018 Mustang Debut live here on SVTP. Ford is going to live stream their press conference this year. Yesterday the 2018 F-150 debuted on an NFL program. Today Ford could be releasing the refreshed 2018 Mustang at the 2017 North America International Auto Show in Detroit. We will have exclusive coverage posted later today.
The fact that the 2018 F-150 was getting a 3.0 Powerstroke Diesel engine was the worst kept secret in the auto industry since the S550 Mustangs IRS. Still, the updated F-150 has a lot of changes the Ford faithful should be very excited about. Beyond the obvious new styling (which I think looks great), there are a host of powertrain updates.
The shift lever on an automatic Stang is an often forgotten piece of interior equipment. I can count on one hand how many non-racecars a year I see with an aftermarket shift on an auto trans. Hurst looked at that dearth in the market and saw an opportunity. They have developed a dress-up replacement for the stock auto shift lever for the 2015-2017 6R60 equipped Mustangs in the form of their classically styled pistol grip handler.
Over the past month or so we have been working on some major software updates to the SVTPerformance.com forums. Some of them are behind the scenes and are invisible to the end user. However, the major change we made was to the type of forum software we used. The new site still has a familiar look and layout, but there is a plethora of new features that makes forum use much simpler. And just to help everyone get up to speed we’ve created a series of tutorial videos demonstrating their use.
Possibly the biggest change ever to the Mustang formula.
Are you guys ready for this? Ford announced today that the Mustang will be getting a hybid powertrain option added for the 2020 model year. Details are still coming out, but it will be interesting to see Ford is promising that it will deliver V8 power. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it will have a V8 engine though.
Still, there’s a very good chance that Ford could take a similar approach as some of the global super-car manufactures and use the hybrid’s electric motor to increase the overall performance of the car. This could be a huge performance boon if combined with an optimized turbocharged engine. By using an electric motor’s ability to produce 100% of its torque output at 1 RPM you could potentially install a larger than typical turbo on an engine and use the electric motor to make up for low end turbo lag…