For 2018 Mustang Could Lose V6, Gain MagneRide


For 2018 the Mustang is expected to get facelifted and gain a new ten-speed automatic, but according to sources, even more changes could be on the way.

Simultaneously the most surprising, and the least surprising bit of news pertains to the base 3.7-liter V6, dealership sources believe the 2018 Mustang will drop the V6, leaving the EcoBoost and 5.0 V8 to handle responsibilities. The move does make some sense, as the EcoBoost and V6 are nearly identical in terms of performance, however available content on V6 models is severely limited.

The news joins several other interesting mouthfuls found in the 2018 order guide.

Magnethorlogical dampening is coming to Mustangs not named Shelby. Option code 96B for MagneRide dampening is listed as available for both EcoBoost and V8 cars, along with a new dual exhaust option and new factory Performance Packages listed for both engines. It sounds like Ford could be building its own track day special, in the same vein as Chevy’s Camaro 1LE.

Ford will make the new ten-speed automatic available on both EcoBoost and V8 Mustangs, but its unclear if it will replace the six-speed automatic, or simply live as a third, premium, transmission option. What’s more, Ford is rumored to have a new 4.8-liter V8 in the works, it’s unclear if it will factor into 2018 Mustang plans.

Other changes include a shuffling of available paints, Grabber Blue will go away after just a year of availability, while a new shade called Orange Fury joins the fold, along with a new shade of red called Royal Crimson.