2018 Ford Mustang Adds 10-Speed Auto, Drops V6 Option

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Though it may seem hard to believe, it’s already been nearly two full years since the sixth-generation Ford Mustang broke cover, and it’s safe to say that the car is a certifiable hit. On track for its second year for six-figure sales in a row, the S550 brought a new look, new technology, and a new engine, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost, to the legendary pony car’s option list.

But whenever you add something, you inevitably have to subtract something too. Apparently a bored employee at a Ford dealership was scrolling through the option list for the 2018 Ford Mustang and posting the findings to the Mustang6G board. Perhaps the biggest news isn’t what’s new, but rather, what’s missing. It appears the 2018 Mustang will no longer offer the V6 option.

From 1994 until 2015, Ford Mustang buyers had just two engine options to pick from, a V8 on the GT model and a V6 for …everything else. Indeed, the Ford Mustang V6 has often been derided for its lack of power and its rather weak soundtrack. The 305 horsepower, 3.7 liter V6 engine that debuted alongside the all-new 5.0 liter V8 for the 2011 model year was a welcome addition. However, with the Mustang adding the 310 horsepower 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine to the Mustang lineup—for fractionally more money—it seems rather redundant.

Joining the V6 in the gutter is the Grabber Blue color option

Oh, and Ford also detuned the V6 down to 290 horsepower, making the EcoBoost motor seem that much better. Joining the V6 in the gutter is the Grabber Blue color option, replaced by Kona Blue, along with the new Orange Fury and Royal Crimson options.

Beyond the lack of a V6 option, the 2018 Mustang also looks like it will offer a 10-speed automatic transmission, something long-rumored, but finally confirmed. Interestingly enough, the 2018 Mustangs will also offer a Magneride package, two performance packages, and a new dual exhaust package, though what that entails we don’t quite know yet. There’s also a mysterious “Carbon Sport” package listed, though what that entails is anybody’s guess.

What else does the 2018 Mustang have in store for us? We’ll have to wait for the official word, but as long as you’re not a fan of V6 engines or Grabber Blue paint, there should be plenty to keep you happy.

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Chris Demorro

Christopher DeMorro is a freelance writer and journalist from Connecticut with two passions in life; writing and anything with an engine.
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