The ultimate joy ride for luxury vehicle enthusiasts

The much-anticipated 2018 Ford Mustang GT is set to release later this year, but you won’t have to wait until then to salivate over the gaudy details that were presented to the public this week. The most notable feature of the new GT is its ability to go from 0 to 60 in under four seconds, making it the fastest Mustang that Ford has ever produced.

The Mustang has been an American muscle classic for decades, but in terms of performance, it could never stand up next to luxury car brands like Porsche, BMW, or Audi. It has even taken a back seat to Chevy’s performance vehicles such as the Camaro and Corvette in recent years. Needless to say, Ford is back in the game with this new monster.

Giddy Up Mustang

The new and improved Mustang GT includes a 5-liter, V8 engine capable of producing 460 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque. It also benefits from a new 10-speed automatic transmission that, when combined with the vehicle’s unique “drag strip” mode, can boost the vehicle to incredible speeds in almost no time at all. The “drag strip” mode is one of five driver-selectable modes that will be available in the new 2018 GT. The Mustang’s chief engineer, Carl Widmann, explained that the “drag strip” mode allows the Ford-built 10-speed transmission to power through gear shifts in order to maximize engine torque and horsepower without losing time.

Of course, the big news is always going to surround the upgraded model of any vehicle, but individuals who opt for the standard 2018 Ford Mustang will also see plenty of improvements in performance. It will include a 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder engine that can generate 310 horsepower and 350 pounds of torque. The company has officially dropped the 3.7-liter, V6 engine, acknowledging that the 4-cylinder provides more torque and fuel efficiency.

One thing is for sure, Ford is back on the map with this powerful beast of a car. Expect to see plenty of these Mustangs galloping down city streets come 2018.