The 2018 Ford Mustang GT gets a new Level 2 Performance Pack

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The Performance Pack Level 2 was developed in secret, Ford said, and will include 19-inch Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, a beefed up suspension, retuned steering, a lower stance for the vehicle, and a custom-made rear spoiler and front splitter. With the new 10-speed automatic and the GT Performance Pack, the Mustang is good for a sub-4 second 0-60 miles per hour run, quicker than a comparable Chevy Camaro. The main upgrade with the Performance Pack 2 appears to be the wider-diameter wheels, a full 1.5 inches wider than those that come with the Performance Pack 1, in addition to the car's lower stance. Ford says it is to bridge the gap between the GT and the GT350. Now we can all enjoy an even more extreme Performance package variant for the 2018 Mustang GT dubbed simply "Level 2". For starters, there's a good bit more rubber meeting the road: The tire cross section is increased considerably by fitting 305/30R19 meats all around, mounted to staggered-fitment wheels that are 10.5 inches wide in front and 11.0 inches in back.

Using the splitter from the famed Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark, Mustang engineers attached the piece to the underside of the front to fan out as much as 3 inches around the corners of the Mustang GT.

"A passion to create something special is what really drove this project", says Mustang Vehicle Engineering Manager Tom Barnes.

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Performance Pack 2 is less about straight-line acceleration than steering, braking, grip and aerodynamics. "That really showed in the off-the-clock way we went about doing our work".

Working our way up, relative to the already stiffened Perf Pack springs, the Level 2 coils are 20 percent stiffer in front and 13 percent stiffer in the rear. The front and rear stabilizer bars as well as the front and rear springs are all significantly stiffer than the standard performance pack.

Performance Pack 2 for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT contains just about everything else you'd get with Performance Pack 1, as well. (The GT fastback manual starts at $35,095.) Delivery of the new GTs isn't until sometime next spring, though you can put in orders now. Features in the level 1 performance pack are included meaning unique antilock brake turning, Brembo brakes, larger radiator, strut tower brace, and a TORSEN rear differential. Pricing for the level 2 package is unannounced.

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