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2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 Takes Aim at the Camaro SS 1LE

Ford Motor Company has announced that the 2018 Ford Mustang GT will be offered with a new performance package that is intended to narrow the gap in road handling between the “normal” Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350 – clearly taking aim at the Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE.


Via information leaked on the internet, we learned a while back that there was a spicier 2018 Ford Mustang GT performance package coming and today, the Motor Company dished the details on this new go-fast option. As we expected, the 2018 Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 enhances the capabilities of the new pony car in a variety of ways, all of which improve cornering and braking abilities – bridging the road-handling performance gap between the Mustang GT and the Shelby GT350.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
The Performance Pack Level 2 for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT is only offered with the 6-speed manual transmission, which is kind of surprising with the performance capabilities of the new 10-speed automatic. The package begins with all of the features of the current Mustang GT Performance Pack, including the Brembo six-piston front brakes and large rotors, a K-brace, a larger radiator, a strut tower brace, a Torsen 3.73 rear differential, unique chassis tuning and unique tuning to the braking system, the stability control and the power steering.

Next comes the good stuff, as the Performance Pack Level 2 adds a uniquely-tuned MagneRide suspension setup with a lowered stance (than the standard Mustang GT), unique steering calibration, a 67% stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12% stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20% stiffer front springs and 13% stiffer rear springs, a new front splitter that offers 24lbs of downforce at 80mph, a new rear spoiler, a set of staggered lightweight wheels measuring 19x10.5 up front and 19x11 out back and the 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires that we discussed last week.

The result of this package is a 2018 Ford Mustang GT that brakes better, corners better and accelerates more quickly than the standard Mustang GT, making the 460hp pony car a bit quicker in a straight line – but it should be a whole lot quicker on a road course.

Finally, 2018 Ford Mustang GT buyers who opt for the Performance Pack Level 2 can add Recaro seats in leather or cloth for extra grip when hammering the pony car around a race track.

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 will add $6,500 (not including the Recaro seats), but for that price, this 460 horsepower pony should be the best road racing package short of the current Shelby GT350.