India got its first official pony car earlier this year and it seems Ford is already working on building a new one for 2018. The Mustang – the typical muscle car it is known to be – will look subtly different from the current car. The big changes would be underneath and we suspect the new 10-speed automatic gearbox might make it to the ‘Stang. The not so good news being the naturally aspirated V6 petrol might get the boot.
The free-revving charm of the old school naturally aspirated V6 will be the only thing to reminisce in spite of the V6’s replacement being slightly more powerful. Yes the replacement is a 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder EcoBoost petrol – two cylinders knocked off and 1400cc less in cubic capacity. But it develops 310bhp of power against the 300bhp of the V6 and the turbocharging makes torque available much lower in the rev range.
The flagship 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 will continue to be the star in the Mustang line-up. The 2018 Mustang might also feature the new 10-speed automatic torque converter gearbox that has made its debut with Ford F-150 trucks. The 10-speed box will get the Mustang on par with its arch-rival the Chevrolet Camaro which already gets the 10-speed transmission on the ZL1. The torque converter automatic gearbox has been jointly developed by the two American giants and holds the bragging rights for the ‘most number of gears on a production car’ as of now.
We are also expecting the new Shelby GT500 to debut with the 2018 Mustang. In India, we only get the 5.0-litre V8 and being Ford’s halo car, there are slim chances of the EcoBoost Mustang making it to the country. But there is a high chance of the Shelby GTs coming to India before the 2018 Mustang.