It is the joy of every employer to have not only loyal employees but passionate ones who are self- motivated. Ford seems to have a special crop of employees going by the recent developments from the automaker. Ford engineers, those in charge of designing the Ford Mustang are so much in love with the muscle car that they commenced a project to hook up the Mustang with a fantastic handling/chassis package. The engineers wanted something better for their Mustang than what is currently offered via the Performance Pack Level 1.
To do this, these engineers dedicated their weekends and after-work hours to develop the necessary equipment to achieve their dream. According to Ford, these engineers only presented the project to the managers once it was completely out of fear of being turned down midway. The management was so impressed with the team’s work that they immediately approved it for actual production. Therefore, courtesy of their dedication, enthusiasts now have a more aggressive performance package for the 2018 Ford Mustang GT referred to as the “Performance Pack Level 2”.
2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2
What it offers
The Performance Pack Level 2 features a number of performance-oriented upgrades. To start with, the most recognizable feature is the set of huge Y-spoke 19-inch cast-aluminum rollers that have a 10.5-inch width at the front and 11-inch width at the rear. These new wheels are wrapped in305/30ZR-19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performing tires. These are the same tires used on the Mustang Shelby GT350R. The pack also features a deep chin splitter whose design is inspired by the Mustang Boss Laguna Seca. The splitter adds 24 lbs of down-force when the GT is cruising at 80 mph. There is also a ducktail spoiler placed on the trunk; the unit which is finished in black adds downforce at the rear. According to Ford, the huge wheels, as well as the aerodynamic upgrades, will also be offered as standalone options via the Ford Performance Parts catalog.
The Pack Level 1 package features are included as part of the Pack Level 2 package; this means you still get all the awesome performance features of Level 1 Including the huge Brembo brakes that feature 6-piston brake calipers. Other features include strut-tower braces, extra chassis, a larger radiator, a stability-control system, electrically-assisted power steering and 3.73:1 rear axle ratio that also features a Torsen limited-slip differential. However, these features have been upgraded for the Pack Level 2 to work well with Level 2’s stiffer springs which are 20% firmer at the front and 13% at the rear compared to base GT models, thicker anti-roll bars (12% stronger at the front and 67% at the rear compared to base models). Pack Level 2 also offers adaptive dampers that are driver-adjustable (these are a $1,695 option for other Mustangs).
When is it available?
The 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 is already available for order along with the 2018 Ford Mustang GT which arrives this spring. The package costs $6,500, which makes it $2,505 more expensive than the Performance Pack Level 1. The package will be offered only with the 5.0 L, V-8 powered Mustang GT coupes with the 6-speed manual gearbox. Buyers who order the package for base GT models must also add the Equipment Group 301A which offers Sync 3 infotainment system, USB ports, driver-selectable driving modes, a 9-speaker audio system as well as a dual-zone climate control at only $2,000.
Buyers can also opt for a navigation system for an extra $795 and the 401A Equipment Group which adds leather seats instead of cloth seats, 12-inch digital instrument panel, a Wi-Fi hotspot and heated steering wheel. Buyers, however, have to hurry and place their orders as the automaker plans to limit production of the package to only 1,500 units annually.