Ford unveiled a new Performance Pack for the Mustang GT lst night, closing the gap between it and the top-end GT350.
The new "Level 2" pack will be available this month in the US, building on Level 1 features such as Brembo six-piston brakes, retuned stability, braking and steering systems, a bigger radiator and a Torsen rear diff with 3.73 axle ratio by adding stiffer springs and stabiliser bars, a lower ride height, new front and rear spoiler and unique 19-inch alloys with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
Visually, the Level 2 pack stands out from regular variants with black detailing on the splitter and spoiler and exclusive 10-spoke wheels.
The latest performance pack is the result of afterhours work by a crack team of engineers at Ford in the US. Taking care of the new aerodynamics was former NASA aerodynamics specialist, Jonathan Gesekm, who used the famed Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark.
“Our targets were aggressive,” he said, “and we nailed them,” said Gesekm.
The skunkworks nature of the project required going outside of procedures such as 3D printing prototype parts to enable faster turnaround times. However, the result is ultra-responsive steering, braking and handling performance according to Ford supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, Jamie Cullen.
“It will just beg you to go faster,” said Cullen. “The car has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip,’ said Cullen.
But Ford Australia says it isn’t considering the Level 2 pack for Australia and that we’re already spoiled with warranty-backed Mustang performance parts.
“We have no plans to offer the US-market Level 2 package on Australian Mustang models,” Ford product communications manager Damion Smy told TMR.
“Mustang already has a performance pack on Australian-spec versions that’s above the US-spec Mustang. We also offer Ford Performance parts to Australian Mustang buyers, including handling, exhaust and cosmetic upgrades with a full warranty available through Ford dealers,” he added.
Some of the performance packs available here include a tuned suspension kit ($4130), mandrel-bent 2.5-inch exhaust for the GT ($3584) and short-throw shift-kit for manual equipped Mustangs ($805).
When fitted to a new Mustang, the Performance Parts are covered by a three-year/100,000km warranty, but when fitted to an already purchased Mustang the warranty is only 12-months/20,000km.
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