The EcoBoost now gets line-lock and a new Pony Package for 2018. Madness i tell you!

The Ford Mustang. It’s one of history’s most iconic muscle cars (and now a modern day crowd-hunting missile) that has seen a total of six generations, several different body styles, and one of the most loyal fanbases out there. It’s had its ups and downs but has been in constant production since March of 1964, with the most recent generation coming to life for the 2015 model year. Since then, the Mustang has been reworked a bit, with a new face for 2018 and a revamp of drivetrain options that will cut out the V-6 altogether. Along with the facelift and change to the drivetrain lineup, it was recently announced that even the EcoBoost Mustang will now come with line-lock, and now Ford is announcing a new “Pony Package” for the EcoBoost model that brings some stand-out aesthetics and the classic pony-in-corral grille that has appeared occasionally since it was displayed on the original concept in the mid-1960s

The last time the pony-in-corral grille was seen was back in 2015 as part of the Mustang’s anniversary package, but this time around as part of the package for the EcoBoost, you’ll also get a few other items that include side stripes on the lower body, tri-bar pony badge on the rear deck, a brightened beltline and window trim for hard tops, and a fresh pair of wheels. Inside, you get some floor mats with an embroidered pony logo to tie the whole package together. So far, there’s no price announced yet, but we should learn more about the price of this package as well as pricing for the 2018 Mustang shortly before it goes on sale in time for Halloween.

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If You Want a V-8 No Pony Package for You

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package Exterior High Resolution
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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package Exterior High Resolution
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2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package Exterior High Resolution
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So, assuming this package is priced fairly, it sounds pretty good – those 19-inch aluminum wheels should look pretty good on the updated Pony, as will the iconic badge that comes with the package and the stripes. But, that also means you’re stuck with the EcoBoost engine. Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing – it does pump out 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque from that little 2.3-liter, all-aluminum mini powerhouse. And, for the record, it also has a shorter wheelbase than both the Dodge Challenger and the Chevy Camaro. Compared to the 2.0-liter Camaro, it has 35 more horsepower and five more ponies than the Challenger with the 3.6-liter. Obviously, the EcoBoost Mustang has it going on.

Ford Mustang Chevrolet Camaro 2.0T Dodge Challenger
Engine 2.3-liter EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4 DOHC VVT DI Turbocharged 3.6-Liter Pentastar V-6
Horsepower 310 HP @ 5,500 RPM 275 HP @ 5,600 RPM 305 HP @ 6,350 RPM
Torque 320 LB-FT @ 3,000 RPM 295 LB-FT @ 3,000-4,500 RPM 268 LB-FT @ 4,800 RPM
Transmission six-speed manual six-speed manual six-speed manual
Curb weight 3,542 Lbs 3,354 Lbs 3,894 Lbs
0 to 60 mph 6.4 seconds 5.5 seconds 6.2 seconds
Top Speed 130 mph 130 mph 120 mph

With that said, the 2018 Mustang will represent one of the best Mustangs in the car’s history (the first generation notwithstanding, of course), and it’s more advanced than ever. Not only does it have that powerful EcoBoost engine as the entry-level option, but it also comes with line-lock for track-day racing across the model range not to mention that new 10-speed automatic that should offer good economy and great shift times. A manual transmission is obviously still available because Ford knows better – it comes with a twin-disc clutch, and dual-mass flywheel for 2018 to make it more efficient and capable of handling all that torque.

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The pony is going back into the corral. An available Pony Package for the 2018 Mustang – offered with EcoBoost®-equipped cars – gives a nod to the nameplate heritage with its grille-mounted pony-in-corral badge design.

2018 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Gets a New Pony Package Exterior High Resolution
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As it was more than 50 years ago, the iconic Mustang logo will be surrounded in a chrome corral for the 2018 Ford Mustang-equipped Pony Package. The badge design first appeared on Mustang in the mid-1960s when the car was still in concept phase. It has appeared in various forms since, and was last used as part of an anniversary package for 2015.

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The pony-in-corral grille badge is one of numerous appearance updates included with the Pony Package. Other features include:

19-inch polished aluminum wheels
Bright beltline and window trim for fastback model
Premium carpeted floor mats with Ebony embroidered pony logo
Side stripes on lower body sides
Tri-bar pony badge on rear decklid appliqué

The 2018 Mustang is due in showrooms this October.

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