When the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang hits dealers in the fall, it will start at $26,485, including a destination charge. That's for a stick-shift Mustang coupe with an EcoBoost (that is, turbocharged) 2.3-liter four-cylinder that makes 310 horsepower and 350 pounds-feet of torque.
With the optional 10-speed automatic, the 'Stang hits 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, Ford says. A line-lock feature for drag-strip burnouts is standard, but to post the best numbers, you'll want the V-8 Mustang GT (460 hp, 420 pounds-feet of torque), which Ford says can nail 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. In the Mustang, eight cylinders will set you back around 36 big ones.
Pricing for the 2018 Mustang is now available through Ford's online configurator. Here's the breakout of major features and pricing; all figures include destination:
The Mustang EcoBoost starts at $26,485 with a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, one-touch power windows, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, a limited-slip rear differential, keyless access with push-button start and a 4.2-inch dashboard display with a backup camera.
Mustang EcoBoost Premium
The Mustang EcoBoost Premium runs $31,500, a hefty $5,015 more. But it adds considerable equipment: 18-inch rims, LED foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated leather seats with six-way power adjustments, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and an 8-inch touchscreen in place of the 4.2-inch unit.
The Mustang GT runs $35,995. It reverts to cloth seats — albeit power-adjustable ones — but gets the V-8, quad exhaust tips (versus dual tips in the EcoBoost), 18-inch rims and LED foglights.
Mustang GT Premium
Finally, the Mustang GT Premium starts at $39,995. Like the EcoBoost Premium, it gets the 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus heated and ventilated leather seats, dual-zone climate control and more.
Of note, the 2018 Mustang's starting price roughly splits the difference between the 2017 Mustang's V-6 ($26,085) and EcoBoost ($27,095) variants. Ford has dropped the V-6 for 2018, but its output (300 hp, 280 pounds-feet) trails the 2018 model's updated EcoBoost four-cylinder.
Some features on Premium models are optional on the base trims. Ford's new 10-speed automatic adds a steep $1,595 to any version, though it also comes with remote start. Further options run the gamut: Performance packages ($2,495 on the EcoBoost or $3,995 on the GT) add 19-inch wheels and summer tires, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential and shorter rear-axle ratios to improve acceleration. They also add uprated suspension and chassis components with beefier brakes and more front-caliper pistons — four on the EcoBoost or six Brembos on the GT.
Performance junkies, some notes on axle ratios:
- The manual EcoBoost gets a standard 3.31:1 ratio, or a 3.55 ratio with the Performance Package.
- The GT manual gets the 3.55 ratio standard, or a 3.73 ratio on the Performance Package.
- Both automatics start with a 3.15 ratio but go up to 3.55 with additional packages.
Adaptive shock absorbers come with Ford's MagneRide Damping System, which costs $1,695 on any trim (though it requires other perquisite packages on lower trims). Various optional premium stereos culminate in Ford's Shaker unit. Add all that and many more options, and the Mustang GT coupe tops out around $55,000 with factory options but no accessories.
The Mustang convertible, meanwhile, starts at $31,985 with the EcoBoost four-cylinder — $5,500 more than its hardtop counterpart. The EcoBoost Premium convertible starts at $37,000. The GT convertible comes only as a Premium trim, which starts at $45,495. Those prices are without options; loaded to the gunwale, the GT Premium convertible ends up close to $60,000.
Shelby GT350, GT350R
The higher-performance Shelby GT350 (526 hp, 429 pounds-feet of torque) runs $58,045, while the even-more-fearsome GT350R is $65,545. Factory options can nudge the cars north of $61,000 and $69,000, respectively, but a radio-delete option on the GT350R costs nothing — well, besides the ire of your passengers. But that's what story time is for, no?