New Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Challenges Camaro SS 1LE

New Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack Challenges Camaro SS 1LE

Ford unveiled a new Performance Pack for the Mustang GT lst night, closing the gap between it and the top-end GT350.

The package will add $6,500 to the cost of a Mustang GT fastback manual, the only model for which the package is available.

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.

That may be about to change with the Level 2 Performance Package, however, which includes a plethora of performance upgrades that make the Mustang GT more track-focused.

Everything else you'd find on the original Performance Pack - beefy Brembo brakes, special chassis tuning, a Torsen rear differential, a larger radiator and a strut tower brace - are all included in the Level 2 package.

The pony auto war continues to heat up - and you can give credit to a team of Ford Mustang engineers who made a decision to create their own skunkworks team, keeping their efforts secret until they knew they could deliver a package that would outperform their arch-rival over at Chevrolet.


Elsewhere, the Level 2 package adds a custom set of 19-inch wheels designed by renowned tire and wheel engineer Chauncy Eggleston wrapped in grippy Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires - the same tires found on the Shelby GT350R, Chevy Corvette Z06 and Mercedes-AMG GT R. Compared to the standard Performance Pack, these custom tires are 1.5 inches wider. Ride height has been lowered thanks to updated MagneRide suspension, giving the Mustang GT a more aggressive stance. The front springs are 20% stiffer than those on PP1; the front sway bar is 12% stiffer, while the rear is an astonishing 67% stiffer.

The new splitter and spoiler increase aerodynamic downforce on the auto to keep it stable at high speeds, At 80 miles per hour, they generate 24 pounds of downforce, the exact opposite of the aerodynamic lift some vehicles develop at speed.

The team quietly used tool like 3D printing to develop Level 2 features like the rear spoiler. New suspension tuning brings the auto more than 0.5 inches closer to the ground, as well. As sort of a skunkworks project, the team crafted the pack on their own before bringing it to management for the official blessing to work on it on-the-clock.

Performance Pack 2 is less about straight-line acceleration than steering, braking, grip and aerodynamics. "The vehicle has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip".

"It will just beg you to go faster", Cullen said.

The most obvious changes are on the exterior, with a lower, more aggressive stance, a high performance front splitter - which was based on the unit found in the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, and thanks to its 3 inches of fanning around the edges of the auto, can create 10kg of downforce at 1128kmh - and a new rear spoiler.

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