We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up I drove a new high-performance version of the Ford Mustang GT on a race track — here's what it was like 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Review: The 3-Second Tire/Shock Combo Ford vs. Chevrolet: Here's which is bigger at the movie box office 2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2 first drive: making it a real sports car

We went to drive the new Ford Mustang—but a tornado messed things up

We went to test out the new Performance Pack 2 option, but Mother Nature intervened.

Jonathan M. You could go to town with aftermarket suppliers, buying new suspension components, uprated tires, and so on. Unfortunately, I wasn't really able to delve into either of those aspects of the PP2 GT. The Monticello Motor Club is a private facility located in New York’s Catskills. Ford thoughtfully provided us with some images of what the Mustang GT looked like on the track with more favorable weather.

Cadillac ATS 2.0T vs. Volkswagen goes lightweight with the I.D. The very same, and this car has a similar front end confidence to it, just like its big brother. Consider us interested. The Car Connection. Pack 2 also uses Ford’s MagneRide adjustable suspension, a $1,695 value. I could feel every one. Like the Corvette ZR1 , these systems are so sophisticated that they almost make you feel like you’re the one doing the work, as opposed to a computer chip and sensors.

I drove a new high-performance version of the Ford Mustang GT on a race track — here's what it was like

The GT350 has a 5.2-liter V8 engine, dubbed “Voodoo,” that can make 526 horsepower and, thanks to its flat-crank design, a sweetly aggressive exhaust note. Mustang’s with V8 engines are some of the absolute best deals in high-performance motoring currently available. All Mustangs with MagneRide enjoy these benefits. We ask our vehicles to be good for multiple uses, but few are asked to do such disparate duties as luxury sports cars.

Not this time as we weren’t able to max the car on the track thanks to a tornado rearranging the scenery the day before and rain stopping play. Jeep desert racer or old-school restomod: you choose TG drives some Jeeps in the desert. Chevrolet Corvette (C8) spy shots - Image via S. When considering all that costs just $2,500 more than Performance Pack 1 ($3,995), they’re practically paying you to get it!

We now live in a world with 460-hp, sub-4-second Ford Mustangs that sticker for well under $40,000. At the rear, you know it's a Performance Pack 2 car by that little black spoiler. The easiest ways to know if a 'stang has these add-ons are 1) that new front splitter, which Ford says adds 60lbs (27.2kg) of front downforce; 2) the rear spoiler; and 3) the dark metallic wheels. Each drive mode recalibrates how the MagnaRide dampers adapt to the car in motion, sampling data from wheel speed sensors, pitch, roll, yaw, and a list of other sensors all via the CANbus at 1,000Hz.

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Clearly, Ford is testing something, but what is it? I agree to receive emails from the site. But the Ford people claim that the new three-inch bigger front splitter creates an extra 24lb of downforce at 80mph. No money from the licence fee was used to create this website. Baldauf/SB-Medien Enlarge Photo For years we've heard rumors of the mid-engine C8 Chevrolet Corvette, but proof such a car exists has come via spy shots of prototypes.

On the slightly damp, pre-rained-on track, the car went right where I pointed it. And since we live in this world, we may as well get a track-day version that has as much stick as it has go. Those Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. They say history never repeats itself, and that's true—this time we managed four laps. No, I never got close to hearing a tire squeal during cornering, but out on the roads I also don't remember feeling the traction control intervene.

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The profits we make from it go back to BBC programme-makers to help fund great new BBC programmes. BBC is a trademark of the British Broadcasting Corporation. Ford's Mustang GT finally handles like the sports car it's always wanted to be. The weather managed to knock out power to thousands and dropped trees on what seemed like every road in the tri-county area. Turn-in, apex, exit, turn-in, apex curb and so on.

Hagerty brought along a 1965 Mustang. The evening before, the East Coast was battered by a derecho , and the area around Monticello, New York, was unfortunate enough to be visited by a tornado. For a 460hp (343kW) rear-wheel-drive car fitted with Cup 2 tires, that seems a little remarkable. Prior to track time, I took the ‘Stang for a brief spin on the roads around the club. Londense brand ook in Nederland?

MOTOR TREND | MOTOR TREND GROUP, LLC. The Bullitt in a couple of months and then the refreshed GT350 early next year. Then there’s the new GT500, but that’s not coming until deep into 2019. PP2 cars can be specced with Recaro seats clad in leather or, for a more racer feel, cloth. We want to provide you with the best experience on our products. BMW has given us our first glimpse at its much-hyped iNext via a teaser.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Package Level 2 first drive: making it a real sports car

The Ford Mustang was born a pony car, but it’s worked tirelessly for most of the last decade to move past its roots. To become a true sports car. The reintroduction of the Boss 302 in 2012 came close, but only in 2015 did Ford finally ditch the Mustang's solid rear axle for modern technology and an independent rear suspension. Despite its new rear...

The whole front end feels rock solid and 100 pounds lighter than a standard GT, though it isn’t. In a few weeks, we’ll get another track drive, so stay tuned for that. In April, Ford dropped a bombshell on us, announcing that it's going to cull almost its entire car lineup from the US market to concentrate on SUVs and crossovers. Trees were downed, as were power lines. I'm also a fan of the Mustang's new 12-inch digital instrument display.

Copyright © 2017 Business Insider Nederland. On the track, the steering feel is superb, with absolutely linear chassis response, negligible body roll, and a reasonable sense of road-surface grip coming up through the wheel rim. The Ford Mustang was born a pony car, but it’s worked tirelessly for most of the last decade to move past its roots. For now, though, the focus is on this, the Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2.

For example, when you search for a film, we use your location to show the most relevant cinemas near you. It confirms speculation that the vehicle will be a crossover SUV of some sort. The track must have used wires from one of the handful of snapped power lines along the roadside. It sits a half-inch lower too, but looking at it, with the extra big splitter in front, it still looks to ride a little high.

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Many roads were impassable. Enlarge / By 11am, the Mustangs were parked in pit lane, and here they stayed for the rest of the day. Say hello to some Recaro racing seats. All rights reserved. This is thanks in part to Ford’s wise decision not to fit a variable-ratio steering rack. Despite its new rear end, the Mustang hasn’t been able to shake off all its past. It’s one of those cars that you look at on paper and go ‘Hmmm, should be good’, but then you get in and drive it and it’s not just good but great.

This doesn't mean more ads, it means personalised ones. Volkswagen goes lightweight with the I.D. You don’t need power to run cars on a track, but dry pavement is helpful, especially when driving an unfamiliar car in an unfamiliar place. Same with the wheel wells. Follow Us Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest GET MORE AUTOWEEK Magazine Car news, reviews, motorsports, auto shows and stunning photography delivered right to your mailbox.

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Deze site gebruikt cookies Meer info lees je hier. The car feels plenty nimble without it, and the feel is so much more natural. In theory, Performance Package 1 should fix the Mustang’s dynamic issues, but it doesn’t. And it’s not because there’s loads of new bits on it – there aren’t. Especially as it’s only a $6,500 upgrade. Select 'OK' to continue using our products, otherwise, you will not be able to access our sites and apps.

I got a total of four laps before the track was soaked from rain. It needs a more hunker. Subscribe Today Digital Subscription Take Autoweek to go on your digital device and get the car news you want, wherever you are. On Wednesday, Ford invited us up to Monticello Motor Club in New York to try out the latest flavor of pony car, the Mustang Performance Pack 2. Had the problem just been the rain, plan B would have been to spend the rest of the day testing the cars on the roads around Monticello instead.

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Only the chassis - the drivetrain is unchanged. And, unless you live in the US and Canada, think about it is all you can do. The redesigned three-door (or is it four?) 2019 Hyundai Veloster costs $19,385 and will go on sale this summer, the automaker said Tuesday. GO I agree to receive emails from the site. I also logged about 50 road miles on the car, which left me with some good early impressions.

Subscribe Now Free Newsletters Get the best of autoweek.com – including breaking news, racing updates and daily features. Further Reading Packing a “voodoo” engine, the Shelby GT350 is Ford’s best-ever Mustang Long-time readers will know that I rarely pass up an opportunity to visit a racetrack. Sure, we'd have to leave them out of Track mode and wouldn't really learn much about how the cars behave at the limit.

To the track! Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs. My money is on the Mustang coming close but not quite cleaning up, and there’s no shame in this. I blasted around the track at Monticello Motor Club on Wednesday, in a Kona Blue Mustang GT equipped with the Performance Package Level 2, as heavy storm clouds rolled into the area. The suspension is where most of the work has been done. Those bigger wheels stick out too much for the PP2 to be legal in export markets, so we are not getting it in the UK.

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I agree to receive emails from the site. More will come soon -- a makeup track day is already on the calendar. Like the non-Pack 2 cars, it sounds great, maybe even better than the current Camaro , goes like hell and stops just as fast with a firm, high brake pedal. JavaScript is disabled in your browser, and the site may not function properly. That goes double if there's some seat time involved—triple if someone else is paying for fuel and tires.

All rights reserved. My chariot is Mustang GT in “Orange Fury Metallic Tri-Coat” colors. These barely DOT-legal semi-slicks feature two tread compounds, both of which are optimized for grip. This car clearly builds on all of that. Bomb into a corner hot, brake hard in a straight line, clutch in and downshift from 4th to 2nd, turn the steering wheel, look to the apex, and roll quickly into the throttle.

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Had everything gone to plan, the article you'd be about to read would be full of impressions from a day stress-testing this new Mustang. Of the three drive routes Ford had mapped out for us, two were off-limits. Recently, I had the chance to try an upgraded version of the Mustang GT of the iconic car on a race track. I drove like crap. These tires are lousy in the rain when new, becoming increasingly dangerous in the wet as their three tiny grooves disappear.

This Mustang responds with flat precision. The front sway bar is 12 per cent tauter and the rear sway bar, which is now solid, not tubular, is a full 67 per cent tougher. Like I say, there are plenty more on the way. While BMW is busy focusing on bringing more SUVs and electric cars to the market, the M division still wants more performance options. In its 2018 refresh, it got a new nose and a power boost to 460 hp.

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All 2018 Mustangs have monotube rear shocks, but only the MagneRide cars get inverted monotube front struts, as well. If you walk into a Ford dealer today, you can pick up a 2018 Mustang GT that makes 460 hp, hits 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, and includes an optional magnetic suspension for less than $45,000. Though there’s no Shelby badge, this Mustang has shockingly little body roll. Actually, no. This service is provided by Disqus and is subject to their privacy policy and terms of use .

But the best news, at least for track day and mountain road enthusiasts, was the Performance Pack Level 2 option , which will compete with the stellar Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE . That also contributes to tramming with the lines in the road, which most drivers don’t like, but I do. The whole package required a traction control recalibration, though engineers said they would do that even if they only changed the tires.

Looking back at my GT350 experience, I wrote that the two things that stood out were the brakes and the dampers. Would I be able to match up to the Mustang, optimized for speed? On the plus side, I was reflexively better at overcoming my biggest problem with performance driving, which is to keep my eyes moving ahead, down the track, to the next objective. This more rigid design is enough stiffer under lateral cornering to require more robust wheel bearings.

What if the Civic Type R came as a pickup? No, I’ve been saving the best bits until last. Big Read Driving the Land Rover Defender Works V8 Four hundred horsepower in a Defender? Thank you! The $6,500 package comes with all of the Performance Pack one stuff -- Brembo six-piston front brakes, a K-brace, strut tower brace and front subframe V-brace. All of those sticks and branches on the pavement?