The Ford Mustang gets a refresh for 2018 with more power and better fuel efficiency. It also gets a new Performance Pack Level 2 to fill the slot between the GT Performance Pack and the GT350.
This new Ford Mustang package adds onto the existing Performance Pack, which already includes plenty of enhancements like unique chassis and antilock brake tuning, unique stability control and electric power-assisted steering, Brembo six-piston front brake calipers with larger rotors, a k-brace, larger radiator, silver-painted strut tower brace, and a Torsen rear differential with 3.73 axle ratio. The Performance Pack Level 2 builds on those enhancements and is only available on Mustangs with a manual transmission.
The new pack adds a special front splitter and rear spoiler and 305/30/R19 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires with staggered aluminum wheels that are 19″ x 10.5″ up front and 19″ x 11″ in the rear. That makes these tires 1.5 inches wider than what you’ll get with the Performance Pack Level 1. Ford says they provide a firmer grip and, along with the specially tuned chassis, will put your Mustang a half-inch closer to the ground.
There are tuned MagneRide dampers and the steering calibration is adjusted to provide better response. Ford improved handling further with a 67 percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar and 12 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar. There are also better springs that are 20 percent stiffer in front and 13 percent stiffer in back. This should improve cornering and reduce body roll.
Engineers used the splitter from the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca as their benchmark for the Performance Pack Level 2. It attaches to the underside of the Mustang and extends out as far as 3 inches in the corners. This creates 24 pounds of downforce at 80 mph. The redesigned rear spoiler balances out that front splitter.
It will take a keen eye to spot a Mustang equipped with the Performance Pack Level 2 since visual cues are rather muted. There’s black detailing on the splitter and spoiler, unique tire spats on the back edge of the rear wheel wells, and 10-inch Dark Tarnish wheels. Inside, there’s the option for owners who purchase this pack to add Recaro seats in either leather or cloth.
Pricing on the Performance Pack Level 2 has yet to be announced.