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2018 Ford Mustang Spy Shots: 10-Speed AT, LED Rings, Redesigned Body Confirmed?

First Posted: Oct 19, 2016 06:10 PM EDT
The redesigned Mustang is slated to released by Ford in the first half of 2017 for the 2018 model year.<br />
The redesigned Mustang is slated to released by Ford in the first half of 2017 for the 2018 model year.

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Followed by spy photo shots in a nearby Ford plant in Michigan, this densely camouflaged 2018 Ford Mustang prototype looks like a Mustang, with LED-ringed head lights flaunting a slightly redesigned bumper and more aggressively modified front grille. It is also on the card to get the new extra ten-speed automatic transmission.

The 2017 Mustang and 2018 are almost the same, down to the shape of the mirrors. You will also notice the bumper is more distinct. While most of the details of the 2018 Ford Mustang are unknown at this point, what could be determined from the spy shots is enough to whet the appetite of avid Mustang fans.  

The great news, is the extensive mechanical upgrade will come in the form of the Ford 10R80 10-Speed automatic, co-developed with GM and installed on the F-150 Raptor and Camaro ZL1. The 10r80 promises to improve fuel economy which is already measured at 21 miles per gallon in the in city and 30 on the freeway and faster uplift pace than Porsche's PDK.

The jury's still out on just which versions of the Mustang might get the new slushbox. Ford currently offers the model with four, six, or eight cylinders. All versions currently come standard with a six-speed manual transmission and (save for the Shelby GT350 and GT350R) are offered with an optional six-speed automatic, stated from Carscoops.

Recent reports penned output for the upcoming Shelby GT500 at 810 HP, which is a lot of get-up-and-go if I'm honest. On that note, there is still no certain about what's going to lurk under the hood: the 5.8-liter Trinity V8 or a force-fed version of the 5.2-liter Voodoo flat-plane crank V8, according to Autoevolution.

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