2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Group Review: Where Muscle Car Meets Track Attacker

Packing a stiff MagneRide suspension, aggressive tires, and a 455-horsepower V8, the PP2 Mustang shows just how far the pony car has come.

byJun 4, 2018 12:52 PM
2018 Ford Mustang GT Performance Pack 2 Group Review: Where Muscle Car Meets Track Attacker
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Two of The Drive’s editors—Will Sabel Courtney

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[After-the-Fact Check: All the automotive industry's magnetic dampers are made by Delphi Automotive.]

Which sounds a little misleading, because I had four laps of the track—my first time ever driving it, notably—while racing against one giant bucket of a rainstorm. Which showed up as soon as I hit pit lane and cancelled the on-track driving for the rest of the day.

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[After-the-Fact Check: The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 was originally developed for hypercars like the Porsche 918 Spyder; it was also used on the Koenigsegg Agera RS during its record 277-mph top speed run.]

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[After-the-Fact Check: In addition to the above, Performance Pack 2 also includes six-piston Brembo brakes up front with upsized calipers, a larger radiator, a strut tower brace and K-brace, a new front splitter, and a Torsen limited-slip diff.]

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[After-the-fact check: The 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packed both a 661-horsepower supercharged 5.8-liter V8 and a solid live axle.]

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And the GT500 was the Dodge Challenger Hellcat of its day: so overpowered as to be unusable.

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Also, I'd like to take exception to your assertion that the modern Mustang is a muscle car. Because Ford is definitely trying to turn it into a sports car.

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(Of three cars.)

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Ford and GM have redefined the muscle car to basically be a sports car. The Chally is a holdover from the olden days.

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Yeah, good analogy. And a nose tackle that can run a 4.4 40 is a hell of a thing.

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I could use much less bobbing and weaving when the road goes squidgy, though. I scared myself a bit on a few occasions, thinking I was going to bounce into the next lane.

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That actually makes me think of something: I wonder if Ford gave the engineers the green-light to develop this because they knew the Shelby GT350 was going away to make room for the 2019 GT500. Because it does use goodies from the GT350, right?

[After-the-Fact Check: The PP2 Mustang's Michelin tires come from the Shelby GT350R, and the MagneRide dampers—also found on other 2018 Mustangs—also were first found on the GT350.]

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[After-the-Fact check: Unsurprisingly, the optional bucket seats are made by Recaro.]

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What did you think of the rest of the interior, not that there's much of it?

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So basically, this is the "new" Mustang that everyone (mostly) loves, just optimized for the track, and therefore (mostly) better. Except for the fucking tramlining. I forgot about that with those tires. They would find any groove in the road and follow it like a cult leader.

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All right, final thoughts?

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So on that note:

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