Looks like Ford is jacking up the power for the 2018 Mustang by giving a kitschy option called the, and we quote, the “Drag Strip” mode. Really. No, really. Well, this will make the 2018 Ford Mustang the fastest ever built. The 5.0-liter V8 model has 460 horsepower (up from 435 in 2017) and 420 pound-feet of torque (up from 400) while the 2.3-liter EcoBoost has the same 310 horsepower as the previous year and 350 pound-feet of torque. To put it another way, don’t get the EcoBoost if you’re buying a pony car.
Ford claims that in Drag Strip mode the car will go from 0 to 60 in less than 4 seconds with the eight-cylinder powertrain. The 0 to 60 time for the V-8 engine bests that of the $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera. Their chief engineer indicated that you won’t lose time when shifting gears with the new Ford-built ten-speed automatic transmission because the torque and horsepower are peaking all the way up the gears. Giddy up!