• 2018 Ford Mustang GT V8 Spied Uncovered

    2018 ford mustang gt new 5.0l engine

    Ford has unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang GT but it is keeping the important details as a surprise. For instance, the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 has been revised but just how much and how many horses will it produce and what’s the new engine’s fuel economy? All of these important questions remain unanswered.

    What we do know is that the current car’s V6 will be discontinued making the V8 and the 4-cylinder Ecoboost the only choices.

    Earlier this year at the Chicago Auto Show I spoke with the Mustang’s lead engineer. Chief engineer Carl Widmann says that the only carryover piece from the current 5.0-liter is the crankshaft. You can watch my 2018 Ford Mustang GT walk-around video below. However, Ford and Carl were not yet ready to show me what’s under the hood of the new 2018 Ford Mustang GT in Chicago. They are playing their cards close to the vest but thanks to TFL reader Tyler C we now know what the 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s engine looks like.

    2018 ford mustang gt at chicago auto show

    Tyler sent us this image and writes, “I plan on being one of the first in the KC area to own a 2018 mustang GT. I was at the Kansas City International Auto Show this weekend and snapped a picture under the hood.”

    Thanks Tyler for the quick pic and getting the 2018 Ford Mustang GT’s powerplant uncovered and exposed.

    Please stayed tuned to TFLcar for more details on the 2018 Ford Mustang GT. We’ll be sure to go to Colorado’s High Country soon and do a bit of Prototype Hunting to see if we can spy the 2018 Ford Mustang GT in the wild.

    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica
    Roman Mica is a publisher, columnist, journalist, and author, who spent his early years driving fast on the German autobahn. When he’s not reviewing cars or producing videos, you can find him training for triathlons and writing about endurance sports for EverymanTri.com as our sister blog’s publisher. Mica is a former broadcast reporter with his Master’s Degree in journalism from Northwestern University. He is also a presenter for TFLcar’s very popular video review channels on YouTube.

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    11 thoughts on “2018 Ford Mustang GT V8 Spied Uncovered

    1. I’ll admit i like the body styling of the new car , I really do but I really feel like Ford (as usual) will really drop the ball on the powertrain. Ford still will not get it through their heads to just use a regular push-rod engine with big cubic inches like Dodge & GM. I don’t get it. But in it’s own right, the mustang is still a beautiful car, it has just lost 99.9% of that true muscle car mustang feeling but Ford is chasing a dream that it will never achieve. It wants to be a high end European car. I’m sorry ford but you can’t be something that you’re not.

        1. To give you an honest answer, put more displacement in the coyote motor, maybe up to 5.4L or something like that. The modular motor isn’t a horrible engine. It’s just that the new 5.0 lacks so much of that ford mustang sound it’s just disappointing. I’ve driven a 5.0L Coyote mustang and i liked it a lot however it just doesn’t feel like a mustang anymore. I guess i’m a little too nostalgic at times.

    2. This is sad sad sad fist off the 5.3 should be the basic motor v8 wise second the 4.0 v6 sounded much better then the new 3.8 and 4 cylinder sounds like crap it might go but you don’t want to show what’s under the hood and why it sounds like crap fords Eco boost engines sound awful the worst .lastly the 94 5.0 sounds much better hands down than the new 5.0 I’m dispointed also the new mustang looks to fiminen like Elton John designed it bring it back when mustangs look like they were carved by God himself to lol

    3. 1st off i have owned 5 mustangs 3 still today all gt,s.the new look is not my style. But the motor has been the best.since 2011 out of gm and dodge. Over head cams runs smoother and builds more power under supercharger or turbocharger because of geting rid of the garbage pushrod motor .thats why the other companys need the cubic inches to keep up the power. And vbondjr my mustangs out handle your euro junk. My wife owns a bmw m4 that my 15 and 17 gt own at the track its called steeda suspension and my cars are 20gs cheaper than hers with the upgrades. And brandon srt 4 realy a girls car.i hate the way the 18 looks. But its not girly. But your user name is after a dodge neon srt 4 nothing more girly than that!

      1. that’s a lie it’s a good motor but the 6.4 and 6.2 are far better engines….the power and sound of either leave the Ford for dead. The 2017 gt sounds like it could be a V6….and the new one just looks odd

      2. I own a Mustang. But thanks anyway. I’ve never owned anything that wasn’t an American car and probably never will. Secondly, let’s look at the stats. Both the Camaro SS and the Challenger SRT-392 will destroy any STOCK 5.0 mustang in a drag race and the new Camaro will destroy a mustang on any track. Take your pick! I’ve been a Mustang fan all my life but Ford as of right now has been failing miserably with their S550 Mustang. Now i will say this, The 2018 mustang looks nice, better than it has in a few years. I’ve had a pushrod mustang and a modular mustang and i’ve built mustangs before a ’68 Coupe with a 351W (no the car didn’t come with the 351W but we put it in their anyway) and i’ve built a few fox bodies as well. I’ve tuned mustangs and i’ve been a big part of the Mustang aftermarket community so I’m pretty big on mustangs, but I’m not close minded about them. Oh yeah and that SRT4 can wipe up the ground with most stock mustang GT cars prior to 2011 so i wouldn’t consider it too much a girls car. Yes its a FWD 4-cylinder turbo but make no mistake that’s no Civic Si or VW GTI (those are girls cars) And just a little secret bud, Dodge’s 5.7L makes 395hp and 410hp with only .7L more engine than a 5.0 and the 5.0 can barely make 400lb ft of torque and it’s just now that it makes 435hp/400lb-ft torque but when it came out the 5.0L DOHC only made 412hp/390tq so please don’t talk about OHC engines as if they’re so glorious. Mustangs are cool cars, they really are and they always will be but as of right now, they are nearly 3rd place in the American Muscle car war and all I’m saying is unless Ford does something major with their 5.0 they’re going to stay there.

    4. First off I was 18 when I bought that car in 2003 that’s my first car what was yours a Amc gremlin ,second the gm’s LS v8 was and is better then any v8 Ford Mustang ,better than the 4.6 5.0 and 5.3 third there are many srt4’s putting out well over 700hp mine is dynoed at 410hp and 367tq 21 pounds that’s on stock turbo and stage 1 factory upgrades 200 bucks worth so that’s the same power as the new mustang gt and I didn’t have to spend 40k doing it so you can talk all you want but one thing srt4’s are known for is eating up mustangs FYI the stock top speed on srt4’s is 152 mustangs are limited to 143 I just drove my buddies new gt beat him by a car threw top speed so eat that ford humper

    5. I was at the Kansas City Missouri auto show. The Ford spokesman allowed me to sit in the car . I had an extensive discussion with the Ford representive about the 2018 Mustang GT. Even though the picture shows a 5.0 emblem that is not what engine it is. According to the Ford factory representative the engine is actually a 5.2 . I believe he also said this mustang was a test mule and he was going to have the pleasureo of putting it to the test at Ford’s 4 mile track . He also said the horse power figures would be released approximately 1 1/2 months after the Kansas City Missouri auto show .

      1. that’s the second time i’ve heard the new mustang is actually going to be a 5.2 and not the 5.0 its just that the new mustang is going to have a cross-plane crank 5.2. I was talking to a Ford Racing Rep this week about some stuff and he mentioned that.

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