2018 Mustang GT Gets Scary Fast Acceleration

Zero-to-60 in less than 4 seconds used to be the realm of the most elite supercars. Today, though, the Ferrari LaFerrari can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 2.4 seconds. Other supercars from Lamborghini, Bugatti, and Porsche have done it in 2.5 seconds.

While not comparable to street-legal vehicles, Top Fuel dragsters can reach 60 mph before their rear wheels even get to the start line. Needless to say, we live in a world where speed is king. Or at least, that’s what some automakers believe.

Take the upcoming 2018 Ford Mustang GT, for example, which can make the 0-60 sprint in a time that was once reserved for supercars only.

Here’s what Ford says in its press release for the new Mustang:

Ford’s most advanced and powerful Mustang GT is also the fastest ever, achieving 0-to-60-mph in less than four seconds in Drag Strip mode.

The new Mustang is also faster than a $94,000 Porsche 911 Carrera, which Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer, attributes to five factors:

  • Improved horsepower and torque output of the redesigned 5.0-liter V8
  • Maximum acceleration of available Drag Strip mode
  • Quicker, smoother shifting of the available 10-speed SelectShift® transmission
  • Optimized traction courtesy of the available custom-designed Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires on new Performance Pack

Horsepower is up to 460 from 435, while the 10-speed automatic somehow manages to not lose torque between shifts. We’re not sure exactly how that works, but that’s some pretty slick engineering from the folks at Ford and helps achieve that impressive acceleration.

We don’t know specifics about pricing yet for the new Mustang, or how much it’ll cost to check the box next to Drag Strip Mode on the options sheet, but for reference the 2017 Mustang GT starts at about $33,000. Wherever the final price lands, it’ll most certainly be at a level considered affordable by many muscle-car owners. Which is kind of scary.

Super-fast acceleration sure looks good on paper, but it’s not practical in the real world and could be dangerous in the wrong hands. So what do you think:

Is the 2018 Mustang GT too fast, or should 0-60 times keep getting shorter?

-tgriffith

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