While we wait for the new power figures associated with the 2018 Mustang’s upgraded 2.3 liter EcoBoost engine, Ford has announced it will come standard with the same tire frying line-lock feature the 5.0 liter V8 Mustang GT made famous in 2015.
Expanding the availability of the “track-use-only” electronic line-lock feature to the 2018 Mustang EcoBoost is a tip of the hat that its increased horsepower and torque is worthy fire of all the smoke though we will wait a little longer to find out what that power is.
To be available with both the GT and the EcoBoost and models with both the new 10-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmissions, it will be joined by an additional first for Mustang and any car for that matter, a smoking tire burnout animation on its optional 12-inch digital instrument display.
With high-end graphic capability, the new 12-inch digital screen will not only offer the smoking tire animation when using line-lock but offer a full array of color and information screen customization options for all other modes of driving. Let’s just say it takes the My Color feature of the 2005 Mustang 10-times up.
The line-lock feature of course applies the brakes to only the front wheels of the Mustang to hold it still while allowing the rear wheels to spin freely for up to 15 seconds at the press of a steering wheel mounted button.
“We introduced line-lock on EcoBoost Mustangs because we didn’t want those customers to miss out,” said Mark Schaller, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “The number of people choosing EcoBoost power continues to grow globally, and with the increased torque and new features coming on the new Mustang, customers will not be disappointed.”
You of course have to agree to legal disclaimers that you are only doing this on a track and that you aren’t breaking any laws. Best of all, the feature doesn’t break your warranty either.
The 2018 Mustang gets not only the revised 2.3 liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine which is expected to get a healthy power bump to similar numbers we see in the Ford Focus RS which are 350 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
Fans of the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 also get a bump in power with the addition of a new fuel system of both port and direct-injection along with a number of other engine enhancements that too will bring more ponies to the Mustang.
What those numbers are we are going to have to wait for as Ford is being characteristically close to the vest with them as they have come to be in the past few years.
The 2018 Mustang goes on sale late this summer and will debut some significant styling tweaks up front, new interior touches and a number of new options. The 3.7 liter V6 however is gone for good.