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The Mustang GT adds brains to the brawn

The Mustang GT adds brains to the brawn
From Engadget - December 7, 2017

The 2018 Mustang GT Fastback Premium is loud, fast and sure to put a smile on the face of its fans. The growling (and it's nearly always growling) car has 460 horsepower and 420 pounds of torque supplied by a 5.0 liter V8. Its base price is $39,000 but the test car given to us by Ford was tricked out with the GT performance package, MagneRide damping suspension and a tuned exhaust, which bumps the price up to $49,000.

But all that cash (and it's a lot of cash) does not just pay for brute force. It also powers a car that's smarter than you would expect. While the exterior, tire-spinning power and roar of the car make it seem like a big dumb (but fun) animal, the pony has gotten an impressive tech upgrade.

The highlight is the 12-inch all-digital dashboard display. Ford has taken the simplicity of its muscle car's dashboard cluster and translated it into something that's easy to read, navigate and has wealth of features that unleash, or tame, the beast under the hood.

All of these features are accessible via the Mustang logo on the steering wheel. Press it and you are dropped into a menu system filled with ways to customize the car. From adjusting the color scheme of the dash cluster to raising the volume of the exhaust system -- all of it is a few taps away.

There's even the ability to schedule the car to start quietly instead of unleashing a thundering roar when the start button is depressed. Something that will make your neighbors and family happy when you have to leave for work at 5 am. Basically, you are telling the car to use its inside voice.

The in-dash mode selection system also makes it simpler to drive, well, like a maniac. The car's five modes include normal, sport, snow and ice, track and drag strip. That's right, there's a drag strip mode for those nights when you are at the track racing against Camaros, Teslas, Corvettes and tricked-out Hondas. In this mode, with launch control on, Ford states the Mustang can do zero to 60 in under four seconds. It's crazy quick. By comparison, the Honda Civic Sport goes from zero to 60 in 7.5 seconds.

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