By on October 23, 2017

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

The Ford Mustang sports a snazzy new set of duds for 2018 but, with the GT350 largely unchanged for 2018 and the GT500 still just a rumor, Ford is looking to generate extra buzz in the high-performance end of the stable.

Fortunately, it seems the Blue Oval has a team of gearheads willing to burn the midnight octane in order to provide something new for Mustang customers who count themselves squarely amongst the go-fast set.

Bridging the performance gap between the Mustang GT equipped with Ford’s Performance Pack and the GT350 is the creatively named Performance Pack Level 2. Hey, we said they’re bringing faster lap times, not marketing solutions.

The main goal of Level 2 is to further tighten up the Mustang’s handling, with front and rear stabilizer bars now 12 and 67 percent stiffer, respectively. Springs are stiffer by 20 percent up front and twelve percent stiffer in the rear. In a nod to purists, the Level 2 package is only available on Mustangs equipped with a manual transmission.

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

Eagle-eyed spotters will note Mustangs equipped with the Level 2 package are half-an-inch closer to terra firma than Level 1 cars. Other visual giveways will be black detailing on the front splitter and a redesigned rear spoiler painted a similar natty shade of black. That front splitter, by the way, was designed by a former NASA aerodynamics specialist. Keep that in mind for the next Cars n’ Coffee.

Mustangs with the Performance Pack Level 2 will wear more rubber than a deep-sea diver. Monstrous Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires measuring 305/30/R19 are 1.5 inches wider than tires found on Level 1 Mustangs. Ten-spoke Level 2 rims designed by a longtime wheel and tire engineer are unique to the package. The presently-available Recaro seats can be opted with this package.

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

All of these go-fast goodies are in addition to the GT Performance Pack already available which brings unique tuning to the chassis, Brembo brakes, and a Torsen rear diff with 3.73 gearing in stick shift-equipped Mustang GTs (slushbox GTs get 3.55s). A larger radiator helps keep things cool during spirited driving sessions.

The Performance Pack Level 2 will leave a $6,500 dent in your wallet compared to the now-pedestrian GT Performance Pack, which currently adds $3,995 to the Monroney of a 2018 Mustang GT Fastback. Right now, one can spec a Mustang with the current Performance Pack without being required to select other expensive option packages. We hope this remains true for this Level 2 package.

The Performance Pack Level 2 will be available on manual-trans Mustang GTs early next year.

Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2

[Images: Ford Motor Company]

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41 Comments on “Level Up: Ford Introduces Performance Pack Level 2 for 2018 Mustang...”


  • avatar
    hirostates12

    The “performance pack” is Fords way to hose the client for
    4k at retail with virtually zero cost added to manufacturing the car.

    Of course the cars sent to mags and vloggers will be the “packed” version, but the advertised base prices will be for the downgraded car. I say “downgraded” vs calling the PP car “upgraded” as that car is what they all should be.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      The performance pack is a $3000 upgrade and $1000 of that is the wheels.

      In the 2017 car, you get the following:

      • 19″ X 9″ (F) 19” X 9.5” (R) Ebony Black-Painted Aluminum Wheels
      • 255/40R19 (F) 275/40R (R) Summer Only Tires
      • Brembo™ Six-Piston Front Brake Calipers with Larger Rotors
      • “Engine Turn” Aluminum Instrument Panel
      • Gauge Pack (Oil Pressure and Vacuum)
      • Heavy-Duty Front Springs
      • K-Brace
      • Larger Radiator
      • Spoiler Delete
      • Strut-tower Brace
      • Unique Chassis Tuning
      • Upsized Rear Sway Bar
      • Unique Stability Control, EPAS & ABS Tuning
      • TORSEN® Differential with 3.73 Axle Ratio

      Not that this costs Ford $3000, but I don’t think it’s an egregious package cost. I wouldn’t add it because I wouldn’t track my Mustang. However, I can see why people would toss out the extra cash.

      Edit: The 2018 PP costs $4000, but it is also available on the automatic now and adds a couple extra things the 2017 version did not.

      • 0 avatar
        FreedMike

        Agreed, the more basic GT has enough bada$$ performance cred to satisfy anyone who isn’t a total track rat.

        (I do love those wheels and the body kit, though.)

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        That’s all free to Ford, Adam. They should include everything for $13k msrp for the whole car. Then its still terrible because it isn’t a Chevy/Dodge/BMW/Corolla.

        Automakers aren’t supposed to make money, that’s just silly. They’re supposed to give away everything for free and it should have 0 issues for 400k miles of abuse and neglect.

        • 0 avatar
          Adam Tonge

          I agree with hirostates12’s concept that they bundle all the packages together and increase MSRP. But people want that stuff and they buy it. It also makes Ford money. Pretty much every brand does that for performance cars. Good luck finding a Camaro SS in 1SS trim and no other options.

          Still, the Mustang is a performance bargain. Real world transaction prices of GT Premiums can be in the mid-30s. Even lower for the base GT.

      • 0 avatar
        S2k Chris

        $3k for just the brakes alone is a decent deal, never mind all the other stuff. Jeez. See what this type of pack costs from literally any other manufacturer.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        @ Adam tongue – Indeed, still not bad since the added cost of those items in the aftermarket (plus labor if your not the type to wrench on your car) would probably almost cost double what Ford is charging for the Level 1 package.

        Brakes would probably run 2000, Torsen another 700, Springs, Bars and Dampers (unique chassis tuning) 1300, Wheels & Tires 1500-2000 and so on plus its not an ad-hoc mess and instead an integrated package (along with the nannies).

    • 0 avatar
      whynot

      I’m sure how the client is being hosed. There are many buyers in this segment who just want the V8 to say they have a V8 and maybe for the noise. That is it. If you want a better track beast to go with that you are paying more.

      Chevy’s failure to cater to that market with the current gen Camaro is partially why it had such a tepid market response when it hit the dealers.

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        “I’m sure how the client is being hosed.”

        I think some people here are under the impression that since this package is just changing parts for different parts, the price increase should be minimal.

        lack of understanding of concepts like “incremental cost” and “increased complexity.”

    • 0 avatar
      VW4motion

      I’d rather pay for the package upfront so it’s included in the purchase price and warranty. After market items like these could damage the factory warranty.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Kudos to Ford to continue to make it your choice whether you want the Recaros or not.

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      I’m not sure about the Recaros…? My EB with the premium package (leather) is showing significant wear, at the drivers lower drivers seat back ? (Before anybody comments, I’m 5’9 180 lbs..).

      It would interesting to see how a bigger guy could get in, and out of the Recaros, without excessive wear ?

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        That’s why I’m glad they are optional – as well as the fact that the seat-backs are thicker on the Recaros compared to the stock seats, therefore they eat into backseat room.

        • 0 avatar
          TMA1

          The Recaros also cost you the heated/cooled seats, which I never knew I would love so much. Plus, they’re painful to sit in. And they only come in black. So glad I didn’t get those!

          Saddle interior FTW!

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        How many miles does your car have? I haven’t seen any wear in my leather seats yet, but the car only has 13K miles on it.

        • 0 avatar
          mikey

          I need to convert from KLM’s…. Around 15000 miles. 90% short trips in the city ..I’ve previously owned 2 Camaro’s, a Firebird and this is my second Mustang.

          I do know how to get in, and out..I carry a wallet (thin) and a phone in my back pocket. Maybe the wear is my fault ? I still think that at 2 years 15000 miles the wear is excessive. The dealership won’t authorize repair, unless Ford agrees ..They took photos and Im waiting for a decision.

          • 0 avatar
            Ion

            I have wear from the seat belt rubbing against the leather loophole. Haven’t brought it to the dealer yet but I should since the CEL is on and the cooled seats only work on the bottom

          • 0 avatar
            TMA1

            What color are your seats? I think black seats would show the worst wear, while the white ones would show the most dirt.

  • avatar
    jdowmiller

    I have yet to drive a modern iteration of a GT but this car looks incredible to me on paper. I don’t have the wherewithal to know whether or not the Performance Pack Level 2 is worth it but doesn’t a $45k car compare favorably to any other powerful sports coupe? Isn’t this new GT faster than a 911? I’m not saying they’re the same class of car, but man, a 911 cost twice that at absolute minimum. I’m considering a motorcycle for my next ride but this new GT has me questioning that train of thought.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      0-60 with the automatic and will probably run high to mid 12’s. The new A10 GT will be eating a lot of GT350s up in a drag race and the PPL2 cars will probably compare favorably on the track for a few hard laps anyway.

      The GT350 has the advantage of brakes that in most cases wont be overly taxed and the drivetrain cooling package (diff, trans, and air/air engine cooler) also gives it an edge in endurance.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’d like a muscle car version. Flat seats, shaker hood, slightly softer suspension, open exhaust, wide 18-inch tires, big radiator, and 3.73/Torsen.

    They could name it something related to the speed of sound.

    • 0 avatar
      jdowmiller

      That’d be hilarious. I’d daily drive it.

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      OR…..how about a Lincoln Mustang with the 6.2L V8?

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        I’m on record as desiring a 6.2L Mustang and a Lincoln PLC.

        However, I’ve been told by basically everyone that the 6.2L won’t fit the platform. It would also fly against the current Ford brand message. If they won’t do a V8 Expedition, Navigator, or Raptor I don’t expect a 6.2L Mach 1 or Mark Series.

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        Lincoln seriously needs to just give Polestar some money and adopt the One’s (or 1’s or whatever) styling.

        Instead of the 6.2 Lincoln could make due with the 5.2 from the GT350 and the top end from the GT’s mill coupled to the 10 speed auto and using much of the unique suspension bits from the GT350 (for instance the springs are counter wound and have a left and right spring) along with the GT350’s brakes and appropriately sized tires in a nice all-season package like Michelin’s A/S 3+ (not a very good snow tire but they offer really good performance over a very wide range of temps with some snow capability in a pinch).

        The GT350 suffers from trammeling a fair bit with its 295s and I suspect so will the Level 2 package GTs so maybe that’s an issue with anything larger than a 255 on the front of the S550 chassis or maybe in an all-season tire they could maintain the 295 or 305 footprint.

        I’d love to say I’d snap such a car up as a daily conveyance and park the GT350 for the occasional track outing or weekend cruise but with retirement on the horizon I need to meet a few financial milestones over the next decade. So yeah just another internet pipe dreamer.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    Is that “NASA” the National Aeronautics and Space Administration or the National Auto Sport Association?

  • avatar
    Steve_S

    So Level 1 is $4,000 and Level 2 is an additional $6,000 on top of level 1 or are they just separate totals?

    • 0 avatar
      Adam Tonge

      The PP2 will add $6500 to the price of a Mustang GT. So $40,000 for the PP1 and $42,500 for the PP2. That’s on the regular GT, not the GT Premium. The 10-speed automatic adds another $1500.

  • avatar
    mikey

    The side, and rear view, Mustang styling is gorgeous. IMHO..The front “face” while mildly improved from the 15 still is not aesthetically pleasing . Once again IMHO.

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    To make the Mustang even better, they should use the Raptor’s EcoThirst in the performance package.

    The package looks nice, especially the brakes. Rims and rubber should be left out and let the owner decide.

  • avatar
    NeilM

    PrincipalDan writes: “the seat-backs are thicker on the Recaros compared to the stock seats, therefore they eat into backseat room.”

    And god knows back seat room is a key selling point for the Mustang. ;-)

    Digression (aimed not at PrincipalDan, more at muttering journos): When did people start condensing “back seat” to one word, and why? All the dictionary sources I’ve consulted say that as a noun it’s two words, and as an adjective, e.g. “backseat driver” it’s one word. Nobody writes “frontseat” as one word – ever.

    So just quit it!

  • avatar
    stingray65

    A very good deal for those that do track events, but those extra wide tires and wheels will certainly offer extra financial pain for the 90+% that never see the track and need to replace them for normal wear and tear and the occasional pothole/curb damage.

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