Last year, we were offered the opportunity to spec out a 2018 Ford Mustang for a brief long-term test. We were originally scheduled to have the car for just one month, but we asked Ford to kindly extend the loan a little. The car was simply too much fun. We even brought in a second Mustang GT — this one equipped with the six-speed manual — for comparison. There are few better ways to kick off a Michigan spring, even if temperatures were still below freezing when we finally got the keys. We let you, our Autoblog readers, choose the options for us. You picked a Mustang GT Premium fastback with the GT Performance Pack 1. Our car also came equipped with the new 10-speed automatic that was co-developed with GM. Versions of this same transmission can be found in the Ford F-150 and Chevy Camaro ZL1. Other options included the Orange Fury paint and the same MagneRide suspension that's on the GT350. One month was not quite enough with these cars. You can read all about our time with the 2018 Mustang GT as well the rest of our long-term garage right here. Senior Editor, Green, John Beltz Snyder: I had never really cared all that much for the Mustang. I always enjoyed driving it, but it was never a car I wanted to own. Having one (well, two) around for an extended stay, though, has changed the way I feel. I care much more deeply for the Mustang now. I really enjoyed my time with it, and am sad to see it leave the Autoblog stable. That sweet, sweet engine is probably the biggest reason I finally fell in love with the Mustang. As I recently expounded, it is just a fantastic motor. The power delivery is strong and super smooth, and it made my heartbeat rise with the revs. I loved playing with the different drive modes and exploring the deep reserves of power this car offers. Plus, more so than previous generations, this Mustang feels equipped to handle so much power going to the rear wheels. As fun as it is, it's also less likely to catch one off-guard and ruin their day. I look forward to my next seat time in a Mustang, and better understand the enormous enthusiasm this car deservedly generates from lucky owners. Senior Producer Christopher McGraw: As a kid who grew up with a GT350 model next to his bed and Mustang posters on his wall, it is hard for me to find fault in the Mustang. Hard but not impossible. I loved everything about our white long-termer; the manual transmission was a ton of fun, the blackout package made the car look sleeker than ever, and the white paint was crisp and looked good from every angle. Our orange long-termer, fitted with the performance pack, was also fun to drive, though, no surprise here, I enjoyed rowing my own gears in the manual better. Before it arrived, I didn't think …
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|MPG||14 City / 23 Hwy|
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|Power||460 @ 7000 rpm|
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