Ford never provided an official quarter-mile time for the 2018 Mustang, so the guys at Hot Rod took it to the drag strip.
Last year, Ford proudly boasted that it managed to squeeze an extra 25-horsepower and 20 lb-ft of torque out of the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 engine in the refreshed 2018 Ford Mustang GT. It also made a big deal about the fact it can hit 0-62 mph in under four seconds when equipped with a 10-speed automatic, but the automaker never provided an official quarter mile time. Enter the guys at Hot Rod, who took the 2018 Ford Mustang to a drag strip in Florida to find out how the upgrades have affected its quarter mile time.
Hot Rod managed to clock a time of 11.83 seconds at 119.51 mph which was the best time of the day, but the car still managed to consistently post similar times with ease. The test car was a brand-new stock Mustang GT equipped with the optional 10-speed automatic transmission and the available Level 1 Performance Package with upgraded suspension, 3.55 rear gearing, and Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires. The test was performed on an optimized surface, and the only modifications made were optimizations to the front and rear tire pressures for drag racing, which of course anyone can do - 45 psi for the fronts and 26 psi for the rears.
Using launch control, Hot Rod found that a 2,000-rpm launch after doing a quick burnout produced the best results. For comparison, a 2016 Mustang GT with a manual-transmission, Performance Package and 435-hp ran the quarter-mile in 13.2 seconds according to Road and Track. And if you’re wondering how a manual setup compares to the 10-speed automatic, Car and Driver found that a 2018 Mustang GT Performance Package with a manual can do the quarter-mile in 12.6 seconds at 115 mph. The fact a stock Mustang can now set 11-second quarter mile times out of the factory is impressive – we’re now itching to see what the rumored 200 mph 2019 Shelby GT500 can do.