When our friends at Ford found out we (with All Turns No Brakes) were going to the Daytona 500 – the Super Bowl of NASCAR – they jumped at the chance to loan us some wheels while we were in town. They didn’t give us just any car, though – when we got off the plane in Orlando, there was a bright orange Ford Mustang waiting for us.
We got to spend nearly a week tooling around Florida, and our Mustang did not disappoint. Besides the head-turning body color, our loaner was a fully engaging experience to drive – even more so because our manual-transmission ‘stang had reverse on the left! It took a bit getting used to, but once we did it was smooth sailing from Orlando to Daytona, the manly muscle-car engine growling ferociously as we cruised north on Interstate 4.
Amazing Inside and Out
The 2018 Mustang will come in two performance flavors – the 2.5-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which has a surprising amount of torque for such a little guy thanks to Ford’s “transient overboost” technology, and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8, which hearkens back to the classic ’93 5.0 product line.
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It’s not just about what’s under the hood with the ’18 Mustang, though – the cabin is a revolutionary experience all in itself. For the first time ever, the new Mustang features a 12-inch all-digital LCD instrument panel that you can customize however you like. Choose a color scheme, decide what information you want to display and where to display it – it’s all at your fingertips.
There’s even an option for a heated steering wheel! Though we didn’t use it, considering we were driving back and forth from the Daytona International Speedway during a typically warm Florida winter. It just goes to show that, even though Mustang has been the top selling American sports car for more than 45 years, you can still teach an old dog new tricks!
Not Wanting to Say Goodbye
All good things must come to an end, and our time with the 2016 Mustang did as well. We will always have fond memories of tooling around Daytona Beach in a bright orange muscle car. Still, once the checkered flag was waved and the dust settled, it turned out that Ford driver Kurt Busch won this year’s Daytona 500. We couldn’t have asked for a better send-off!
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