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Grippier & Stickier: Ford Takes Mustang GT Performance to a New Level

In recent years if you were an enthusiast looking to do any sort of track driving or back road carving in your Mustang GT, choosing the optional Performance Pack was a no-brainer decision. Compared to the standard issue GT, the Performance Pack would give you larger Brembo brakes, a more aggressive axle ratio, retuned chassis and more.

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For the 2018 Mustang GT, Ford has announced an even more aggressive option with the Performance Pack Level 2, and it seems to be taking aim directly at GM's popular 1LE package for the Camaro. Naturally, the Performance Pack Level 2 setup includes all of the equipment from the Performance Pack Level 1—including the Brembo stoppers, 3.73 Torsen rear end, beefier radiator, K-brace and other upgrades.

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But then, Ford's engineers and weekend racers decided to take things a little further by adding re-tuned steering and a MagneRide suspension dialed-in for ultimate grip and response. Also included are stiffer sway bars and springs and ride height about half an inch lower all around.

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The Performance Package Level 2 also includes stickier tires measuring 305-30-R19 mounted on unique 10-spoke wheels sized 19"x10.5 up front and 19"x11 in the rear. Not only does this provide a huge increase in grip, it gives the car a much more aggressive stance.

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Last but not least, the Performance Package Level 2 also includes a unique rear spoiler and an aggressive front splitter—said to create 24 lbs of downforce at 80 mph. The engineers actually used the Boss 302 Laguna Seca as a benchmark while developing the aero parts.

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Ford has not yet released pricing information for the Performance Pack Level 2, but it will be available as an option beginning in the spring. Whether you want to consider it a 1LE rival or a GT350 Lite, it's a welcome addition to the already vast selection of choices Mustang buyers enjoy today.

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