That active exhaust should pair well with the new 10-speed gearbox.

Few things are as exciting as fresh Ford Mustang spy shots. Back in October we caught our first glimpse of the proposed new pony car riding dirty on the streets of Dearborn – now we’ve got an even better look at some of the details we'll see on the production car.

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Under all that camouflage, the 2018 Ford Mustang GT coupe prototype seen here is wearing a refreshed body. But that's not the big news – at the rear is a new active quad exhaust system. It’s the same active exhaust system we saw on previous spy shots of the GT convertible, but this time it looks closer to production ready.

2018 Ford Mustang GT Coupe Spy Photos


Apart from the new exhaust and the minor exterior refresh, the 2018 Mustang is rumored to be ditching the 3.7-liter V6 and gaining a new 10-speed automatic transmission jointly developed with Chevrolet. It’s the same gearbox that will be available on the 2017 Camaro ZL1, and will have a home in both the Mustang GT – coupe and convertible – and Shelby GT350.

Along with some noticeable technical changes, the 2018 Mustang is expected to expand its current color palette, introducing Orange Fury and Royal Crimson paint schemes to the mix. The new schemes should go well the arrival of a Camaro 1LE-rivaling "Performance Pack 2," and a higher-trim Mach 1 – both of which are expected closer to the 2019 model year.

Ford has still been relatively hush hush about the upcoming mid-cycle refresh, but we could expect to see some official details as early as the Detroit Auto Show in January, with the model expected to go on sale later in the year. It won't be until the 2020 model year that the Mustang gets a complete top-to-bottom overhaul.

 

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