The 2018 Ford Mustang may have hinted at its upgraded power figures, if images of its new digital instrument cluster are anything to go by.
Observed by website Carscoops, two images of the new Mustang’s driver display could potentially tease the facelifted model’s power outputs – 455 and 755 – along with numerous Easter eggs paying tribute to the pony car’s heritage.
In a tweet (see bottom), Ford’s communications manager for North America, Mike Levine, further fuelled these rumours by asking followers if they had noticed the “Easter eggs” in the Mustang’s 12-inch digital cluster.
Many responses on Twitter suggested the 455 refers to the new Mustang GT’s uprated horsepower figure, which would match arch-rival Camaro SS’s 455hp (339kW) output. The current Mustang GT pushes out 306kW.
When the publication contacted Levine to confirm the details, he replied with an additional image where the 4 was replaced by a 7 (above), which could be hinting at a whopping 755hp (563kW) for the next Shelby GT500.
Other references include the 289 miles on the fuel range, in recognition of the displacement of the original Mustang’s V8 engine, along with the 1964.5 miles on the odometer – paying tribute to the year the first Mustang was released.
The 2018 Ford Mustang was revealed a fortnight ago, sporting a revised look, more technology and new safety features to the company’s iconic muscle car.
The 2018 Mustang has been confirmed for the Australian market, though exact timing is still unknown.
While a 2018 launch is most likely, Ford Australia may want to fastrack the release of the facelifted muscle car following the current model’s disappointing ANCAP score last week.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) January 18, 2017