It’s that time again. Every few years a major part of American culture changes. No not the election, a refresh of the Ford Mustang!A few years into a Mustang lifecycle, the company decides to give it a refresh. This time, it looks like 2018 is the year.

First things first, the Mustang is stepping things up to compete with the Camaro. While the Mustang starts out around $4K cheaper, you get so much more for your money with the Camaro. Now Ford will offer a 10 speed automatic transmission (like the new ZL1), magnetic ride dampers, a dual-mode exhaust, and a carbon sport package among other things.

All of those seem like welcome additions to the Mustang which will definitely make it more competitive. The next addition, however, is somewhat of a surprise depending on who you ask. The V6 Mustang is gone. The computer systems at dealerships no longer recognize it for the 2018 model year. If this is all 100% true, it looks like the EcoBoost and the GT will be the standard 2 options going forward. In a way this makes sense. The V6 made less power than the Camaro V6, the Nissan 370Z V6, and the Genesis Coupe V6. It was a car used mostly for rental fleets, and people who wanted a Mustang for the look without the high insurance or gas costs. However, the EcoBoost came in and replaced it. It’s more efficient, cleaner, and makes more power (not to mention with a warrantied tune, it will make 335 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque). While the notion of a 4 cylinder Mustang might seem wrong, it’s more powerful than the 4.6L Modular V8 Mustang was.

Along with the disappearance of the V6, it looks like a fan favorite color might be going away. Grabber Blue could be gone for the 2018. We do get Kona Blue and Lightning Blue though.

If you want to know more about the 2018 Mustang changes head over to the mustang forum where we got our info and read more.

Now that the V6 Mustang is gone, let's see if we can get the convertible out the way as well.