The new Mustang claims to beat a 911 to 100km/h

Ford has officially gone mode mad. There’s the four-wheel-drive Focus RS that skids about like a loon via ‘Drift’ mode, the Raptor capable of cresting Mexican scenery via ‘Baja’ mode, and now, the latest: ‘Drag Strip Mode’ on the 2018 Mustang.

It’s an option on the 2018 Mustang and when thoroughly deployed sees the ‘Stang’s 0-100km/h time drop to sub four seconds. Which is faster than a Porsche 911. No slow pony, then.

Drag strip mode is basically launch control on steroids. It optimises torque, rejigs the ten-speed auto ‘box (to give peak power and torque at all times) and also adds stickier bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres. This helps get power from that redesigned 5.0-litre V8 (which is now more, at 343kW and 570Nm of torque) better applied to your chosen surface.

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