DETROIT -- Ford Motor Co. is working to generate buzz about the freshened 2018 Mustang, which goes on sale this month, with a variety of upgrades that add power, improve handling and boost profit margins.
The company on Monday said it will offer a second performance package on the Mustang GT that includes wider tires, special wheels, unique stability control and Brembo brake calipers.
The Mustang GT Performance Pack Level 2 will cost $6,500 and offer customers an option between Power Pack Level 1 and the automaker's track-capable GT350.
"It will just beg you to go faster," Jamie Cullen, Ford's supervisor for vehicle dynamics development, said in a statement. "The car has lightning-quick response and never gives up grip."
The Level 2 package, only available with a manual transmission, puts the car a half-inch closer to the ground than the Level 1 pack. It also includes a 67 percent stiffer rear stabilizer bar, a 12 percent stiffer front stabilizer bar, 20 percent stiffer front springs and 12 percent stiffer rear springs.
The pack comes with black detailing on the splitter and spoiler, the tire spat on the back edge of the rear wheel wells and the 10-spoke wheels.
The 2018 Mustang will be the fastest pony car ever, Ford said, thanks to an optional "drag strip" mode. It will also come with an optional "good neighbor" mode that quiets the noise emitted from the car's exhaust pipes.
Ford unveiled the 2018 Mustang during the Detroit auto show. It gains a more aggressive look that includes new hood vents and an optional spoiler. It also gets an optional 12-inch digital cluster, new-generation LED headlights and taillights available across all trim lines, and a number of new tech features.
Ford is dropping the Mustang's 3.7-liter V-6 engine, which executives have said accounts for about 15 percent of sales.