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First Drive: 2018 Ford Mustang GT

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2018 Ford Mustang GT

Back in January, Ford introduced the world to the 2018 Ford Mustang, a mid-cycle refresh of the iconic pony car that featured a leaner, more athletic look, along with a host of performance and technology upgrades that promised to dial up performance and improve the Mustang’s handling. And after months of anticipation, we finally got the chance to drive Ford’s latest pony car in sunny Malibu, CA.

Ford’s legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine has been thoroughly reworked, boasting 460 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque, making this the most powerful, highest revving Mustang GT yet, using high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection (like in the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350) to deliver robust low-end torque, high-rpm power, and improved fuel efficiency.

While Mustangs go fast in a straight line, handling hasn’t always been their strong suit. That changes for the 2018 model, which features new shock absorbers for better ride control, a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension for increased lateral stiffness, and innovative stabilizer bars that bring sharper response and handling. If that’s not enough, the optional MagneRide active suspension system dials things up to 11.

2018 Ford Mustang GT

Other notable options for the 2018 Mustang include an all-new 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission (which I actually preferred to the 6-speed manual), the above-mentioned MagneRide adaptive suspension, a 12-inch all-digital instrument cluster digital instrument panel that you can customize your way, and Active Valve Exhaust, which lets you control how loud (or quiet) you want your exhaust to sound.

The new 10-speed automatic transmission was a real eye-opener for me, as I didn’t expect it to be as good (if not better) than the manual. But Ford absolutely got it right here. With a wide-ratio span and optimized gear spacing, this all-new gearbox helps deliver higher average power for acceleration, improving responsiveness and performance. And in Drag Strip mode, the engine torque doesn’t drop when the car shifts, giving you peak engine torque and horsepower throughout.

As for the 12-inch LCD digital cluster, it’s pretty damn cool, offering various screen layouts, 26 color options and displays for up to eight gauges. The screen can be easily personalized, offering different views for normal/snow/wet, sport, and track/drag modes.

2018 Ford Mustang GT

On the road, the 2018 Mustang GT felt like a proper sports car, one that begged us to push it to its limits. And push it we did, taking the car through some seriously twisty canyon roads at very high rates of speed. The Mustang never once wavered, with very little body roll, and the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tires delivering an unbelievable amount of grip.

Ford has succeeded in giving more of what pony car enthusiasts want most – More power, more technology, and more choices to make their Mustang their own. “We identified everything that is important to Mustang fans and delivered across the board, and we couldn’t be happier with the end result,” said Carl Widmann, Mustang chief engineer.

With a starting price of around $36,000, the 2018 Mustang GT represents a tremendous value. But if you go crazy with the options, that price can rise in a hurry. Many of the heavily-optioned testers we drove stickered at $50K or more, at which point the Shelby GT350 makes more sense. So choose your options wisely.

2018 Ford Mustang GT

In the end, I can’t say enough good things about the 2018 Mustang GT. Ford really knocked it out of the park with this “refresh”, delivering a completely overhauled car that delivers exhilarating performance (0-60MPH in under 4 seconds), tons of technology (including a number of driver-assist aids), and a leaner, meaner look that’s sure to turn more than a few heads.

The 2018 Ford Mustang GT proves to us that it’s no one trick pony.

2018 Ford Mustang GT

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."

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The Best Way To Wash Your Car At Home

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I don’t about you, but I care about my car far too much to take it through a machine wash. Not only will you save time and money by washing your car at home, but it just gives you a sense of satisfaction when you see it all shiny and clean afterwards. Here are some tips on how to wash your car at home the right way:

Before getting started, inspect your car for any tar, bugs or overspray. You can find tar and bug removers at most auto parts store, or you can seek out an overspray removal specialist if it is really bad. You also want to avoid washing your car in direct sunlight, as the sun will cause the soap to dry up too fast, leaving behind water spots and streaks.

If you’ve got a garage, wash your car there. Otherwise, find a shady spot to wash your car in, or wait till near the end of the day when the sun isn’t as bright, making sure to keep the car wet at all times until you’re finally ready to dry it completely.

Make sure you’re using a quality car wash soap. I have been using Meguiars Car Wash for years now, and it foams away tough dirt, road grime and contaminants without compromising wax protection. You’ll also want some premium microfiber sponges, along with two buckets – one filled with plain water, the other with soapy water.

So now you’re ready to get started. Just make sure that the doors are shut, all windows closed, and double-check your sunroof if you’ve got one. Because the last thing you want to see when you open your car afterwards are puddles of water inside.

Before washing the car, rinse off the entire car to remove any loose dirt and debris before you apply any soap, so you’re not rubbing dirt into the paint. And remember, keep the body wet from here on out, and avoid spraying water under the hood.

Once your car has been completely rinsed off, soak your sponge in the soapy bucket, and start washing from the top of your vehicle, working your way down. You’ll want to soap up the car with the straight line technique for the best results. Don’t use circular motions because they will cause swirl marks. Also, don’t apply pressure while wiping the car.

When you are completely done washing the car, start rinsing off the soap from the top of the car down. Afterwards, dry off the car, using multiple towels for maximum efficiency. If it has been awhile since you last waxed/polished your car, now might be a good time to do so.

But if water is still beading up on the paint and the car is looking nice and shiny, call it a day and congratulate yourself on a job well done.

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition To Debut At Detroit Auto Show

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2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition Teaser

We’ve been fans of the Lexus RC F since it was first released back in 2015, but often wondered why it didn’t enjoy the same success as the competition, like the BMW M4 and others.

Truth be told, while the RC F was a great car to rip around town in (with a monster 5.0-liter V8 engine that puts out 467 horsepower and rockets from 0-60 in 4.3 seconds), it’s not nearly as much fun on the track, with softer handling and a lot of weight to hustle around.

But with the introduction of the 2020 Lexus RC F Track Edition, which makes its debut next month at the Detroit Auto Show. As the name suggests, this will be a more track-focused RC F variant, with Lexus promising to deliver “a higher degree of F.”

As you can see from this teaser photo, the Lexus RC F Track Edition features a massive carbon fiber wing, because downforce. To save even more weight, the hood, roof, front splitter, rear diffuser, and side skirts could all be done in carbon fiber as well.

We fully expect to see an increase in power to somewhere in the low 500HP range, with Robert Carter, executive vice president of sales for Toyota Motor North America, stating that “with the exception of LFA, this is the fastest, most powerful vehicle we’ve ever built.”

Bigger brakes and a set of 20-inch lightweight wheels wrapped in ultra-high-performance tires would make sense as well, improving the RC F’s braking performance and lateral grip.

For now, this is all just speculation, and we’ll have to wait until January 14th to find out all the juicy details. The Lexus RC F Track Edition is expected to be produced in limited numbers, so if you want one, you’re going to have to act fast!

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Five Of The Best Superbikes On The Market Today

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Creating a list of just five superbikes is a mammoth chore. Even picking the top 10 superbikes takes a lot of work, head-scratching and hours of YouTube research. But after all that, we have whittled down the list to five of the best superbikes on the market today.

Admittedly, some of them you need a heavy wallet and the right connections to track down, but that goes to show how brilliantly these bikes have been built.

1) Honda RC213V-S

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The Honda RC213V-S is probably as close to a MotoGP bike as you’ll find. Brand new, it would have set you back a teeth-clenching $184,000, which is some pretty serious money for a bike. The limited production numbers means that price is only going up.. and people who’ve ridden the bike say it’s worth every penny of the price. The chassis is hand-fabricated and the whole thing weighs just 375 pounds. It’s a superb bike as is, but the Sports Kit package takes it to a whole other level, blowing away the competition. If what you’re after is basically a MotoGP bike with lights, then the Sports Kit version is for you.

2) MV Agusta F4CC

The MV Agusta F4CC might be a little difficult to track down, seeing that only 100 bikes were made. And it came with a whopping $120,000 price tag to boot. Almost everything on this bike is limited edition, with materials borrowed from the aero industry and supercars. Each F4CC has its unique serial number printed on a platinum plaque, and the owner gets a leather jacket to match. With a 200-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, a top speed of 195 mph, and plenty of carbon fiber and high-end tech, this bike really does deserve to be called super.

3) Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5/K6

Many owners of this bike caution against using it on the road simply because it’s so fast. One of the only downsides is you will probably end up with a good collection of speeding tickets if you’re not constantly checking your speed. It’s unlikely, and a shame, that bikes aren’t made as light these days, the lightweight (365lbs) paired with the superb engine means this is still one of the best superbikes out there.

4) KTM 1290 Superduke R

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The KTM 1290 Superduke R is known for its crazy power, a fact fully acknowledged by KTM in the nickname they gave it – ‘The Beast’. A few laps around a track and you’ll know exactly why this bike earned its nickname. It’s pure, raw and straight to the point, with a monster 177HP on tap. Thankfully, the super high-tech electronics work their magic to keep the two wheels firmly planted on the road. If you want one, it’ll set you back around $18K.

5) Aprilia RSV4 RF

Riding most superbikes, you sacrifice the gadgets and gizmos for the pure power. But with the Aprilia RSV4 RF, you get the best of both worlds. In corners, it sticks to the road and seems to know where to go before you do. In 2016, the RSV4 RF was unveiled to comply with, or more accurately, take advantage of the new rules restricting the number of modifications allowed on superbikes. The RSV4 RF has smarter electronics, improved handling, is lighter, and more importantly, packs a bigger punch.

Sure, there are some truly awesome bikes that didn’t make this list – like the Ducati 1299 Superleggera. But the ones featured here really are monsters on the track and well worth seeking out if you are planning (or attending) a race day soon.

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