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Ford has seemingly all but confirmed it’ll be plonking its new 10-speed auto into the S550 Mustang as part of the sixth-gen’s mid-cycle action (MCA) refresh, as a 2018 model year intro. The 10R80 – which features six forward gears, a reverse and three overdrive ratios – appears on the options list for the car in dealership order forms, Motor1 reports, citing website Mustang6G.

The new gearbox, a collaborative effort with GM, is already seen in its GM-based application on the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The 10R80 will join the existing ZF-based 6R80 SelectShift six-speed auto and Ford/Getrag MT-82 six-speed manual as available transmissions for the car.

The pony car will also feature MagneRide adaptive dampers as an option, the magnetorheological units borrowed from the Track Pack for the Shelby GT350. Aside from the usual Performance Pack option, the 5.0L GT V8 is also set to get a Performance Pack 2, which sources suggest will be a more track-focused bag of kit, and the MagneRide dampers are part of this equation.

There’s also news on the powertrain front, with the 2.3L EcoBoost and 5.0L Coyote V8 looking to be the only two engines available for the MCA Mustang – sources say that the normally-aspirated 3.7L Cyclone V6 (essentially the baseline car at point of introduction) looks to have been dropped, as it doesn’t appear in any info within the dealer system.

Camouflaged Fastback and Convertible mules have been spotted field testing, but have revealed very little in the way of exterior changes, thus far, it looks like the apertures for the grille will be revised for the facelift. Expect other styling cues to come about, though they won’t be major. Now that LA is done and dusted, it looks like the refreshed ‘Stang will likely make a January debut at the NAIAS in Detroit.

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