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No V8 for European Mustangs?

Any Mustang enthusiast is likely to have both fond and not so fond memories of previous generation Mustangs when a four-cylinder engine option was available. That anemic four-cylinder that hid under the hood of so many Fox body Mustangs over the years was enough to make enthusiasts cry.
However, Ford has made no apologies for moving the “global” 2015 Mustang to a new platform that will offer more efficient engines across the board -- the all-new Mustang will also ditch the live rear axle in favor of an independent rear suspension. We know that the muscular 5.0-liter V8 engine will soldier on in the United States. In addition, rumors continue to swirl that there will be an EcoBoost V-6 engine option available.

2013 Mustang GT

Word has now surfaced that while Europeans will be able to purchase the 2015 Ford Mustang with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. While Edmunds doesn't specify this fact, on a recent episode of the hit UK television show Top Gear the hosts said that only the four-cylinder engine would be available for European buyers.

Edmunds reports that the four-cylinder that will be under the hood of the Mustang in Europe will be based on the 2.0-liter engine featured in the 2013 Focus ST. In the Focus ST, the turbocharged four-cylinder produced 252 hp. In the Mustang, the 2.3-liter engine will produce around 300 hp according to company insiders.

Ford has remained quiet on pricing for the Mustang in Europe and the vehicle is expected to be a low-volume specialty car within Europe.

Source: Edmunds

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It's a Euro thing
By Beenthere on 3/7/2013 10:53:08 AM , Rating: 1
With petrol at $7+/gal. in Urrup, turbo four cylinder engines are the norm. While it's a bit of a stretch to think that Ford will be able to sell many Mustangs in Urrup, let alone turbo fours, I can understand the marketing approach.

I'd suggest they change to the turbo V-6 which is a better compromise of power and mpg. Ford may also be taking into consideration taxation issues as small displacement engines of ~2000cc get taxed lower than larger engines - which is an issue to many in Urrup though it may not be to someone looking to buy a Mustang?

RE: It's a Euro thing
By silverblue on 3/7/2013 12:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
In which case, it's Ford's fault for not offering it, my A-merry-can friend.

RE: It's a Euro thing
By FITCamaro on 3/7/2013 1:49:28 PM , Rating: 2
I'll be interested to see the fuel economy of a 300 hp turbo I4 in a 3500 pound Mustang. GM gets 30 mpg highway out of their 260 hp 2.0L Ecotec. Bumping that up to 290 hp with the Stage 1 kit does very little to that. But that's in a 3100 lb Cobalt/Solstice/Sky.

This is 400 lbs heavier with far worse aerodynamics.

RE: It's a Euro thing
By Spuke on 3/7/2013 4:41:41 PM , Rating: 2
This is 400 lbs heavier with far worse aerodynamics.
WAY better aero in the Stang than in the Solstice/Sky. Don't be fooled by the swoopy styling, those cars are bricks.

RE: It's a Euro thing
By FITCamaro on 3/7/2013 6:42:21 PM , Rating: 2
Interesting...who would've thought such sleek, small cars would have a worse drag coefficient. When I look at the front of the Mustang, I see a solid wall compared to them.

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