Four-Cylinder Engine to be a European-Only Option for 2015 Ford Mustang
March 7, 2013 9:22 AM
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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
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.
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.
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I actually wouldn't mind it
3/7/2013 12:39:21 PM
And this is coming from a Mustang die-hard. And for the record, I've had all kinds - 79/81/83/85/89/95/2000/2005 - 4cyl automatics (ugh), V6s (better), Supercharged V6s (awesome), V8s (outstanding) and Supercharged V8s (whoa nelly).
The problem with the previous 4cyl engines (non-SVO) were that they were horribly underpowered. Rated at 90ish hp, it was probably closer to 70 at the wheels, and while the Fox chassis was a reasonably light car, 70hp to motivate it was outright pathetic compared to the 175hp/300lb-ft V8. 0-60 in 12-13 seconds. Dusted by Honda Civics for crying out loud.
So a 'proper' 4cyl with reasonable power is what is needed. Hell, it doesn't have to even be turbocharged as the 2.5 Duratec generates 175hp - more than sufficient for an economic daily driver. A turbocharged Ecoboost motor on the other hand is ideal for those interested in a good compromise between economy and power. 250hp - that's more than my 4.0 V6 puts out by almost 50hp, and my 4.0 isn't underpowered by any stretch of the imagination.
Of course, it's not a Coyote 5.0 engine, but it's more than enough to get into trouble with.
Ideally in the Mustang family, there really should be 3 solid engine choices:
The 5.0 V8. 400+hp. Obviously.
The 3.5 V6 Turbo. 345hp. Great power, lighter engine, probably handle as well if not better than the V8.
The 2.0 I4 Turbo. 250hp. Economical engine, more than sufficient power to motivate the vehicle.
RE: I actually wouldn't mind it
3/7/2013 1:23:48 PM
Keep in mind the 2011+ V6 is 305 HP. I bought a 2012 and was torn. I went with the V6 manual so I get the fun if I want and 33mpg on my longer drives across Texas. When I'm not on a long drive I'm usually in traffic, so again the V8 didn't make sense. I love the V6.
Of course my coworker went out and just got a 2013 GT500 with 660ish HP. That thing is freaking amazing. Still, seems like too much money for too little benefit. I doubt I'll find myself at a race track any time soon.
But give me the current V6 with a turbocharger? Sign me the F up.
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