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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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RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By BrgMx5 on 3/7/2013 1:31:47 PM , Rating: 2
Absolutely no stigma against "yank V8's", just a little problem with the $8.68 a gallon.

The V8's are a lot cheaper to maintain than supercharged or turbocharged I4, but the gas is really expensive around here.

This is probably just a marketing decision from Ford.

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By theapparition on 3/7/2013 2:00:35 PM , Rating: 2
But when a similar hp V8 gets comparable fuel economy to a turbo 4cyl, that becomes a moot point.

I've yet to see ANY comparable engine get significantly better fuel economy over a decent small block V8, such as the Chevy LS3.

Still insurance and engine displacement tax are drivers. I get that. But the notion that V8s drink more is bunk. Now that's always assuming comparing similar hp engines. V8s certainly use more than 100hp economy engines.

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By Chaser on 3/8/2013 2:08:28 PM , Rating: 2
My Ford Focus ST -made in Spain- turbo 4 gets 36MPG 252HP 270ft/lbs torque.

A Corvette LS3 gets close to a 4cyl turbo when its in top gear floating on a flat highway with a tail wind. (Owner of a C5 Z06 and C6).

MOST 4 cyl turbos gets overall better gas mileage in mixed driving that all recent stock Corvettes.

By JediJeb on 3/8/2013 7:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't the supercharged V6 in the current Mustang make 300+hp while getting 30+mpg on the highway? Why not use one of those.

By theapparition on 3/11/2013 2:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
I said comparable engine.

You can't possibly suggest that your 252hp engine is anywhere comparable to a 436hp one, can you?

The comment that 4cyl turbos get better mileage than recent Corvettes is a big, "Well duh?" moment. Now go show me a 4cyl turbo car that gets close to 400hp AND delivers better fuel economy. I won't really be waiting as I know you won't find one.

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