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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 Jeffk464 on 3/7/2013 3:43:19 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, so they need to work on dropping some pork.

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By Jeffk464 on 3/7/2013 3:45:56 PM , Rating: 2
By the way the camaro is worse

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By Spuke on 3/7/2013 4:37:37 PM , Rating: 2
The new Mustang weighs about the same as a 3 series. Probably why no one complains about the weight. Both cars still need a diet though. I'd pay an extra $5k for a 300 lb lighter Mustang with the same amount of power, of course. :)

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By Manch on 3/7/2013 6:48:14 PM , Rating: 2
Challenge Accepted!

Lets see:
1200$ vorschlag ultra light 18" rims will save you about 53lbs(that's rotating mass so even better!Saves your brakes too!)

100$ Seat delete/rear belt mechanisms another 55lbs

$500 Aluminum drive shaft saves 30lbs! The two piece steel one is fricken heavy!(FYI if you change one out even if you have a buddy holding it, bungie that thing just for insurance!)Also rotating mass

remove spare tire/jack 40lbs(call AAA ;))

Shorties about 15lbs (350$)

Corbeau Seats(pair) saves about 25lbs 500$

K member 20lbs 500$
Control Arms (adj) 12lbs 500$

FR Harmonic balancer 10lbs 275$

Steeda radiator supt brace 200$ 10lbs
270lbs @ 4075$

I'm sure I can find some other parts for the remaining $900to hit 300lbs but I just realized it's past midnight and I need to go to sleep! I will find that last 30lbs for 900$!

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By Jeffk464 on 3/8/2013 12:26:03 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, and all the prices you quoted is for expensive aftermarket products. If ford did something similar and mass produced it would be much cheaper.

By Manch on 3/8/2013 1:51:34 AM , Rating: 2
Very true, I didn't get into the weeds on the price, but I'm sure there are better deals than what I found. After I'm done with my morning run, I'm gonna find those last 30lbs. I think I was light on the gestimate with the seats. Also if you have those stupid airbags in the seats those are really fricken heavy!

RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
By JediJeb on 3/8/2013 7:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
What about a carbon fiber drive shaft, how much would that shave off?

By Manch on 3/11/2013 7:52:50 AM , Rating: 2
Compared to an aluminum one? Not much if any. The lightest carbon fiber shafts I've seen is about 15.5lbs, and the lightest aluminum one is 16bs. The CF shaft still uses aluminum parts/joints/flanges. Nice thing about them though is you don't need a safety loop. If they give they just shatter. Wont do any damage to your undercarriage.

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