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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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Top Gear misquote
By Captain Orgazmo on 3/8/2013 5:46:46 AM , Rating: 2
I watched the Top Gear (UK) that mentioned how the Mustang was coming to Europe for the first time, and would only be available in four or six cylinder versions. The article incorrectly quotes Top Gear as saying only a four cylinder version would be available.

The Top Gear hosts did agree on the stupidity of not offering the V8. There are plenty of big engined German cars available there, so not offering the V8 takes away the main attraction of the car (especially in Germany with the autobahn and weekend racing). In another recent TG episode they were driving a new Shelby Mustang in Europe vs public transport, and the car drew crowds of locals. In Europe a Mustang is as rare as a top supercar in Mississippi.

RE: Top Gear misquote
By FITCamaro on 3/8/2013 8:04:31 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I saw that. I did laugh though when they talked about the ridiculously short distance per tank.

RE: Top Gear misquote
By Manch on 3/8/2013 9:55:44 AM , Rating: 2
Everytime I fill up here in Norway, they see my car and someone asks me if I'm rich. Nope! Just tax free!

In the states, my car is nice. Here it's as one of my Norwegian friend puts it; Holy F%&CK AWESOME!!! Followed by HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY FOR IT?! WHAT?!F$%CK YOU!! lol

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