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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RE: Out with the new, in with the old.
3/8/2013 7:41:52 PM
Some of that weight vs handling problem can be solved by moving the engine farther back to achieve better balance. If you look at the old AC Cobra in which Carol Shelby place a huge big block 427 cid V8, that car had awesome handling because he achieved nearly 50/50 front rear weight distribution.
Also all aluminum V8s are not so heavy when used in a car the size of a Mustang. I had a 99 Trans Am with the almunium LS6 and it was balanced and handled pretty well too.
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