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.
3/11/2013 10:26:29 PM
a 4 cylinder turbo is a significantly better option for most cars, including the mustang, with the following advantages over a v8:
1) easier to work on, primarily because you have more room under the hood, things like tuneups, belt changes, etc are much easier to perform.
2) a 4 cylinder turbo will need less oil, typically 4 bangers only use 4 quarts of oil while v8's use at least 5 quarts.
3) a turbo engine, especially an inter-cooled one, doesn't suffer from the loss of power in extreme conditions such as high altitudes or really hot days. a naturally aspirated engine loses noticeable power in placed like denver or death valley.
4) it will offer better fuel economy thanks in no small part to the lighter weight of the engine; this lighter weight will also make the car better balanced by making it less nose heavy.
lastly, this isn't the first time ford has made a 4 cylinder turbo mustang, back in the '80's they made the mustang SVO, a turbo 4-banger and i never met anyone that drove one and didn't like it, it's just that for some reason car companies seem to think that americans want a v8 in a muscle car.
i would by a 4 cylinder turbo mustang in a heartbeat.
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