Ford Ponders Diesel, Hybrid Versions of the Mustang to Meet Fuel Efficiency Guidelines
December 9, 2013 10:12 AM
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Mustang could get diesel power in the future
Ford unveiled the new
earlier this month and with the unveiling of the new car also came a new engine. The 2015 Mustang will get the fuel-efficient EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that will generate roughly 305 hp and around 305 lb-ft of torque. It will be the first 4-cylinder turbo Mustang since the SVO version in the Fox body generation of the Pony car.
Ford has yet to offer official mileage estimates for the EcoBoost engine in the 2015 Mustang, but it is expected to be one of the most fuel efficient engines in its class.
However, EcoBoost isn't the only green tech that Ford is considering for the Mustang. Ford has said that it is considering a future for the Mustang that could see diesel power, hybrid, or fully-electric versions of the car. Many high-end supercars – like the
Porsche 918 Spyder
-- are utilizing hybrid systems for fuel efficiency and improved performance.
The new Lexus RC coupe will
also be available in a hybrid version
Traditionally, the Mustang wasn’t a car purchased for its fuel efficiency. The 2015 Mustang is designed from the ground up to be a world car and options such as diesel engine would make the care more appealing
Ford Global powertrain boss Bob Fascetti said, "We’re not looking at diesel at the moment, but given where we need to go with fuel consumption we are looking at all our options, and diesel is one of those options, along with hybrids and electric."
The future for the Mustang will likely see new transmissions as well. Ford and GM are currently working on a joint project to develop new nine and ten-speed automatic transmissions to improve fuel economy.
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12/9/2013 1:32:35 PM
European fuel grades start at 91 octane and the engine is tuned for such. That improves fuel economy about 10% alone.
When vehicles are imported, even turbo vw's, they are so heavily detuned to protect the manufacturer from a warranty claim in case somebody runs 87 in a vehicle that demands 89+
12/10/2013 1:43:19 PM
European (well just about everywhere outside North America) use a different method of measuring Octane.
NA uses (RON+MON) / 2, so the average of the two numbers. Everyone else uses just RON, which is a higher number. So the NA "regular" is about the same as everyone elses "regular", even though the number displayed looks lower in NA.
Higher Octane levels would permit you to run higher compression and get some more efficiency, but some of that is negated by then having to build a stronger block/head to take the increased pressure, more monitoring equipment to make sure you aren't getting premature detonation, etc..
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