Here’s the thing,
Reported by Road & Track, the Mustang’s numbers have finally been revealed. And the numbers are not disappointing, and also have greater implications, we’ll get to that later, but first, the 2015 Mustang.
The numbers are:
- Base model 3.7L V6 – Down 5 hp to 300 from 305 from previous year, and it keeps it’s 280 lb-ft of torque
- The turbo version, known as the EcoBoost Mustang, thanks to it’s forced induction on the 2.3L 4 cylinder engine, comes with 310 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. It’s worth noting that it has a twin scroll turbo on it, a first for Ford.
- The venerated Coyote V8 5.0L comes with a healthy 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque
Now, the question in everyone’s mind, mine included, is why the cut the hp, even so slightly, for the V6 on the debut year of the EcoBoost? It does seem very strange, considering that more people buy the V6 mustang then any version of the V8. Most people I see want a Mustang but they don’t want that low mileage that comes with owning a big V8 engine.
All we really have is time now to see what happens, I personally would like to see a V6 Mustang pushing 350 horsepower in it’s naturally aspirated form. Or hell, maybe even put a turbo charger on it, it seems Ford is experimenting quite a bit, with new layouts and bringing back old cars in new names, like the SVT Focus as the Focus ST. Their reasoning behind that is to make their vehicles more global, that is, for every continent, not just a vehicle for North America and a different one for Europe. Except for the fact Europe gets a 2 door version of the Fiesta and we only get the 4 door version.
Now back to what I was alluding to earlier, hopefully with the release of the EcoBoost Mustang, that paves the way for it’s 2.3L engine to be used in the Focus ST, I would love to see a Focus RS in the States, something that had north of 330 HP. But it would really have to be equipped with All Wheel Drive, otherwise it would possibly be biting into the EcoBoost Mustang sales. Yes, it’s got different wheel drive, but it’s the same power but with 4 doors.
Time will tell, I for one am loving all of these car companies experimenting and releasing new vehicles like this.
And that, that’s the thing about the Mustang’s figures