Ford Mustang will receive a fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine, Derrick Kuzak says

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 11, 2012

An EcoBoost engine is what’s most likely to be used on Ford’s Mustang, according to product chief Derrick Kuzak last Monday. He spoke to reporters last Monday night at the Detroit Auto Show. This suggests that this car will make use of EcoBoost. He explained that this is likely to be a “very safe bet at some point in the near future.”

Kuzak didn’t name the engine that may be used by the Mustang. But it is known that EcoBoost is available in four- and six-cylinder variants in the U.S. The most robust V6 delivers 365 hp. It will be offered in the Taurus SHO and the F150. For many years, it has been expected that the EcoBoost will probably appear in the Mustang.

Its top officials said that the company has consistently said that the technology would be frequently used by most of its lineup. But then, the Mustang was never mentioned. Ford has recently updated the 2013 model year to have a 420hp engine. The Shelby GT500 was also enhanced to offer 650 hp with a 200-mph-plus top speed. The car’s sales fell slightly in 2011 to 70,438 units, a slight improved tally from 73,716 in 2010.

Last year, Chevrolet sold 88,249 Camaro units. Ford CEO Alan Mulally also attended the event. However, he provided no guidance about his future at the automaker. He added that there’s currently no “timetable” for Ford’s models.

It has also yet to be determined if Ford would release any potential dedicated supercars for Ford. This is what the company has been missing since the demise of the Le Mans-inspired GT. According to sales and marketing chief Jim Farley, the goal is to attract attention to performance versions of its mainstream cars, like the Focus ST.

The new Ford Mustang is now powered by upgraded V6 and V8 engines, as well as by the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. This means that the new Mustang is now more accessible to a wider range of customers.

For instance, serving as the core of the Ford Mustang GT is the latest version of the 5.0-liter V8 engine that could provide up to 420 hp (426 PS) of max output and 390 lb.-ft. (529 Nm) of peak torque, thanks to an upgraded valve train and cylinder heads. Since this 5.0-liter engine also features a new intake manifold, its low-speed breathing has been improved, thereby resulting in better fuel economy, lower emissions and idle stability.

On the other hand, the new EcoBoost engine for the Mustang is expected to deliver more than 305 hp (309 PS) of output and 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of torque, thanks to the use of direct injection, turbocharging variable cam timing as well as a distinct unique intake manifold and turbocharger housing. This powerful engine allows the Mustang to eke out a wonderful performance while still leading the segment in terms of fuel efficiency.

Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer, remarked that the new EcoBoost engine for the new Mustang driver features a broad, flat torque curve that allows it to accelerate dynamically for easy passing or negotiating a twisty road. Meanwhile, the standard 3.7-liter V6 delivers around 300 hp (304 PS) of output and 270 lb.-ft. (366 Nm) of torque.

These engines could be mated to an updated manual transmission that boasts of smoother shifts or to a revised automatic gearbox that comes with new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. The newest version of the Mustang is expected to provide a whole new level of nimbleness, thereby setting new brand benchmarks in terms of handling, dynamics and ride quality. Pericak remarked that Ford already set a very high standard for Mustang's dynamics with the Boss 302 but the newest pony should allow them to exceed those standards.

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