Rumor: 2015 Ford Mustang will receive a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant

Article by Christian A., on June 18, 2012

The next-generation Ford Mustang could get a turbocharged four-cylinder powerplant. Mustang fans may find fault this plan but it’s something that Ford believed it just had to do especially with how successful its EcoBoost engines have been. But they would be pleased to know that this vehicle delivers 330 hp and offers more than the existing 280 lb-ft of torque of the V6.

Ford is presently developing a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which will power the next-generation Focus RS. The same powerplant will be used by the base model 2015 Mustang, according to Matthias Ton, the head of Ford’s global performance car division. It replaces the existing 3.7-liter V6.

Aside from the additional horsepower the turbocharged four-cylinder provides, the Mustang benefits as its fuel efficiency will then be higher than the 19-mpg city, 31-mpg highway of the current V6. It’s likely that when the Mustang debuts in 2015, it won’t have the EcoBoost in it yet. It would probably be added to the lineup one or two years later.

Just as Ford formulated, the Mustang fuses a dramatic combination of appearance and performance that appeals both to the sense of sight and hearing. To offer customers better experience, Ford has made available an array of powerful engines client could choose from – with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine joining the now upgraded V6 and V8 powerplants.

Powering the ever-reliable Ford Mustang GT is the latest iteration of Ford’s 5.0-liter V8 engine that now develops 420 hp (426 PS) of output and 390 lb.-ft. (529 Nm) of torque, thanks to an upgraded valvetrain and cylinder heads as well as a new intake manifold. The standard 3.7-liter V6, meanwhile, is tuned to deliver at least 300 hp (304 PS) of torque and 270 lb.-ft. (366 Nm) of torque.

On the other hand, the latest addition to the engine lineup – the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine – makes use of various technologies like direct injection, turbocharging and variable cam timing. It also makes use of a distinct intake manifold and turbocharger housing.

All these technologies allow the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to develop more than 305 hp (309 PS) of output and 300 lb.-ft. (407 Nm) of torque. Dave Pericak, Ford Mustang chief engineer, remarked that the new EcoBoost engine is designed to deliver what a Mustang driver expects – thanks to its ability to generate a broad, flat torque curve.

Power from these engines is delivered to the wheels through an updated manual gearbox or a reworked automatic transmission with new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

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