Ford Mustang customers won’t be able to specify the V6 powerplant for the latest iteration of the carmaker’s pony car. This comes as the new 2018 Ford Mustang is saying goodbye to its 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine.
The V6 engine had been one of the available powerplants for the Mustang along with the 2.3-liter GTDI I-4 engine (Four Cylinder EcoBoost) and the 5.0-liter Ti-VCT V8 engine. While it has more cylinders (six vs. four) and higher displacement (3.7 liters vs. 2.3 liters) than the four-cylinder EcoBoost, the larger naturally aspirated V6 simply loses in terms of power output and torque as well as fuel efficiency.
In the 2017 Ford Mustang, the V6 engine provides 300 hp of max output at 6,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of peak torque available at 4,000 rpm. This engine boasts of EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 18 mpg city, 27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined both in manual and automatic transmissions. The smaller yet turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine offers better figures.
This four-cylinder engine delivers up to 310 hp of output at 5,500 rpm and up to 320 lb.-ft. of torque available at 3,000 rpm. This means that the 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides more output and more torque in lower revs. In addition, the 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine has EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 24 mpg combined (both with manual and transmission).
Comparing these two powerplants, it was quite inevitable for Ford to drop the V6 engine and make the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine as the entry-level powerplant for the Ford Mustang. That change finally occurred for the 2018 model year.
For the 2018 model year, however, Ford will be making the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine more powerful than before. The American carmaker hasn’t provided any details on the new power levels of the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, but it should provide more output and more torque than the 310 hp and 320 lb.-ft. of the current version.
As for the legendary 5.0-liter V8 engine, Ford has spent great efforts to rework this powerplant to make it more powerful while achieving low-end torque and higher revs – thanks to the carmaker’s new dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection as well as low-pressure port fuel injection. Moreover, Ford says this reworked V8 is more efficient than before.
Of course, the engine is just one of the several changes and improvements on the 2018 Ford Mustang. Aside from the upgrade manual gearbox, Ford is also offering a new 10-speed transmission that boasts of quicker shift times and better low-speed tip-in response, as well as reduced friction losses.