The legendary Mustang by Ford received an upgrade for the 2010 model year to enable it to compete with newer rivals like the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Camaro and the all-new Nissan 370Z. However, it is reported that the uprate does not include any major changes to the range of the car's powertrain.
Although there are alternatives currently available to Ford, like the EcoBoost V6 and the latest 5.0-liter V8, it was decided that the Mustang will stick to the previous 210 hp 4.0-liter V6 and 315 hp 4.6-liter V8 powertains instead.
In comparing Ford's 315 hp GT with other high-end rivals, it appears pale in comparison to the 372 hp Dodge Challenger R/T and even fares worse in contrast to the 422 hp of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS.
Nissan's V6 on the 370Z can even generate 332 hp! However, the scene can soon change as reports are trickling out claiming that the 4.6-liter and 5.4-liter V8 will be replaced by a new 5.0-liter nicknamed "Coyote."
The new engine is expected to come with the F-150 pickup in 2010 and filter to the Mustang by 2011. The Coyote comes with a 4-valve SOHC design, with potency rating near the 400hp boundary with torque in excess of 400lb-ft.
Although the standard Mustang will come with a 4.0-liter V6, a new mid-level version will come with Ford's 355 hp and 350 lb-ft EcoBoost powertplant. For the high-performance Shelby versions, the 5.4-liter powerplant the GT500 will be ultimately replaced by a supercharged version of the latest 5.0-liter V8.