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Ford To Offer Turbo V-4 On Mustang?

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On: Sat, Jun 4, 2011 at 9:14AM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford To Offer Turbo V-4 On Mustang?

Chevy may not be the only U.S. automaker looking to smaller, turbocharged engines for its muscle icon. According to Motor Authority, Ford is considering shrinking its base Mustang engine to a turbocharged four-cylinder. Like Chevy, though, Ford doesn't plan on abandoning Mustang purists and will offer a range of engine options, including the Mustang GT's 5.0-liter V8. 

According to MotorAuthority's report, Ford will use a 2.3-liter version of its turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four in the next-generation Mustang beginning around 2015. There's no word on what the output of that engine will look like at this early stage in the game.

In addition to the turbo four, Ford may also offer a turbo six in the Mustang. That engine would be a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6, which is reportedly being developed for use in both front- and rear-driven vehicles.

Over the past few years, we've seen a shift from muscle wars based purely on things like power and speed to more sophisticated muscle/efficiency wars. The latest Mustang V6 became the first to offer the 3-3 combo of 300 hp (305-hp to be exact) and 31 mpg (highway) when the EPA tested it last year. Earlier this year, rumors indicated that Chevy will follow suit with the Camaro 2LS package with 30 mpg and 312 horses from a 3.6-liter V6 engine. And with demand (both from consumers and government) for more efficient engines growing, muscle cars will likely look to become more efficient with smaller engines, complemented with turbocharging.

While a V-4 may represent a change at one end of the spectrum, the other end is still expected to be represented by the 5.0-liter V-8, which made its return for the present generation Mustang GT. Indications are, however, that Ford may turn to technologies like direct injection or turbocharging in order to get better fuel economy while keeping displacement intact.



snake | 1:09PM (Thu, Jun 16, 2011)

V4 no thanks....some things are not meant to be..V8's are what muscle cars are about! If Ford wants to build a AWD Subby Mitsu fighter thats the home for a V4

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