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Eco-Mustang? Ford To Introduce Ecoboost Mustang Option
Muscle cars, like supercars, are one of the few automotive categories that remain exempt from environmental friendliness. These cars have a tradition that is based around big, punishing V-6 and V-8 engines. They're large and heavy and don't really think about anything but drag races, smoking tires and bragging rights. They sure as hell don't think about Mother Earth. More forward-thinking individuals might conclude the muscle cars are everything that's wrong with the history of American automotive design all tucked into a nutshell, but these cars have a fervent following and remain important for automakers' sales and images.
While fuel economy and eco-design may not be primary considerations in the build of cars like the Chevy Camaro or Ford Mustang, they're slowly slipping their way into the minds of designers and executives. Boasts like "300 HP" are now being qualified with "...and 30 MPG". Soon, increased fuel economy and decreased CO2 emissions may become central elements of muscle car design rather than asterisks and afterthoughts. And it looks like Ford will lead the way.
Ford product chief Derrick Kuzak all but confirmed that the Mustang will be getting an Ecoboost engine option in the near future. At an event in Detroit earlier this month, Kuzak said that such a move would be "a very safe bet," according to Autoweek. Kuzak didn't go into any details on what Ecoboost engine would find its way into the Mustang lineup, but past rumors have indicated that it will be a four-cylinder.
Right now, Ford builds a 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder worth 237 hp and a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6 worth 365-hp. The latter is comparably sized to the base Mustang's 305-hp 3.7 V-6, and since Ecoboost engines are designed to offer bigger output in smaller packages, we don't see Ford replacing a 3.7-liter V-6 with a 3.5-liter Ecoboost V-6. We also don't see Ford replacing the newly revived 5.0-liter V-8 with an Ecoboost engine, so the likeliest scenario is that it uses the Ecoboost four-cylinder as a base option.
Motor Authority reported last spring that Ford was developing a 2.3-liter version of the Ecoboost four earmarked for the Mustang. We'd bet that that engine would offer the same ~ 300-hp as the current V-6 but in a smaller, more efficient turbo-four package. And we'd bet that such a solution is the missing piece of the Ecoboost-Mustang puzzle.
Posted In: Reports, Rumors, Hybrid / Green
Tags: Ford, Mustang, muscle cars, ecoboost, eco-friendly, green, mpg
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