[UPDATE: The 2015 Mustang has been released and AmericanMuscle has exclusive video, information and coverage surrounding the release and the 2015 Mustang itself. Check it out for yourself!]
So if you’ve been following all the 2015 Mustang rumors, spy photos and Ford MoCo Leaks, you know that the next generation Mustang is getting a four cylinder engine as an option. There is, however, a few major details still up for debate. For instance, Edmunds has reported the 4 cylinder will only be sold in Europe and not available here in the United States while Road & Track is saying just the opposite. Even more intriguing is whether or not this 4 cylinder engine will replace the Mustang’s current 3.7L V6 or be offered as a premium upgrade. According to a recently leaked Ford survey, it appears a 2.3L, 4 cylinder engine will be a premium upgrade and the 3.7L will remain the base model Mustang’s powerplant.
Rumor also has it that the 4 cylinder will be the 2.3L EcoBoost recently announced for the 2015 Lincoln MKC. Word on the street says this 2.3L is detuned in the MKC and the 2015 Mustang could have a horsepower rating of anywhere from 300-330HP when it gets transplanted. From a Lincoln Press Release:
” The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder offers best-in-class performance even when measured against competitors’ six-cylinder engines. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost offers projected best-in-class horsepower per liter and best-in-class torque per liter, generating 275 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 300 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,000 rpm, according to preliminary test data. ”
If the rumors prove true and the next Mustang does indeed share this motor with the MKC, it will be positioned between the current 3.7L V6 and the returning 5.0L Coyote motors within the Mustang’s lineup. Another popular guess has the 3.5L EcoBoost joining the ranks sometime around 2017 as a 400HP option, just after Ford phases out the 3.7L naturally aspirated V6 and makes the four cylinder the base engine.A 5.0 or 5.2L “Voodoo” naturally aspirated V8 engine is also said to be headed for the next generation of SVT Mustangs. These motors might not be seen in 2015, but a grouping of different sources from both outside of Ford and within say they are indeed coming.
Again, these are highly speculative rumors backed only by the word of presumed insiders and a few different media outlets at this point, but by looking at the full collection or reports from various sources you can easily draw some near-definite conclusions (IRS, 2.xL 4 cylinder EcoBoost, a “Voodoo” N/A V8, ect.).
The 2015 Ford Mustang will be Shown for the first time to the public by Ford Motor company on December 5th, 2013. That’s right–you’ve got less than two weeks to prepare yourself. Be sure to tune early to catch your first glimpse, then head over to the Mustang6g forums as they dissect all the changes.