While there has been a lot of speculation over the 2018 refresh of the S550 Mustang, some recent news has confirmed some exciting rumors. It appears that the 2018 Mustang GT will be recieving some updates to it’s 5.0L coyote engine and it is more than just a hybrid offering.
Ford unveiled at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) that the coyote V8 will be receiving dual fuel injection, a combination of port and direct fuel injection. This joins the growing list of other ’18 Mustang updates and is a big step forward in muscle car technology that will help the 2018 Mustang GT be one the most powerful GTs ever offered from Ford. I guess we now know what those mysterious hood bumps on those test mules were.
While the idea of having hybrid fuel injection for your Ford Mustang sounds awesome on paper, it may leave some enthusiasts wondering what this actually equates to in real world driving. The two biggest benefits that will come from the 2018 Mustang having direct and port fuel injection will be an increase in power as well as a bump in fuel economy.
Direct fuel injection is much more efficient than port fuel injection as it essentially cuts out the middle man. Instead of feeding the fuel into the engine before the intake valve, direct injection shoots the fuel directly into the combustion chamber. This allows for more of the fuel to be used, creating more power while not sacrificing fuel economy.
The Issue With Direct Injection
An issue that can occur in direct injection engines is a build up of carbon on the intake valve and in the intake port, while also causing the temperature to be greater on the valves. By using port injection with direct injection, you can keep the intake valve and port clear of carbon build up while also keeping the temperatures cooler and the valves cleaner. Truly the best of both worlds.
While Ford has not made any sort of claim as to what the 2018 Mustang GT will make with this new engine configuration, we can assume it is going to get a healthy bump up from the already potent 435 HP. It is safe to guess that the revised coyote engine will put down somewhere around 470-500 HP, but realistically around 475-480.
What are your thoughts on the updated 5.0L? Is this going to be the potent V8 engine Ford needs to put the Camaro in its place? Comment your thoughts below!