Ford is creating all kinds of controversy regarding the next Mustang. First of all, the design will abandon its retro looks and evolve into a sleeker sports car worthy of worldwide distribution. The car’s infamous rear suspension will finally be modernized, and to top it all off, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine will be on the options list for the first time since the mid-1980s.
That’s a lot for Mustang fans to digest all at once.
Even more controversial than the existence of the four-banger is the determination of who will get access to it.
For all those who scream that a 4-cylinder has no place in a Mustang, there are just as many who think the engine should be available in the United States. But it probably won’t be.
According to a report from Edmunds, Ford is going to introduce a Europe-only EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder into the engine bay of the Mustang. The engine would be a 2.3-liter, 300-horsepower ball of tightly wound fun. The 5.0 V8 engine will also be available in Europe, though I wouldn’t expect that particular mill to be a big seller in the world of $8/gallon petrol.
Ford of Europe COO Stephen Odell said,
The Mustang is uniquely Ford and has a huge fan base here in Europe. Now those fans have something to look forward to and we look forward to providing more details in the near future.
Why wouldn’t the powerful but fuel-efficient engine be offered in the States? That choice doesn’t make sense, unless Ford is just too afraid of tarnishing the Mustang’s name here with too many changes at once. Personally, I’d rather have the turbo four than the base V6, but would still pick the 5.0 if I were in the market for a ‘Stang. If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it right!
Should Ford make the 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder available for the 2015 Mustang in the U.S.?
UPDATE: Road & Track has confirmed that the 2.3-liter turbo four will be offered in the U.S., and not as the base engine. The 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 will still be the entry option, meaning the four should pump out slightly more power. Time to rejoice, Mustang fans?