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2015 Mustang to share 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with Focus RS?

By Drew Phillips - February 17, 2012 – 4:21 pm10 Comments | 8,401 views

2015 Ford Mustang Rendering

It’s pretty much a given that the 2015 Mustang will be available with some sort of four-cylinder power, marking the return of the Mustang SVO or perhaps the debut of the Mustang EcoBoost, but the exact powerplant that will be under the hood is still being debated. According to one source, though, the engine could be the same turbocharged four-cylinder that will be found in the next 2015 Focus RS.

Top Gear reports that the next generation Focus RS will be getting a direct-injection 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing at least 320 horsepower, and a version of that same engine will also be available in the 2015 Mustang.  According to the British car magazine, though, the Mustang’s engine won’t be quite as powerful to prevent internal competition with the V6 model. Motor Trend estimates that the 2015 Mustang’s four-cylinder could produce anywhere between 250 and 300 horsepower. If that’s the case, we’re guessing that Ford would also increase the output of the Mustang V6 to further separate the two models.

[Source: Top Gear, Motor Trend, Image: Popular Hot Rodding]




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10 Comments »

  • Average American says:

    **DO NOT** drop the HP! **BUMP** the V6 instead!

  • Paul Tucker says:

    And 440bhp from the Coyote 5.0, please!

  • Eric says:

    Like some of the old “svo” that were as powerful as a 5.0 Reminds me some Camaro guys who were very surprise to see the back license plate of a turbo 4.

  • joxy says:

    as long as 300hp weight reduction by 400lbs its a contendable product with irs

  • Doug says:

    The original SVO’s were designed to ‘compete’ directly with the BMW’s and Porsche 944′s of the day. The SVO could hold its own again the Mustang GT in a straight line, and destroyed it on any surface with corners and curves. The SVO was ahead of its time, and sadly over-priced compared to the GT. I own an original SVO and will NOT even consider a ‘new’ SVO if HP/performance is sacrificed in any way/shape/form. As many original SVO ads stated……..”THE MACHINE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.” Period. End of story.

  • Paul says:

    A 4-cylinder Mustang? Not again! SACRILEGE!!

  • Jeff says:

    The return of the SVO! I have a 91′ notch with a 2.3L turbocharged, similar to the SVO with the dual plug head, no distributor and mass air. Technology from 86-91 came a long way just imagine going tp 2015. Oh the potential, I want to see it done where guys are improving their 4 bangers to make 500+ horsepower and keeping the cars leight. Kind of keeping Carol Shelby’s philosophy going!

  • Jeff says:

    The return of the SVO! I have a 91′ notch with a 2.3L turbocharged, similar to the SVO with the dual plug head, no distributor and mass air. Technology from 86-91 came a long way just imagine going to 2015. Oh the potential, I want to see it done where guys are improving their 4 bangers to make 500+ horsepower and keeping the cars light. Kind of keeping Carol Shelby’s philosophy going!

  • John says:

    Will be sad, when the mustang will share the econo car motor.. You will have the lighter focus drivers laughing at mustang owners because they spent less for a faster car. 450-500 HP Mustang GT, 350HP V6 and 310HP 4 cylinder…I hate to think a 4 cylinder is going in the mustang at all, but to drop the V6 for it? not just no…but hell no!

    The last thing we need is cater to europe and change our cars to make them happy..Last time i checked Ford was an American company,started by a brilliant American man.

    I would love to have a Ford Falcon from Aussie land though. Those cars are awesome.

  • 2.3 Turbo fan says:

    Seems like the same old management war from the SVO days. The turbo is quite capable of out performing a non boosted V6 yet they want the turbo 4 to take a back seat to the V6 to make it appear more powerful. The guys at turboford.org quite regularly turn up the boost on their old SVO’s and clones and easily get 350 hp and still get 18/27 MPG all day long. And,they do that without a 6 speed trans. The turbo is like a genie in a bottle. Take the cap off and let the genie do it’s work. Boosted power can be used for either speed or economy. Please don’t detune the turbo, turn up the boost and let the V6 engineers play catch up.

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