The official sports car of the British underclass (that can afford to move out of the council estate) is the Ford Focus RS, a fluorescent display of 4-wheeled vulgarity. The British motoring press follow the progress of the Focus RS like we follow crappy celebrity gossip (well, they do too), and the latest such report has turned up an interesting tidbit about one of our home-grown working class heroes, the Ford Mustang.
With the departure of Volvo from the Ford empire, the 5-cylinder turbocharged engine used by the Focus RS is gone, and Ford will predictably be replacing it with some kind of turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine. Top Gear (the magazine, not the show) got to chat with Ford RS engineers, who apparently spilled the beans on a 2.3L turbocharged 4-cylinder with “at least 320 bhp.”
According to reporter Paul Horrell
This engine is timed to go into the Mustang in around 2014, but a RS Focus will probably get extra boost. The engine will also need to be re-engineered for the Focus’s transverse mounting.
An Ecoboost Mustang has long been the stuff of internet rumordom since the mid 2000’s, but a twin-turbo V6 seemed to be the choice of gossip-mongers and content aggregation sites everywhere. While the boosted V6 is very much a GM think (think Buick Grand National), a turbocharged 4-banger ‘Stang has happened before, in the form of the cult classic Mustang SVO. The SVO was also a legendary sales flop despite the SVO’s overall competence.