Ford to Revive SVO Mustang

Paul Niedermeyer
by Paul Niedermeyer

Just a week ago, we called on Ford to revive the SVO Mustang. And now, a "reliable source" has told Garage 419 that Ford is considering a revival of a Mustang SVO. OK, not the actual Fox-body ‘Stang of the eighties. But the same idea translated for today. We're talking about a 300hp EcoBoost four cylinder engine mated to a six-speed stick; a combination that could shave as much as five hundred pounds off a current GT. Much of that diet would come off the front end, improving front/rear weight balance and handling. How about an IRS back there while we're at it? No? Damn. Anyway, the new SVO's EPA numbers could easily beat the GT by some 25 percent or more. Just the ticket for the times: a good-handling ‘Stang with wallet-friendly mileage. Dropping oil prices helped kill the last SVO; sounds like the obverse is true now. Weird.

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  • John Williams John Williams on Jul 04, 2008

    Any word on the SVO's pricing? Isn't that what killed the first incarnation? A turbo-4cyl Mustang for $2k less than the V6 model might work, provided no one gets rattled about the Mustang Image being jarred by the presence of that engine straining itself to pull about 3500lbs of stylish metal around. And I bet the actual horsepower of that engine might be around 260-275 when it finally hits the engine bay. As for the Camaro, I doubt anyone wants to be reminded of the atrocious lump of metal known as the "Iron Duke".

  • SupaMan SupaMan on Jul 04, 2008

    I think this is a sweet deal and one designed to one-up GM's plans to implement the turbo four into the Camaro. So not only will the the lighter engine be more fuel efficient, but the Mustang's handling will be enhanced. Not that I'd buy one anyway.

  • Quasimondo Quasimondo on Jul 04, 2008
    I’ve yet to a hear a turbo four that sounds like anything but a cleaning implement from within the car. Most of them are torque-deprived in a bottom of the rev range. None of this is fitting for the Mustang. I like the sounds of cleaning implements. I even like them in a Mustang. I just don't like them associated with the sounds of a Civic.
  • Jerseydevil Jerseydevil on Jul 07, 2008

    cant wait!