Ford Neuters V6 Mustang To Help Ecoboost Reproduce

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
ford neuters v6 mustang to help ecoboost reproduce

Power and weight figures for the 2015 Ford Mustang have been released, and while the 5.0L Coyote V8 gets a nice bump in power, the V6 gets dialed back a bit, to help put some distance between it and the new Ecoboost 2.3L engine.

For 2015, the Mustang will get

  • A 3.7L V6 making 300 horsepower/280 lb-ft V6 (-5hp). Curb weight is 3526(+30 lbs)/3530 lbs (+12lbs) for the manual and automatic.
  • A 5.0L V8 making 435 horsepower/400 lb-ft (+15hp/+10 lb-ft). Curb weight is 3705/3729 (+87lbs/+54lbs).
  • A 2.3L Ecoboost 4-cylinder making 310 horsepower/320 lb-ft. Curb weight is 3532/3524.

While the V6 Mustang was a darling of the cheap performance car crowd, the Ecoboost is going to be positioned above the V6 as a premium engine option. Will it be like the old SVO Stang of the 1980’s, where it was the true performance option, or is it just a play for people who have a fondness for boosted 4-bangers?

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  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Jul 18, 2014

    So the new volume Mustang is gaining weight and losing power, whereas the new volume Camaro is losing weight and gaining power . . . .

    • Bball40dtw Bball40dtw on Jul 18, 2014

      I would expect the engine lineup to be different in the Mustang in 2016. In typical FoMoCo fashion, they'll held over engines with minor revisions and added one that won't be the volume engine. Look at what happened with the Mustang after its last update it 2010; two new engines in 2011. A 2.3T, 2.7T, 5.0L (direct injected or upgraded), plus a Boss and Shelby level powerplant are my expectations for the 2016 Mustang. I would also expect an automatic transmission with more than 6 speeds at some point too.

  • Ion Ion on Jul 18, 2014

    The V6 mustang is not long for this world anyway. Ford is not offering a premium trim on the 6. Anyone looking for leather or navigation will be forced into getting the turbo 4. Thus giving ford an excuse to ditch the 6 due to "low customer intrest". It's the same way companies are ditching manuals by tying them to base models nobody wants.

    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Jul 19, 2014

      The future of the GT/V-8 relies on a lot of EcoBoost sales. The V-8 lives or dies with the EcoBoost.

  • Sportyaccordy Sportyaccordy on Jul 19, 2014

    Can't believe Ford is giving the nod to the backwards cap Cobb chip internet forum contingent, but I guess they have to follow the money. I see them pushing the V6 towards death's door. Truthfully while I am an N/A advocate if I had to choose between the two for the Mustang I'd go with the 4. "35 MPG highway! Faster than a BMW!" The marketing writes itself. And I wouldn't buy any Mustang without a V8. I don't care how much HP a "Cobb Stage 3 chip puts down y0".

  • Mrb00st Mrb00st on Jul 20, 2014

    "Will it be like the old SVO Stang of the 1980′s, where it was the true performance option, or is it just a play for people who have a fondness for boosted 4-bangers?" Well it's obviously not going to be analogous to the SVO. The SVO was faster or at least equal to the 5.0L GT back in the day. This new one will be noticeably slower. I don't know what they're going for. 30 extra lb-ft of torque over the V6 is great, but the same weight? I mean, what's the difference going to be, really?

    • 3Deuce27 3Deuce27 on Jul 20, 2014

      Reg; "obviously not going to be analogous to the SVO" _ Good point, but then it isn't and SVO/SVT. Hopefully one is in the works. The EcoBoost should be lighter on the front end. The big reason for putting the emphasis on the EcoBoost, is probably the Corporate average fuel demands. While the V-8 guys hate the EcoBoost, if expected sales are what Ford wants, they will be able to keep building the GT with a V-8, but its days are numbered... count on it.