The Mustang will receive its first major overhaul for the 2010 model year. In terms of powertrain, while the 3.5 liter EcoBoost turbo V6 we”ve been hearing about probably would make for a good long term solution, there”s still doubt that such a powertrain would see its way into a Mustang by 2010.
More likely is a 5.0 liter version of the current 4.6 liter V8. Horsepower would be higher than the current 300 hp setup and utilizing some improvements seen in the 315 hp Bullitt Mustang, could produce up to 350 hp.
We”d like to see the 3.5 liter 263 hp motor from the Taurus see duty as the base V6 motor or at least bridge the gap between the 4.0 liter V6 and 5.0 liter V8, but sources suggest that the 4.0 liter will soldier on unchanged due to its price point and use for rental-fleet Mustangs. But with potentially equal or better gas mileage than the 4.0 liter, it would be nice if the 3.5 liter was used for retail and the 4.0 liter as fleet-only.
There”s even talk that the 3.5 liter EcoBoost turbo V6 could be offered alongside the 5.0 liter V8. While four different powertrain options seems excessive, 200-hp, 263-hp, 340-hp and 350-hp versions would make for some interesting choices. Choose your own adventure, indeed.
Source: Motor Trend
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