Ever since the Ford EcoBoost engine lineup saw the light of day, speculation about an EcoBoost powered a la turbocharged Mustang was floating around the automotive news desks. Some postulated the idea of a Mustang powered by the Taurus SHO’s 3.5L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6, which churns out a solid 365hp.
The problem with that idea is if Ford were ever to do that, it would almost virtually render the Mustang 5.0 V8 completely pointless, which in the realm of automotive historic tradition, is a huge social no-no. Apparently, others have also speculated about a four-cylinder EcoBoost powered Mustang that could be positioned below the naturally aspirated 3.7L V6, which seems more likely. And if it were to be that, the same people suggested it could be the same 2.0L EcoBoost four-banger found in the upcoming Ford Focus ST, good for 247hp.
That would make a little bit more sense. But to be honest, who would buy a four-cylinder Mustang? If anything, a four-cylinder Mustang speaks against all things muscle car. Seriously, and considering the aftermarket tuning support that the Mustang has, I wouldn’t want my pony car to sound like a fart-canned Honda rather than a big, burly muscle car.
Either way, word is that Ford’s chief product manager, Derrick Kuzak, has hinted that we could very well be expecting an EcoBoost powered Mustang of some sort.
“Given the success we’ve had with EcoBoost across the lineup that we’ve talked about, it’s fair to assume that we will have an EcoBoost Mustang in the very near future,” he said earlier this week at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
It will certainly be interesting to see what route Ford goes with this EcoBoost Mustang idea.
– By: Chris Chin