|2010 Ford Mustang
I broke out in a cold sweat when I first read the headline: "2010 Ford Mustang - Are you ready for a twin-turbo V-6". Could it be? Was Ford looking to drop our muscular V8 for a turbo V6? My heart jumped to my throat. Visions of the Mustang II (no offense guys), gas shortages of the 70's, and low power V6 engines pierced through my mind...
Turns out I jumped to conclusions a little too quickly. According to a recent article in Motor Trend Magazine Ford is looking to add a twin turbo Ecoboost V6 engine to the Mustang lineup for 2010 in an attempt to meet the 35mpg CAFE standards by 2020. The Ecoboost V6 is said to be capable of nearly 415 horsepower with the torque of a V8. However they aren't dropping the V8. Instead their plans are to produce three Mustang models which include the naturally aspirated 4.0L V6, the twin turbo Ecoboost V6, and possibly a 5.0L V8. Word is that the Ecoboost and V8 models would be very close in cost so buyers in that price range would get to decide which they prefer. The lifespan of the V8 could depend on that decision.
The 5.0L V8 would in essence be an updated version of what is run in the current Mustang GT. A Ford engineer told Motortrend that the work done in creating the slightly more powerful V8 in the 2008 Bullit Mustang "has a future". It's reasonable to expect 325-350 horsepower from the new powerplant says the article. Another surprising revelation is the possibility of the new 5.0L showing itself early in a limited edition Mustang, possibly a modern version of the beloved Boss 302.
Motortrend went even further in predicting that the Shelby GT500 wouldn't die after two years as Ford initially intended. Strong demand could keep the current model on the production line for 2009 with an updated version in store for 2010. Although they're still testing different powertrain configurations the rumor is that Ford is clearly looking at using a supercharged 5.0L V8 with the (540hp) 5.4L of the GT500KR being standard for the short term.
Originally we had heard that Ford would be unveiling a slightly changed Mustang for 2009, with big changes coming in 2010-2012. However competition from other manufacturers has changed those plans. Now it looks as if Ford will run an abbreviated 2009 model run with those cars being identical to the current lineup. Then in spring of that year Ford would roll out the 2010 models.
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