2011 Ford Mustang GT 5.0: A Four-Cylinder Option
September 07, 2011
We're hearing that the Ford guys are ginning up a 300-hp, 2.3-liter Ecoboost turbo four-cylinder for the Mustang. Now, this engine is slated to replace the V6, not the V8, so those needing their proper dose of crossplane bent-eight gurgle and snort need not despair. I, in fact, may have overdosed a smidge on my way to the office this morning in our longterm 2011 Ford Mustang GT. Booyeah.
There are many unanswered questions surrounding the four-cylinder engine's particulars. Nevertheless, I'll go out on a limb and say that the turbo-four will match the peak torque of the V6 (280 lb-ft), best the V6's fuel economy and weigh a scant few pounds less but not enough to really matter. That, and the MSRP will be basically unchanged.
Unknowns aside, what are your initial thoughts on this development?
a. major bummer / what are they thinking?
b. meh. an extra mpg or two isn't really worth it
c. my cat's breath smells like cat food
d. it's the base engine, so any fuel economy advantage makes it worthwhile
e. the tuning potential of a turbo four has me salivating / V6s are for pansies
f. I've been waiting my entire life for a latter-day SVO Mustang
--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor