Ford may axe the base V6-powered Ford Mustang by the time the 2018 model year rolls around, according to new evidence that’s turned up on website Mustang6G. This would leave Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder as the sole alternative to the Ford Mustang GT’s burly V8.
Mustang6G user XKRJAG, a Ford dealership employee, posted on the website’s forum that searching the dealer ordering system for the 2018 Ford Mustang V6 returns “not valid.” This strongly suggests that Ford will indeed be axing the base normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter V6 engine from the range.
Of course, 2018 will be the model year for a range of mid-generation changes to the S550 Ford Mustang, and XKRJAG’s dealer ordering system search turned up plenty more new intel. For instance, option code “44U” points to the addition of a 10-speed automatic transmission – almost certainly the same unit co-developed with GM that transmits power in the new F-150 Raptor and Camaro ZL1. Option “96B” points to MagneRide dampers, which could be part of a new, higher-tier performance package. Both the dampers and the 10-speed auto will allegedly be available on both EcoBoost- and V8-powered Ford Mustang models.
Of course, we’ll know more as we draw closer to the launch of the 2018 Ford Mustang. To comb through all of XKRJAG’s findings yourself, be sure to hit up Mustang6G.com.