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Community Question: Should Ford Do Away With The Ford Mustang V6?

As of this writing, we’ve never had the occasion to drive the base, V6-powered Ford Mustang.

In fact, the Ford Mustang V6 gets rather less attention than any of its three siblings: the EcoBoost-powered model, the V8-propelled GT, or the excellent Shelby GT350. Ford didn’t even bother to introduce the V6 model in the plethora of right-hand drive markets in which its now selling the pony car, limiting choices to the EcoBoost and GT models, instead.

It’s not hard to see why. With a commendable 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, the V6 pony car still produces less thrust than the Ford Mustang EcoBoost (310 HP / 320 lb-ft), without offering much in the way of weight savings. And, not that it necessarily makes a world of difference to the average pony car enthusiast, but the EcoBoost model dominates the Ford Mustang V6 with regard to fuel-efficiency, as well, achieving up to an EPA-estimated 26 combined miles-per-gallon vs. the V6’s 22 mpg.

It would seem, then, that the Ford Mustang V6 has been all but made redundant by the EcoBoost pony car and its turbocharged, 2.3-liter engine. At least, that’s our take; we want to hear from you. Has the Ford Mustang EcoBoost supplanted the V6 model as the only base pony car a consumer should ever need? Or is there still a case to be made for the normally-aspirated, 3.7-liter V6 engine? Weigh-in with our nifty poll, and don’t be afraid to expound upon your response in the comments section below.

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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  1. Ruud B.

    Of course not, it is a much better engine than any four cylinder in terms of engine balancing and longevity. They should come out with a more competitive one. id like 3.0 liter inline 6 as standard then a turbo inline 6 then v8

  2. Michael See

    The V6 will be “phased out” for a few reasons, first the Eco-boost covers the same performance band. The “life cycle” of the V6 gave Ford a large profit but, the CAFÉ cost cuts that life short. The V6 was the “entry level”, lowest price Mustang that got you into the game – these days people pay a little extra for the “performance package” which isn’t that far up in price.


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