The Ford Mustang V6 was discontinued for the 2018 model year, leaving customers with only two engine choices: the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, and the 5.0-liter Coyote V8. They’re great offerings in their own right. But with only two engine choices, there is a fairly significant power difference, and a big price gap, too.
The gaps in price and performance might put customers in a tough middle ground. It’s easy to see customers wanting more power without having to spend almost $10,000 more for a Ford Mustang GT from a Mustang EcoBoost, and that’s fair. So with that in mind, there’s good news on the horizon, because Ford may offer a third engine option for the Mustang for the 2020 model year.
Hagerty reports that Ford completed a vehicle identification number filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for the 2020 Mustang which shows three engine configurations in any model, besides a Shelby. More specifically, there are now two engine codes for the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Exact horsepower is not given for the alternate motor, but the magazine’s sources at Ford indicate a higher-powered variant of the EcoBoost motor is coming, perhaps a spin-off of the four-cylinder in the Focus RS.
The EcoBoost Ford Mustang already shares several components with the Focus RS, including its crankshaft, camshafts, rods, pistons, and valvetrain. The main differences between the two engines are the block, cylinder head castings, and tune. We’d love to see a Ford Mustang that receives a power surge, somewhere in the 350 horsepower range, like the RS.
If the report is accurate, expect Ford to slot this new, more powerful turbo motor between the base model and the Mustang GT and charge a few thousand more for the added power. A 2019 EcoBoost Ford Mustang starts at $26,395, while a barebones Mustang GT starts at $35,355. So there’s a lot of room to price a middle ground Mustang.
For comparison, a 2019 Chevrolet Camaro V6 comes in around $29,000, though the nameplate has had trouble catching on with buyers for this generation this time around. Dodge dealers will also sell customers six cylinders for around $27,845 with the 2019 Challenger, as well.
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Why doesn’t Ford offer a V6 as they did before? I had a 1980 Mustang with the 200 CI (3.3 L) inline six, and in that year, Ford offered FIVE engines:
1. Basic I-4
2. Turbo I-4
The newer V6 could be the same offered in the F-150 truck. And by 2020 Ford will have a hybrid Mustang, too
Lets hope that the higher HP four cylinder does not have the same issues that the Focus RS has experienced. What about the 2.7 liter Ecoboost V6 from the F 150. It makes 325 hp and 400ft lbs of torque. A slight tweek to350 hp would be just perfect.
You know, this might be the first time I actually agree with Raymond Ramirez almost. Not so sure about the whole I-6 thing but honestly Ford needs to offer some different engines for the mustang. The mustang should have a wider array of 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines along with different trim packages and names. The Shelby names need to be retired and names like SVO, LX, Mach 1, Cobra and Boss 302 need to return as well as the run of the mill GT
LX- 2.3L Turbo 310hp/320tq
SVO- 2.3L Turbo I-4 350hp/350tq
GT- 3.5L V6 Twin turbo 450hp/510tq
Boss 302- Voodoo 5.0L Flat plane crank V8 500hp/430tq
Mach 1-Coyote family 5.4L v8 530hp/500tq
Cobra-Predator 5.8L V8 supercharged 700 + horsepower/650 + torque
I’ve got some seriously high hopes for this new cd6 platform (I know the above article is still talking about the current gen mustang which is not on the CD6). There are so many possibilities of how this new car could be and the anticipation is killing me! are we going to see our first Ecoboost v8 with a 4.7L twin turbo under the hood? Who knows! Could we get a 2.3L with a hybrid transmission like the Lincoln Aviator and possibly see a 400hp/550tq Ecoboost setup? could be? Me personally, I’d love to see a wider v8 selection like what I mentioned above (granted I’m not really a fan of the Voodoo V8) but whatever and yeah I would love to see a Mustang with a 3.5L twin turbo V6 that sounds better than the Raptor. Another thing I’d love to see from Ford would be a Gran-Coupe Ford Falcon with the same powertrain as I mentioned above along with a crossover like the EVOS but with the above engine options along with an electric variant. Same thing with the Explorer, the F150, and the Expedition Amongst other things
Taking what I said above, now that I think about it a little more, the 3.0L twin turbo would serve better as an RS Mustang with 415hp/420tq AWD while a Gen-4 Coyote 5.0 would actually be a more preferred GT setup with about 485hp and somewhere around the 460-475tq range.
the 3.0 liter twin turbo is a perfect engine to add to the mustang highway range needs to be improved and still have fun with a stick shift. the 2.7 in the fusion has an EPA 26 hwy. not good for 325. The GT has been pushed too far. The 3.5 v6 wears out in the ford raptror according to car and driver. 400 HP or 350 is ok but 28 MPH HWY is needed.