• Jan 25, 2008
Click the image above for more spy shots of the 2010 Ford Mustang

The idea of an EcoBoost V6 powering the next-generation Mustang has been kicked around the Autoblog offices ever since Ford announced the new twin-turbocharged, direct-inject V6 earlier this year. According to MotorTrend, FoMoCo is now seriously considering offering the new mill along with its standard 4.0-liter V6 and a set of new V8s. The Blue Oval is contemplating equipping the new 'Stang with an all new 5.0-liter V8 that would find its way under the hood of a limited edition Boss 302 or the 315-hp, 4.6-liter V8 found in the Bullitt. Either way, buyers can keep things traditional or go for the turbo V6 while still retaining the output characteristics of a big V8. The move comes as new CAFE regs are beginning to be taken seriously by all automakers, including GM, which recently canceled its DOHC V8 engine program.

Shelby versions of the Mustang will likely continue through the end of the year and maybe beyond, with a GT500 version being available soon after the redesign goes on sale late in 2009. It's still rumored that the new sheet metal adorning the 2010 Mustang will take some cues from the Giugiaro concept, including a set of wider haunches that are more reminiscent of the fastback's shoulders, along with a new rear bumper design, new front fascia and plenty of wheel and color choices. Inside, the instrument panel will get a facelift to allow more room for navigation and audio controls, while improvements will be made to create a more "driver-centric" environment.

Despite all the talk about a more fuel-efficient V6, Ford is reportedly also developing a supercharged version of its 5.0-liter V8 to be stuffed into a new flagship model that would compete with the Chevy Corvette ZR1 and Dodge Viper SRT10.

[Source: MotorTrend]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      like the old svo but with 2 more cylinders. The new ones are too large, they look kind of stupid but the possibilities of the turbo 6 might outweigh the ugly factor
        • 7 Years Ago
        If they could make it as light as the fox bodies were, and as good looking as they were for their day, I would get a WHOLE LOT more interested.

        (they may seem old now, but SVOs were some of the best looking straight-forward designs in the mid-80s...)

        SVO also had upgraded suspension (koni struts stock, IIRC, wide 16" wheels with 5-bolt disk brakes on all four corners...)

        If the Mustang were to get 4-wheel independent suspension with Konis or Bilsteins stock, big brakes, lighter weight, better handling, and lighter turbocharged drivetrain, I would immediately be a whole lot more engaged in the Mustang than I have been since I used to own a crappy old Fox-body. I loved that car despite it's drawbacks. I don't have that feeling about the current one. The drawbacks are just too many, and we are 20 years further into the future now than we were then, and the Mustang GT costs numerically twice as much, without adjusting for inflation.

        Better yet, clothe it in a new modern kinetic-design skin, offer a couple more amenities, and a Mercury badge... I am SO on board with that. THAT is what I mean by a G37 alternative, even if it is a couple bucks more than a Mustang GT. Call it Cougar, Capri, Mercenary, or whatever. Mercury Mercenary Eliminator... could be kind of catchy... :D

        Ford, GM, and Chryslers used to badge-engineer so bad it became a problem. Now they refuse to, when it could actually help them get out of some financial straights, and re-skinning a chassis platform is more affordable for companies to do than it used to be. It seems to be all or nothing, with a complete avoidance of a happy medium.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Smart move. Seriously.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Ford's piggy modulars don't represent all American v8's in that respect."

      While dimensionally larger, Ford's 4.6 3v Mod motor dressed is 20 pounds lighter than a comparable LS motor. The dressed weight is about 420 pounds compared to the LS motors 440 pounds - info is in the 08 FRPP catalog.

      And while its gained weight, the current car is really not much heavier than the last gen Camaro or Firebird. The S197 GT is a sub 3500 pound car fully loaded (wih a base GT at or under 3400 lbs).
      • 7 Years Ago
      The ZR-1 Competitior won't be a Mustang. It would be a completely new model, like what they did with the Ford GT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The Mustang, regardless of output, is not a competitor to the Viper or Corvette. If ford wants a halo car the likes of the Corvette ZR1 or Viper ACR they need to think of something along the lines of the GT or Shelby GR-1 concept.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As far as a stable mate goes,forgot about the 1980's mercury capris 5.0 same running gear basically diff. styling cues, refined interior as compared to the mustang gt. A very nice car still affordable but did not get the recognition it deserved and deserves now.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A twin turbo V6? blah!

      If you ask me (which none of you didn't), ford should do away with all V6 variants on the Mustang.. V6 Mustangs only sell to women and car rental fleets..Why continue to dilute the Mustang with the "weakest link option"?
        • 7 Years Ago
        the v6 is the volume seller

        it makes all the other versions possible

        its not profitable to design a unique platform for 50,000 v8s a year

        kill the v6 and you kill the whole model, sure they are poser mobiles that cash in on the image of the higher end models but they are a necessary "evil"
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why? The original Mustang was sold with an I-6. The V-6 dilutes nothing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What they need to do is completely revamp the entire sports line.

      Get a Euro-Spec Focus as an entry level SpoCom.
      Get the Mustang as a mid-level Sports Car.
      Get an (Unnamed) as the Halo Car.

      There, I just saved Ford from going into the red. Now where's my royalties check?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ok I figured out what I meant now,

      Base 4.0 V6
      Pony Package 3.5 TTV6 (IRS option)
      GT 5.0 V8
      GT Cobra 5.0 V8 (SC option...?)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Twin Turbo V6 has to do good things for the weight distribution here.

      Now if they can get that weight a little bit lower they'll have evolved this little pony into a real sports car.

      It is interesting that Ford are continuing to evolve this retro-mobile. I wonder of GM and the pentastar boys will be bright enough to do same with the Camaro and the Challenger.
        • 7 Years Ago
        seriously, if i cant get a decent pushrod motor then i mine as well go for the TT v6

        BTW ford, 315 hp is not going to keep up with the chevy and mopar guys. the move to a 5.0 is a good idea, should be 330 hp or so.

        the best mustang lineup would be entry 3.5 v6 at 260 hp
        the tt v6 at 300 hp and the 5.0 making over that in various states of tune.

        no damn point in ohc if your not going to make at least one version that pushes to 7k rpm. the boss motors were always known for top end anyways.
        • 7 Years Ago
        A pushrod v8 would also do good things for weight distribution in the mustang. Ford's piggy modulars don't represent all American v8's in that respect.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ford will have to do a lot to compete with the ZR1. The GT barely outperformed the Z06.
        • 7 Years Ago
        man, look at the technical photos of the zr1

        if you are not using large amounts of honey comb magnesium, aluminum, carbon fiber and fiberglass, your car has no hope of being faster

        even if you do all of that, if the engine, aero, suspension and weight distribution are not right, you still have no chance

        for a stock unibody street mustang to be faster than a zr1, it would have to be carbon fiber everything, stripped out interior and a fully exposed chromoly tube frame with 600+ hp and completely redone suspension. that would be a 100k mustang that only masochist would drive to work.
        • 7 Years Ago
        We aren't talking about a mustang. It's a different car. Similar to the Ford GT, like the GR-1 concept.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Nah, I don't think it would be that hard. The ZR-1 doesn't have the huge weight advantage the Z06 has, so I don't think the ZR-1 is going to handle that much better than the Z06. The Viper weighs more than the GT does. Therefore, the vette/viper's advantage is in HP, which wouldn't be too hard to increase in the Ford GT with a slightly bigger blower.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank God, finally. Also drop the four banger ecoboost in the base model, nothing moderately fun should have a v6 putting out the same hp as a friggen a4's 2.0T.
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