• Jan 25, 2009
When Ford introduced the 2010 Mustang at the LA Auto Show in November, there was some disappointment expressed over the engine lineup. The V6 was unchanged and the 4.6L was only mildly tweaked. Ford officials strongly hinted that this was just the beginning and that the Mustang would follow the pattern of the 2008-9 Escape. In 2008 the Escape got new bodywork and the following year the engines got a complete revamp.
Similarly, the Mustangs are expected to get heart transplants next year. It's still unclear what base engine will replace the old 4.0L V6 although a 2.0L EcoBoost four has been rumored. The 3.5L EcoBoost V6 is also expected to be an important part of the lineup. But the most die-hard Mustang fans only seem to care about V8s. A new 32-valve 5.0L is expected to replace the 4.6L and 5.4L V8s in the Mustang and the F-150. Unlike the 5.4L in the trucks, the new "Coyote" V8 uses a significantly lighter aluminum block, and based on the spy pics that have just turned up, it will also use an aluminum intake manifold in place of the plastic unit used on the current V8s. The Coyote should give the Mustang GT 400 hp to play with, putting it on par with the Camaro SS but at a lighter weight. Bring it on!

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that the Mustang interior is improved, if they introduce a 400hp engine then I'd give the Mustang a serious shot over the Camaro in Spring of 2010, which is my target for a new car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a GM V8. Hopefully it will be as reliable as one and have the same fantastic power delivery. 2 boat anchors are enough (4.6/5.4), Ford doesn't need three.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Mustang is losing right now to the camaro for the number one muscle car in America if you get a minute head over and vote for The Mustang! http://www.camaroVSmustang.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      he means it is physically smaller, the dohc design makes the ford engines quite wide and heavy while in an ls3 the ohv design or any ls engine for that matter is very compact for its size thats why you see so many 240z or rx7 ls swaps
      • 6 Years Ago
      the Camaro will still probably handle better.

      As if 99% of the actual buyers of these cars will ever be in position the take a lap around the 'Ring. .....Hilarious.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sounds really nice :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I just talked to a ford engineer at my place of work. He told me that the raptor engine is based off the hurricane engine platform, so expect to see a 6.2L within the next 2 years. He said the 5.0L will feature a steel crank with a aluminum block as well as a FLAT torque curve, the engine will also hold together at around 500 HP. Look out GM the mustang just got its teeth back.
        • 6 Years Ago
        When exactly did the mustang lose its teeth? The mustangs were already faster than any GM pony car of the last 15 years, including the new SS.

        All they are doing is setting the bar higher at the entry level performance model.
      • 6 Years Ago
      With all due respect, as the former owner of a 97 Cobra with the 32v engine, is this really better than the Hemi? Horsepower is similar (a little higher/liter maybe) but it looks like it is still 50% larger and probably far more complex and that usually means heavier. I loved the engine in the Mustang but the Hemi in my Magnum is better. The name however, truly is cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What difference does it make which engine is better? The mustang will be much faster than your magnum due to weight alone. Also, yes, the 5.0 is better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I read this on PickupTrucks.com yesterday. It looks promising. This will help with weight reduction in the Mustang and F150. And "HA!" to the people who were bitching about the no aluminum block in the Mustang. You know who you are. Once again, "Coyote" is such a badass name for an engine. Ford has the best engines and the best names. :) These engines are much better than the rest of the domestic market, imo. This will be excellent competition against the Cartoon Camaro. Ford is really impressing me more and more each time a new story pops up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, trust me, I know Mustangs better than most. Some people just are bitching about it, on the Internet and directly to me, because they know nothing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really wonder if Ford would offer an Ecoboost I4 for the base model. Sure, it would make similar hp/torque to the 3.5 NA V6 in a lighter package and better fuel economy, but how well would it be suited to a 3600 lb vehicle? Would people prefer the better "from the bottom" torque in the 3.5 (or 3.7!) V6 to the slight turbo lag in a DI I4?

      The answer: Most of the Mustang V6 buyers just buy it for looks, not performance, so they won't notice any power deficit from a turbo I4.

      So I like P.V.'s lineup. A base turbo I4 might go for the same or less than the base V6 now, turbo V6 would be about the same (perhaps a bit more) than the current V8, and the high-hp V8 would be about the same as Camaro/Challenger V8. Muchos better. And solid rear-axle for....whatever reason!
        • 6 Years Ago
        I bet the turbo 4 will never go in the mustang. they learned there mistake the last time with that. I bet it will be NA V6, Turbo V6, 5.0L then shelby 5.0 supercharged.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I seriously doubt that a base mustang would offer 280hp, especially from a 4 cyl. It would probably have noticeable lag. 250ish hp is more likely, and very good for a 3300lb car, especially for those who don't care about performance. Hell, it would be faster than the 4.0 V6 that we have now (and my GF does).
        • 6 Years Ago
        First of all, the base 'Stang weighs in at under 3300lbs, not 3600. And that is with a large iron block v6 motor. Expect the 2.0L I4 EB to come in about 100lbs lighter, or more. So, I'm guessing a 280ish hp EB motor in a 3150ish lb car would more than acceptable. Given that the 2.0L EB could come out at 300hp, that would put the base Mustang on par with the current 1 series coupe which is smaller, but would weigh the same.

        Sounds good to me.


      • 6 Years Ago
      That still a painfully large motor compared to the old OHV Windsor motors and the GM LSx.

      If it manages even 350+ horsepower, I will be impressed. Doesn't sound easy to get 400 hp out of 5 liters though - even Infiniti's 5.0 pumps out less than 400, and they usually manage ridiculous HP/L for naturally aspirated motors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        will see how this turns out. for my money I still like the 370Z better but that is really apples and oranges. Hope it actually does get 400hp but Im not holding my breath for that one. Then again the M3 gets over 400 from a 4.0l but this is no bmw.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Uh, yeah, hey already have a 5.0L 400 HP engine that was developed 5 years ago: http://www.fordracingparts.com/parts/part_details.asp?PartKeyField=8022

        So for those of you who question why these companies go racing, this is your answer. I'm sure the cam profiles are changed a bit and the intake is obviously different, it won't have a road race oil pan but with 5 years of dev time, I am sure they figured how to get 400 hp out of a street version.
        • 6 Years Ago
        375hp, 350ft-lbs would be perfect for the Mustang. (even better with 87AKI gasoline)
        350hp would be just right for the F-150, maybe that would spur GM to add VCT to their 5.3 V8.
        I can understand cost cutting for the fixed runner length metal intake manifold, vs a dual length.

        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure that Ford is capable of making a 400hp/400lbft 5.0, BUT a tuned saleen motor with upgraded parts isn't the best proof...

        The questions is whether or not Ford can do it WHILE offering good fuel economy, emissions, AND affordability. Face it, a 400hp Mustang that costs 40 grand and requires 93-octane isn't the best idea for today's marketplace.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's true. Infiniti's 5.0 puts out 390hp, and that's with all sorts of tech and super refined valve timing. I'm not saying that Ford cannot build a competitive engine, but the Infiniti 5.0 goes into very expensive cars, and I don't think that a 400hp n/a Ford engine will be a very good bargain.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fantastic!
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