• Mar 25, 2010
2011 Ford Mustang V6 burnout – Click above to enlarge

We just wrote about the report that General Motors is developing a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 to challenge Ford's 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6, and that the GM version might – just maybe, possibly, perhaps – go into the Camaro. Ford, on the other hand, apparently has no immediate plans to put its powerful and frugal turbo V6 into its pony car, the Mustang.

The 3.7-liter V6 currently in the Mustang makes do with Ti-VCT technology, or twin independent variable camshaft timing, delivering 305 horsepower and 30-plus miles per gallon with a six-speed auto tranny. Ford hasn't forsaken a turbocharged V6, though – The Blue Oval is simply leaving it to tuners to do, and encouraging them in the process. And with that kind of leg up, our guess is that those aftermarket efforts will probably be seen in three, two...

In the meantime, Ford is working on an EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that Mustang purists can thank the Madonna of Lourdes will not be appearing in the engine bay of said coupes any time soon. Cooler heads realized that when you can do burnouts like the one above and get good mpg, we don't need no stinkin' four-cylinders.

[Source: Motor Authority]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      FI I4 > NA V6
        • 4 Years Ago
        As one who has both...

        Not necessarily.

        For fun, maybe.

        For reliability, lack of complexity, and maintenance costs... Not really.

        Turbos are wonderful devices, but they are sensitive devices, they can cause trouble if they fail.

        For a daily driver to be reliable for 100K+ miles, NA 6-cylinder wins. Cost of ownership is lower, and it is possible that it drinks less expensive fuel.

        For weekend sportster, Turbo 4 may have a shot at being more fun... but a 305hp V6 is getting a bit harder for a Turbo 4 to beat, and a 400hp NA V8 is more powerful, and less complex to maintain, but heavier and bigger.

        It is all a trade-off... it depends what you are trying to use it for.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An EcoBoost V6 in the Mustang would essentially be the SVO all over again, at least in where it matters - in sales. It would be high tech and all that, but not really more powerful than the 5.0L. And I don't see how it could cost less, either, so like with the SVO, most buyers would choose the V8 instead. I suppose it could be the basis for a new SVO special edition, but I don't really see that happening.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is win!
        • 4 Years Ago
        And when they do, I really, REALLY hope they call it "Twin-Turbocharged awesome 3.5/3.7L," not ECOboost.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can see a full Mustang lineup being a success

      Mustang - Turbo 4 w/ 240 HP @ $17k
      Mustang - 3.7L w/ 300+ HP @ $22k
      Mustang GT - 5.0L w/ 412 HP @ $28k
      Mustang GT500 - 5.4L w/540+ HP

      That's a really diverse lineup that can be VERY successful. Talk about a Mustang for everyone from teenagers to baby boomers. I like the dea
        • 4 Years Ago
        They can barely sell you a Focus for 17K. A turbo Stang? Forget it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fixed your list.

        Mustang - Turbo 4 w/ 240 HP @ $17k
        Mustang - 3.7L w/ 300+ HP @ $22k
        ...Mustang GT350 - Ecoboost 3.5L V6 w/350HP @ 26k
        Mustang GT - 5.0L w/ 412 HP @ $28k
        Mustang GT500 - 5.4L w/540+ HP
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cooler heads or 16 year old males? Reducing the weight on the front end and not giving up any HP could be a real boost (pun intended) for the Stang. It is a pig in weight for a car it size, dropping a couple of hundred pounds would be a great thing. Improved handling would be a freebe. Of course, handling for most Stang owners is how much of their parents tire budget they can leave on the pavement.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First f all, Mustang is a relatively big car for a 2-door if you compare it to European coupes and the weight (3500 lbs) is NOT that heavy considering all the crash test and safety rqmts... If you want lighter wieght you'll price it out of reach using expensive light wt materials.... You can't have it both ways... stop ur bitching!

        As for an I4 2.0 EcoBoost making 250hp in a coupe... Ford WILL be delivering the 2-door Focus as the all new Capri in a sleek fastback style, positioned below the Mustang.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait a cotton pickin minute here. I happen to take slight offense to this article, as I happen to have an 85 Mustang SVO in my garage. I would be the first to line up and buy a new SVO, but I completely agree that the majority of people wouldn't want it. The more cylinders people can afford the happier they seem to be. I can't imagine many people choosing a 240 hp 4 cyl when for the same price they could buy a 305hp V-6 with about the same mpg. I have always liked the lightness that 4 cyl's bring to the table so that's my logic...that said, man that new GT looks pretty damn tempting. I have never owned a V-8 car, but I might finally indulge myself for my mid-life crisis purchase.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rats, I was hoping to see the 3.5L EB in the Mustang's chassis. In RWD form, it should be good for 400hp/400lb-ft. SHO's and MKS's have run as well as 13.6 in the 1/4mi, I'd love to see what a more powerful version can do in a 700+lb lighter Mustang chassis.
      • 4 Years Ago
      People have lost their perspective. Today's base V-6 has more horsepower than the real Shelby 350 Mustangs of yesteryear and the V-8 has more than the 350R. A fifth generation Mustang with a 200 hp four cylinder engine would not denigrate all that is holy, in fact such a combination would have more horsepower to weight than six cylinder engines of all of the previous generations. I didn't mention the SVO turbo 4 cylinder that was the enthusiast's choice at the time of production. Uh oh, I think I did.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My guess is that they have already tested a 4-cylinder EcoBoost powerplant in the Mustang, and have may already have it "ready to roll" should demand become evident.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Read: when gas hits $6 by 2015.

        The largest deficits in American history are going to catch up with us.
      • 4 Years Ago
      bwahahahahahaha
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ugh. This comment just looks stupid now. It was a reply to a spam comment that has been deleted...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It be interesting to see what an Ecoboost v4 could do in a Mustang EPA wise. Im guessing it be in the low 200s for HP, but it'd have to be in the high 30s for MPG. Ford should consider it for bragging rights alone
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