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Forced induction may be making its way back into the Ford Mustang bloodstream very soon. A gaggle of fresh spy shots have cropped up on the interwebs showing a FoMoCo mule with a few interesting attributes, including a new fascia that may or may not be scooting air to an intercooler, and a hefty 9,000 rpm has been spotted on the tachometer. Even more telling is the huge PREMIUM ONLY sticker slapped across the dash. Now, the last time we checked, the meaty 5.0-liter V8 in the 2011 Mustang GT didn't spin to those lofty heights, and while it makes maximum power on premium fuel, it can just as happily chug along on regular 87 octane swill.
So what gives here? It's entirely possible that Ford has plopped a massaged version of its twin-turbocharged, direct-injection EcoBoost V6 under the hood. In fact, Ford officials have said that they plan to offer EcoBoost technology in just about everything.

If that's what this is, it would seem to account for the higher octane fuel requirement and the bodywork up front, but what about that redline? As it sits, the Ecoboost sixer is happier at around 6,000 rpm, so either Ford has been putting some serious time into helping that engine spin much faster, there's something that we haven't seen yet lurking under the hood, or it could be that engineers may have simply let out the redline just for durability testing purposes. Head over to Inside Line for a better look at what could be a latter-day SVO.

[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, I find 9k rpm in a production model hard to believe as well.
      rbald96273
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps they took the 5.0 and gave it some real racing parts, like roller cams, a high lift, and bumped the compression up to 10.5-11.25. That type of modding would require high octane fuel if it is not computer controlled cam/lift durations, etc. to compensate for different fuel types; in other words, old school, even if its still FI and some electronics to better control what it could do...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe is a mule for.next gt500 with with Turbo or supercharged 5.0
      • 4 Years Ago
      The coyote v8 was set up from the factory with direct injection and turbo charging in mind, just saying,not that I know anything about this car but you know just saying the next gt500 replacement is right around the corner
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heres an idea Ford, strech the stange 8" add two rear hinged doors and call it a T Bird.
      • 4 Years Ago
      As has been said, this is nothing more than a 2012 BOSS 302 doing some final honing. The gauges are identical, the BOSS has already been shown with an aux. gauge pack (albeit on the dash rather than the A-pillar), and the front splitter is from the BOSS as well (funneling air into an intercooler? Really..?).

      Sensationalism is fun!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why does everyone keep talking about a 9000 rpm redline? No one suggested it redlined there. What vehicle do you know out there whose redline is at the highest rpm the tach can show?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh, personally I'm holding out for the Ecoboost Fiesta.

      OK, I do have to admit that a reborn SVO would be great. And the biplane spoiler is a must. An Ecoboost 5.0 would be simply amazing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wankel Mustang!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope its Twin Turbo 3.5, but that wouldn't be smart for Ford. It would kill the 5.0

      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm guessing the next GT..a twin turbo V8 DI off the current 5.0 engine.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, sad day for muscle ricers.
      They riced muscle cars are about to be ECO.
      Great competition for 20yo Civic 1.6L
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