It's that time of year again, kids. There are no auto shows on the horizon and most automakers have squirreled away all of their big announcements for later in the year in anticipation of the summer vacation season. What's an enterprising auto journo to do but rustle up some tasty vintage rumors for the web to feast upon? The crew at Motor Authority has taken to citing unnamed sources as saying that a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is slated to find its way into the engine bay of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

This, of course, recalls the much-celebrated (but slow-selling) Mustang SVO of the '80s. It, too, rocked a 2.3-liter forced-induction engine, which makes this particular rumor sound so sweet it makes sugar taste just like salt. MA doesn't stop with the four-pot, though. The article goes on to say that an EcoBoost V6 will also show up in the pony car around the same time, and that the 5.0-liter V8 currently tucked behind the coupe's grill will also stay along for the ride.

We hate to be the Debbie Downers of the interwebs, but we don't necessarily see a turbo four sliding into the Mustang lineup anytime soon. For starters, Ford wouldn't need to bore out the block to 2.3 liters to make solid power. The EcoBoost 2.0 already spits out 247 horsepower in the Focus ST – more than enough for a bottom-rung model.

Aside from that little tidbit, MA maintains that the rumored small 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 will power the also oft-rumored next-gen Ford Ranger successor in the States, a model we believe to be deader than the current news cycle.


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      dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ummm, the SVO was the top-rung model. It was both faster and more expensive than the GT, and included options that weren't available on the GT.
        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave
        Yes, it was very fast and it handled the Mulholland playground quite well. But unfortunately, that price and the backwards manta "it aint got no v8" is what did it in. It's the only Mustang from that time period that I would ever consider adding to my collection.
        Tippy Dobbs
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dave
        Keep in mind that the V8 in the '83-'86 Mustang GT only made 175bhp at the most, so it's not surprising that the turbocharged SVO produced just as much power.
      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would make sense if the new 2014 Mustang were the size of the Toyota/Scion/Subaru FR-86/FR-S...
      Tom
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm convinced that a huge portion of these so-called insider tips or stories from "unnamed sources" are pure fabrications to drive web traffic or otherwise claim exclusive content.
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Well, they basically admitted that much in the story. Slow news cycle, outside of auto show season so major introductions slow to a trickle, but you've gotta print something. So make stuff up you would kinda like to see.
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom
        Ain't it the truth!
        EXP Jawa
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tom
        So, you mean that if I claimed to have seen Ford documentation that confirmed the 2.3L GTDI for 2015, you wouldn't believe me? I'm hurt... I wouldn't blame you, I expect you're right. Most of those stories are codswallop. But once in a while some have a thread of truth, or at least have a basis in truth...
          Tom Cottage
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine is already in Ford Racing's 345 hp Fiesta!!! http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsArticle/AllCars/253276/
      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would like to see turbo Mustangs with AWD in the Lincoln stable. Now those would be worthy of the Zephyr name.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Making11s
        I would be all for that. Right now, Lincolns are about as forgettable as the current Chevy Impala. Bring back the "hot-rod-Lincoln".
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this does happen, I hope they resurrect the SVO badge. While it might not have been a big selling model back in the day, those people that were "in the know", knew it was a very powerful car. With so many Mustang sales going to those that simply want a fun car and not really care about ultimate speed, I could see a turbo-4 giving these people exact what they want. ALSO, I could see this engine being the lowest Mustang engine, but the top engine in any future performance Focus models.
        Tom Cottage
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        I would seriously love to see performance Focus cars with these 2.0 or 2.3 EcoBoosts and advanced electronic AWD systems for great traction.
      Ace Convoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool if it get's 40 MPG and goes to 0-60 in 4-5 seconds I'm in.
      Leather Bear
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's all about CAFE, folks! An EcoBoost DI 2.3 base model would likely post much better results in the EPA cycles (where the turbo wouldn't come into play a great deal). HP should be enough to satisfy the typical base Mustang customer. And don't be surprised if the price of the V6 and V8 options rise at the same time to keep demand up for the 4-cyl version.
      enorym
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good, now I have enough time to save up money. By that time my current mustang will have 238857Miles "moon shot" current miles 117,000 with a vortech strapped to it since 70,000. Just in time for my trip back to earth.
      Jesus follower!
      • 3 Years Ago
      At this point in time, a 4 cylinder makes sense. I sure hope they just make the Mustang look right this time around and ditch the tacky unpainted plastic everywhere.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jesus follower!
        A 4 cylinder makes sense as long as it is an entry level model, like the current V6. The problem with the SVO was its price-tag and its identity. What was it? Was it a sports car, or a muscle/pony car? It could not seem to make up its mind. The styling left something to be desired as well. I think such a model would run into similar issues today. People looking for such specs generally favor sport compacts and sports cars. In many ways, a new SVO would be at even more of a disadvantage than 86' was, given the market and how the Mustang itself has evolved.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I heard the 2015 mustang is going FWD based on the Fiesta chassis. Autoblog should do a story about that rumor.
      David L
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just will stick with 5.0... No point for a turbo 4 mustang.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't expect to see this happen. Not that it isn't powerful enough, but that the V6 already covers the bottom end pretty well. Trying to sell a lower-end model that costs more than the V6 at a marginal increase in mpg is going to be a tough sell. Ford has so far avoided trying to put their highest tech (and cost) motors in the bottom end of a car model range (including the absentee Ecoboost Expolorer). I don't see any reason to see that changing right now.
        onewayroll
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rotation
        The Turbo 4 would not cost more than the V-6, it would be the base engine.
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @onewayroll
          The engine would cost more to make than the V6. Yet, the model would be expected to sell for a lower price (as you point out). Now you see the problem and why Ford has avoided this situation so far.
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