Following our first glimpse at the 2015 Ford Mustang out on the road, the fine folks at Road and Track have divulged some details on what the Blue Oval's next pony might have in store. We've already seen that the car will get some very sleek, Evos-inspired design cues, and an independent rear suspension is indeed in store. These new details, however, concern the muscle car's beating heart.

For starters, the base Ford coupe is expected to carry on with V6 power, likely from the same 3.7-liter unit found in today's car. From there, R&T says the next step up will be a four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, likely displacing 2.3 liters, putting out as much as 350 horsepower. Of course, a Mustang wouldn't be a Mustang without V8 thrust, and R&T states that the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 will continue on into the 2015 car, making something like 450 horsepower.

But it's at the high end of the Mustang range where things will, reportedly, get very, very interesting. Road & Track claims that the top-shelf 'Stang will likely lose the supercharger from its engine, producing a metric crap-ton of naturally aspirated grunt instead. Additionally, the SVT-fettled Mustang will likely be dropping its Shelby moniker, in favor of "a name you're familiar with," according to the magazine (you know, like, Cobra).

Look for the camouflage to come off before the end of this year.


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      atvman
      • 1 Year Ago
      I seriously doubt Ford is dropping forced induction, the 03/04 Cobras and 2007+ GT500s were too popular and too profitable for Ford to change their mantra. The top dog Mustang (and Camaro) need to have monster motors. At the same time, the Boss 302 was successful enough for Ford to consider another similar model in the line. I think we'll see more than one car above the GT. Asong as they're differentiated and legitimately good, then the more the merrier.
        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atvman
        We'll see, but wouldn't assume that Ford is still in love with supercharging. Let's face it - adding a blower adds a lot of complexity and weight, all where the car doesn't need it. If SVT puts a focus on improving weight distribution as part of a weight reduction program, you can bet that would be high on the list of things to chuck out the window...
      • 1 Year Ago
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      lagasca142
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the Shelby models but it would Coo to bring back the SVT Cobra seeing how those where the IRS Ponies from the beginning ,which is the real difference between the GT500 and the Cobra
      AddLightness
      • 1 Year Ago
      I heard it was going to be called the Shelby SVT King Cobra SVO Boss GT500 Roush 302 Special Bullitt Mach 1 Edition with a honkin' V6. Lol honestly I don't care what it's called or what engine it has as long as it kicks ass :)
      Turbo_S60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not to be full of self, but.....CALLED IT! I think the next SVT cobra will be powered by a 5.8 version of the Coyote V8. Getting away from a supercharged motor will take a bunch of weight off the nose.
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Turbo_S60
        The Coyote cannot be made any bigger. The modular engines have a small bore spacing that was dictated back in the early 90's when they thought they were going to use the engines in transverse FWD applications, so you can only go so big on the bore before there isn't enough material between cylinders. They had to work their asses off with all kinds of fancy new bore sleeve technology to get up to 5 liters, and they've always had a long stroke. So that block simply will not support 5.8 liters.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like whoever now owns the rights to the Shelby name has increased the price for the use of it, but that's ok. It's not like there's a shortage of historical 'stang monikers. Something like the naming scheme outlined below would be awesome: Cobra: top o' the line/supercar Mach 1: Cobra-lite, detuned Cobra or up-tuned GT with other Cobra bits Bullitt: Boss with creature comforts/less-harsh tuning Boss: lightweight, elemental track car with hi-po Coyote GT: Coyote SVO: Ecoboost 2.3L Secretariat: base V6 ;)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SquareFour
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        @SquareFour
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      montegod7ss
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ohhhhhh yes, no more Shelby! I've been calling that for years now, and figured it was a done deal now that the old ruin is dead. Why pay an estate for a name when you can either just profit the extra money or lower the MSRP?
      MikeSVT
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds great, I feel like the Shelby cars have gone too far towards "more more more" without balancing the entire package. While the BOSS 302 was closer to being what the original cobras were, it only offered modest power gains and very similar suspension. If SVT can make this a true bang for buck performance machine with IRS and without the Shelby markup, I'll buy one.
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        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        Let's not forget that Ford is as aware as we are that the next generation Camaro is moving to the Alpha platform and going through weight loss surgery. The current weight advantage is not a given in the future, and the future isn't that far off. If they're smart, they're aiming for the moving target, not the current competition.
          Slizzo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          @ Edward351 - ATS is around 3400-3600LBS, Camaro can come in that weight target and still be over the weights of a Corvette.
          jtav2002
          • 1 Year Ago
          @EXP Jawa
          I think think there's plenty of room between the Vette and Camaro where the Camaro could shed significant weight and still not infringe upon the Vette.
      mumbojumbo
      • 1 Year Ago
      One thing I noticed is some pretty huge front rotors and massive 4 piston calipers. No Brembo logos to be found. This looks like a GT model. The rear view mirrors are definitely pushed out away from the car further than the current ones. Overall it seems VERY similar in shape to the current Mustang. Most people were afraid it was going to be like the Hyundai Genesis but it seems they are retaining the basic Mustang shape after all. Whew!
      NoBoost
      • 1 Year Ago
      I haven't heard of any new engines in development, so the only thing that I can think of that can produce 600 - 800 hp would be the 6.2L upped to 6.4L - 7.0L. Ford built a one off 7.0L for Roush racing that made 700 HP. Would be interesting to see them go back to a SOHC 16 valve engine...
        domingorobusto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NoBoost
        I truly doubt they'll use the 6.2. It's a HUGE engine physically, as it was only ever intended to be a truck engine, where they could add durability to a bunch of parts by making everything bigger and space isn't an issue in a full size truck. It'd be a real struggle to get it to fit in the current Mustang's engine bay, and with them going smaller I just can't see this happening.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NoBoost
        Does Ford personally notify you of all engines they have in development?
        DC Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NoBoost
        Plenty of Mustangs are in that power range, look online. My 2012 GT is tuned with a Roush blower and it's making 620hp at the wheel. My setup is pretty common and was provided by VMP Tuning in FL, and companies like Brenspeed and Evolution Tuning offer something similar. All can be hadfor around $6k. The Coyote engine is VERY blower friendly, high revving, and reliable with only a few mods. A few guys have surpassed 800rwhp with forged internals on their 5.0s. Look up guys like Beefcake and Slagburn on Mustang forums and many others have copied their setups. SVTs are not going N/A.
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        @NoBoost
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        EXP Jawa
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NoBoost
        I think that everyone is assuming that a naturally aspirated SVT engine will match or exceed the current 5.8L blown motor in terms of output. I don't think that's a safe assumption. If SVT targets a lighter car, as someone mentioned earlier, they wouldn't need as much HP to meet the same performance. Between that and changes to either transmission or rear end gearing (and wider tires), they probably can pretty easily put down more torque to ground with a smaller, lower output engine. I also don't think its safe to assume that they'll keep the current car's 200 mph top end. Take that out of the equation and the gearing change seems logical.
      Paul P.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they are going naturally aspirated, then we know two things for a fact. First, even with a lighter car they're still going to need an engine that can produce at least 550-650hp. Second, it's going to have to be a V8. That basically leaves Ford with two options. Either a tall deck version of the 5.0L, which we know can be stretched to 5.8L. Or, an aluminum version of the Boss engine architecture (6.2L-7.0L). Unless they introduce a completely new engine architecture those are their only two options. While the 5.8L would be an easy fit, I really think they'll try to shoehorn a version of the 6.2L in there. Ford has said it doesn't fit as is, but I really think they could make it fit. The new mustang has a visibly wider track based on spy shots, which could take care of engine width problems. Then, with an aluminum block, they can get the weight down under 500lbs. Finally, with a dry sump they can get the overall engine height down. That would easily give them a 600+hp capable naturally aspirated engine that weighs less than the supercharged 5.8L in the current car.
        oRenj9
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul P.
        I think you're probably right. Could you imagine how hilarious the four-pot would look under the hood of a vehicle that can accommodate Fords 6.2L?
          Paul
          • 1 Year Ago
          @oRenj9
          It will be just like the early 70's again. Those little I6's always looked kind of funny in an engine compartment that could also fit something as big as a 429 Cobra Jet. They did have their upside though, it was nice to be able to stand in the engine compartment to adjust the valves.
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