Carmakers file paperwork with the Nationwide Freeway Transportation Administration yearly that parse VINs for coming fashions. Hagerty found a VIN decoder doc for the Ford Mustang suggesting a extra highly effective engine on the way in which for the 2020 pony automotive. There are two 2.Three-liter four-cylinder engines listed among the many six whole powerplants. The Internet Brake H.P. column reveals considered one of them will produce 310 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque on premium gasoline. That is the present base engine. The opposite reveals TBD in the identical column.
Based on Bozi Tatarevic, who wrote the Hagerty piece, “sources at Ford say we’re a brand new, higher-powered model of the turbocharged engine.” Water cooler prognostication says Ford desires a greater competitor for the Chevrolet Camaro 1LE, the Bowtie pony automotive getting 335 hp and 284 pound-feet of torque from a V6. Ford’s four-cylinder trounces Chevy’s four-cylinder, whereas the Chevy six-cylinder is 25 hp forward however 66 lb-ft behind the Ford 4, and the bottom V6 Camaro prices $1,105 greater than the bottom Mustang.
However, there is a evident hole in value and energy between Mustang trims. Ford dropped the 335-hp Cyclone V6 for the 2018 mannequin yr, leaving an $eight,960 unfold between the 310-hp four-cylinder and 460-hp Coyote V8. Ford Efficiency sells an $867 Efficiency Calibration Package for the two.Three-liter that provides 25 hp and 70 lb-ft, nevertheless it’s apparently just for the 2015-2017 mannequin years. The EcoBoost Efficiency Package deal presently accessible on the Mustang configurator would not improve efficiency. In the meantime, the two.Three-liter EcoBoost within the Focus RS, which shares quite a few elements with the Ford unit, makes a sq. 350 hp and 350 lb-ft.
Or… what if the brand new EcoBoost output is for the Mustang hybrid? Earlier than Raj Nair moved to Multimatic, which builds the Ford GT, he was Ford’s chief technical officer. In that function, he stated in 2017 that the hybrid ‘Stang would use an “EcoBoost-type engine,” and have V8-beating torque “accessible with the electrical motors.” Motors. Plural.
The VIN decoder sheet fills in two V8 outputs and lists two as TBD. A recognized amount is the 5.2-liter Voodoo V8 within the Shelby GT 350, rated at 526 hp. A 5.2-liter V8 listed as TBD we’ll assume is the supercharged Predator V8 within the Shelby GT500. There is a 5.Zero-liter 4V V8 listed as 435 hp. That could possibly be a typo; the Coyote made 435 hp till the 2018 mannequin yr, when it bought bumped to 460 hp, and such errors are stated to be “comparatively frequent.” The remaining 5.Zero-liter V8 could possibly be for the Bullitt, which presently makes 480 hp.
Take a look at the Hagerty piece to see the VIN doc. When requested concerning the paperwork, Ford would solely formally say it “is all the time elevating Mustang and can share extra thrilling information this spring.”