We’ve been talking about the new 2015 Ford Mustang for a while, and although we knew what it looked like and all about the awesome features, the official numbers were just released last week. That’s right, The Ford Motor Company announced official engine configurations, EPA fuel efficiency ratings, engine enhancements, transmission upgrades and horsepower. To truly understand the new improvements we’ll look at the different engine configurations the 2015 Mustang has to offer.
2015 Mustang Joins EcoBoost Family
The 2015 Ford Mustang is introducing the new 2.3 EcoBoost engine, a four cylinder beast that produces 310 horsepower and 320 lb. of torque. Ford engineers went incredible lengths to pack this much power in such a small package, as this new EcoBoost has the highest power density to date in any Ford. So what can we expect from a muscle car with a four cylinder engine? Let’s just say it blows its V6 sibling out of the water, with better numbers all around including fuel efficiency. Some may even think Ford is trying to kill the V6 version altogether, since an upgrade to the EcoBoost is a mere $1,570, or a difference of $32 per month over four years. So what are critics saying?
Ever since Ford announced there would be a four-cylinder Mustang, car writers around the world remained doubtful that such a vehicle could do any good to the nameplate. Let’s face it, muscle cars have always been about big engines, fast laps, and pleasantly loud exhausts. After proving it could build a smaller yet more capable engine, Ford’s final concern was to bring an exciting sound to the engine, so it fine tuned it to match that of bigger cars. So fear not, Mustang fans, your EcoBoost pony car will still have a gutsy exhaust sound.
Now that we’ve covered your concerns over flashy engine features like, you know, the way it sounds and how much power it produces, let’s get a bit more technical. What makes the 2015 EcoBoost Mustang engine so great? It’s all about the new materials and of course, the new turbo-charger. Here are the new engine enhancements:
- Steel piston ring carriers
- Premium bearings
- Updated valves
- Forged-steel connecting rods
- High-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder blocks
- Deep-sump, die-cast aluminum oil pan
- Forged-steel crankshaft
- Piston-cooling jets
Mustang GT: New V8 Performance
Over the years, the Mustang team has experimented with exclusive street-racing models, like the legendary Shelby 500 and the Boss 302. Although these vehicles are equipped with performance upgrades that would be too costly for regular production cars, Ford has learned plenty from these efforts. The all-new 2015 Mustang GT sports a 5.0 liter V8 engine, and borrows the best technology from the 2012 Mustang Boss 302. To achieve its impressive 435 horsepower and 400 lb. of torque, the Mustang GT’s engine was redesigned to allow more air into the cylinders and intake. The revised engine takes advantage of the following features:
- New valve system that allows them to close completely at high rpm
- A redesigned combustion chamber that fits larger valves for less restriction in air flow
- Lighter and more durable connecting rods
- All-new deeper piston tops
- Bigger intake and exhaust valves
- Revised intake and exhaust camshafts
The 2015 Mustang GT gets all these upgrades plus a redesigned state of the art transmission. Whether you choose manual or automatic, you will experience better and smoother shifting than in any previous model. The manual gear-box gets improved precision thanks to its new linkage system and the shift lever’s new location closer to the driver. The new Mustang’s automatic transmission, available in both EcoBoost and GT, gains new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles to enhance the driving experience.
Ford is also producing a relatively updated version of the V6 engine, which generates 300 horsepower and is available on the 2015 Mustang base model. Although it is still a great car, Ford is betting the new Mustang strategy on the EcoBoost and GT engines. Contact your local Ford dealership to learn more about preorders and availability.
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