Speaking to the press at the unveiling of the 50th anniversary edition model in New York today, Mr Ford said he’s always looking forward to putting new technology in vehicles and responded with a certain “sure” when asked if a supercharged V8 Mustang would be on the cards.
“Sure. Anytime we can put more technology into the Mustang is great.” Ford said.
Nonetheless, he emphasised that the Mustang, though still a sports car, has moved on and is available with a variety of options including a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
“I think one of the other things we’ve done which is interesting, [is] it’s not just a pure V8 horsepower play. We’ve put the EcoBoost four cylinder into the Mustang at over 300 hp and that gets great gas mileage and thats something we’ve been trying to do for all of our product lineup, even products like the F150 and Mustang which are identified with torque and horsepower. We want to make them as economical from a fuel economy stand point as well.”
He went on to emphasis that the new Mustang will be a world car, with the model expected to go on sale around the world by the end of next year.
“We can now offer the Mustang to all markets around the world, we can’t wait to bring it to Europe and Asia (Pacific) next year”.
Ford Australia is expected to bring the new Mustang to our market in late 2015 with a choice of four-cylinder turbo or old-school V8 engine power.
The 2.3-litre turbo will produce 227kW at 5500rpm and 407Nm between 2500 and 4500rpm, according to the US specs. Meanwhile the Ford Mustang GT will be powered by the same 5.0-litre V8 engine in the previous Mustang with power and torque set to top 313kW and 529Nm.
The muscle-car should help offset the demise of the locally produced Ford Falcon and its FPV equivalent.
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