The Ford Mustang is a sports-car sales leader, but to continue selling as many as Ford hopes to, it's going to have to fend off the Challenger and the Camaro with new engine options.
According to vehicle identification number documents discovered by Hagerty
, Ford could be bringing a third engine option to the Mustang's lineup.
The document shows two 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinders planned, one with the standard horsepower rating and another one that reads ‘TBD' (to be determined).
The standard four-cylinder in the Mustang is a 2.3-litre Ecoboost that churns out a healthy 310 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, which can be connected to either a 10-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. Unfortunately, that isn't enough to shake off Camaro's V6, and the only other option is a 435-horsepower V8, leaving a big gap in between the two.
The Chevrolet Camaro's current lineup includes a 275-horsepower 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, a 335-horsepower 3.6-litre V6, and a 455 horsepower 6.2-litre V8. To beat the Camaro's 3.6-litre V6, Ford's hi-po four-cylinder would need to make over 335 horsepower.
Sometimes the horsepower wars aren't always for the highest horsepower, and there are plenty of buyers who want economy when it matters, but still want to be able to have a little fun when they step on the gas.
The four-cylinder option also makes the Mustang lighter than its competitors, helping with handling.