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Tomorrow’s Mustang Will Likely Adopt Radical New Powertrain Options

Downsized engines, e-turbos, hybrids and other options all under study.

by on Sep.18, 2014

The 2015 Ford Mustang now gets an EcoBoost engine option that balances performance and mileage.

When Ford Motor Co. unveiled its 50th anniversary Mustang late last year, it delivered a shock to the market by adding a new turbocharged 4-cylinder engine to its powertrain line-up alongside the pony car’s classic V-8 and V-6 packages.

The EcoBoost engine is expected to have significant appeal to fuel economy-minded buyers, especially those overseas, where Ford will aggressively market the Mustang for the first time. The inline-four also will help Ford prepare to meet increasingly stringent mileage and emissions standards in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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But it is likely to be just a first step in what could become a radical transformation in the powertrain options Mustang buyers will be offered in the not-too-distant future. Various Ford officials tell that the range of alternatives that could be required to keep the pony car in the fleet range from even higher-tech turbo and supercharged engines to gas-electric hybrids that can deliver both improved mileage and serious performance simultaneously.


Mavens Wanting the First Mustang Will Write a Big Check

Ford auctioning off 2015 ‘Stang GT at Barrett-Jackson for charity.

by on Dec.20, 2013

Ford is raising money for charity by auctioning off the first Mustang GT on Jan. 18.

Ford Mustang aficionados should be circling Jan. 18 on their calendars as that’s when the first 2015 Mustang GT will be sold – by the Barrett Jackson auction house with the proceeds going to JDRF, formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The car, which will be Lot 3010, being auctioned at the Scottsdale, Ariz. Event, will feature a 5.0-liter V8 producing 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The winning bidder will get to outfit the latest pony car with a variety of options, including a choice between a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual, and any interior or exterior color combo.

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“Ford Mustangs have always been among the most popular collector cars at Barrett-Jackson Collector Car events,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “While every collector wishes they had snapped up the first Mustang sold in 1964, this is an opportunity to realize that dream in a different way.” (more…)

Dodge Brings Back 392 Hemi in Challenger SRT8

New engine adds 65 horsepower, 90 ft.-lb. of torque

by on Nov.04, 2010

For 2011, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a bigger, more power engine, revised interior and exterior styling and an upgraded suspension.

The news coming out of Chrysler HQ in Auburn Hills is almost relentless these days. There are new engines, completely new SUVs and crossovers and revamped sedans.

Add to the mix a new Dodge Challenger SRT8 with a huge power infusion.

While Dodge has already announced that the base 250-horsepower V-6 will be replaced by a 305-horsepower version of the new Pentastar V-6, it hadn’t said anything about the Challenger’s other engines. Dodge still hasn’t announced numbers for the R/T, but it is expected to maintain its 5.7-liter Hemi, but it will likely make slightly more power.

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Just as Ford has done by bringing back the hallowed 5.0, the Challenger is bringing back a reverred name of its own. The new SRT8 now adds the numbers 392 to its name, as in 392 cubic inches.

Now 6.4 liters, the top dog in the Challenger lineup is rated at 470 horsepower, 65 more than before. Torque rises to 470 as well, 90 more than before, compared to the old 6.1-liter Hemi.

Ford Surprises Enthusiasts at Monterey With 440-Horsepower Mustang Street Racer

Here's the details on Ford's new hot rod.

by on Aug.17, 2010

The 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 will be available in a limited number of color combinations including Kona Blue Metallic.

Hot on the heels of the new Mustang GT comes the 2012 version of the Mustang Boss 302, carrying on a Ford tradition that started in 1969 with the introduction of the original Boss 302 (302 is the number of cubic inches in the Boss 302’s 5.0-liter V-8 engine).  The new one will pack 440 horsepower and 380 foot-pounds of torque, and a whole host of improvements to its body, chassis, suspension, wheels and tires.

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The original Boss 302 was homologated for the Sports Car Club of America’s Trans American Championship Series, or Trans Am, when Mustang, Cougar, Camaro, Firebird, AMC Javelin, Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda all raced against each other for supremacy in the ponycar segment of the market.


First Look: 2011 Ford Shelby GT500

Track performance from a street fighter.

by on Feb.08, 2010

The 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 features a stiffer body and plenty more horsepower.

It may be a brand icon, but it’s easy to dismiss the Ford Mustang as the sort of muscle car your neighbor kid is likely to drive when he can’t afford a serious piece of performance machinery.

Anyone who makes that mistake is likely to be left idling when the stoplight turns green if the kid in the next lane is driving the Ford Shelby GT500.  The 2010 edition was the fastest street-legal Mustang spin-off ever, but the man in the black hat is back in town, and working with Carroll Shelby, Ford has come up with an all-new version of the snake charmer that is expected to do an even better job smoking tires.

The 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 features a new 5.4-liter all-aluminum V-8 that is “heavily derived” from the Mustang GT’s new five-oh V-8.  And, it turns out, the automaker really means it when it says, “all-aluminum.”  Gone are the traditional iron cylinder liners.  In their place, the maker has used a novel technique to bathe the cylinder walls with a plasma-coated liner that significantly reduces friction, improves cooling, and should boost durability.

Other powertrain changes for 2010 include a larger intercooler, which improves efficiency by 40%, and a revised supercharger.


The new powertrain in the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 is a full 102 pounds lighter than the engine in the ’10.  It also makes about 10 more ponies, boosting the figure to a full 500 horsepower.  Torque stays put at 510 pound-feet, but it comes on sooner, 80% by 1750 RPMs, and holds almost all the way up to redline.  Power is delivered to the tires through a 6-speed short-throw manual gearbox, a holdover from the 2010 GT500.


Ford Brings Back the Boss

A “ready-to-race, turnkey race car”

by on Dec.28, 2009

All you need is $79,000 and you can take the Ford Mustang Boss 302R racing.

Have a hankering to turn some high-speed laps?  All you need is $79,000 and you can sign up for what Ford officials are calling their “ready-to-race turnkey race car.”

It also goes by the name of the Boss.  The Mustang Boss 302R, to be more precise.  Four decades after the original Boss Mustang, with Parnelli Jones behind the wheel, burned its way into the record books, Ford is bringing the name back, this coming year, at Daytona.  But the automaker will also offer a production version, a factory-built race car ready for track days and road racing in a number of Grand-Am, SCCA and NASA classes.


The 302R will share the same basic 5.0-liter V8 block and engine architecture that will  be used in the upcoming, 2011 Ford Mustang GT, though with obvious performance modifications.  The 32-valve powerplant will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and the street version of the GT will get a roll cage, race seats, safety harness, data acquisition and race dampers/springs, 14-inch Brembo brakes and a track-specific tire package.

“This is a car you can walk into any Ford dealer and order,” says Jamie Allison, a racing legend of his own and the new director of motorsports for Ford.

Ford’s Boss 302R will make its formal debut at the Detroit Auto Show, in January.

(For a look at the 5.0-liter, 412-horsepower 2011 Ford Mustang GT, Click Here.)

First Look: 2011 Ford Mustang GT

The 5.0-liter returns.

by on Dec.28, 2009

The 5.0-liter V8 returns with the upcoming launch of the 2011 Ford Mustang GT

The pony wars are heating up.

For the first time in decades, the reborn Chevrolet Camaro is outselling the Ford Mustang.  But neither maker seems ready to settle in and accept the status quo.  While Chevy hopes to increase its appeal with the long-anticipated Camaro Convertible, Ford is putting a premium on performance hoping to out-muscle its cross-town competition and regain its position as pony car king-of-the-hill.

Ford pulled a rabbit out of its corporate hat at the Los Angeles Auto Show, revealing an all-new V6 pumping out an impressive 305 horsepower – and, equally impressive, 30 mpg on the highway.  Not all that long ago, that would have been a solid figure for the bigger, V8-powered Mustang GT.  So, with that in mind, the automaker is pushing into what, not that long ago would have been supercar territory, the 2011 Ford Mustang GT –which debuts at next month’s Detroit Auto Show — will pump out a solid 412 horsepower and a tire-spinning 390 pound-feet of torque.

Consider that the 1995 Mustang GT, which heralded the return of V8 power, made what was, at the time, the seemingly impossible 215 horsepower.  When the pony car was switched to the 4.6-liter eight-banger, in 1995, the numbers jumped to 300 hp and 320 lb-ft.


To get there, Ford engineers came up with an entirely new big-block engine, abandoning the unremarkable 4.6-liter powertrain for an all-new 5.0-liter V-8.  Yep, the big 5-point-0.  It’s the displacement Mustang has long been known for, says Bob Fascetti, who oversees large engine development at Ford, “but with the technology right for today.”

(For a look at the all-new Boss 302R, Click Here.)