There’s a lot of hubbub surrounding the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost… but now we know what it sounds like.
Purists balk. Old guys grumble. “It’s just a four cylinder. That’s not a real Mustang!” “Derrr trrrk errrr V8rrrrrrr.” [Yes, I just made a South Park reference.]
Nonsense. They’re all wrong. Very wrong.
With 310 horsepower and 325 ft.-lbs. of torque, the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is just as real as it gets – and already more powerful than the 4.6L powered V8 Mustang GT that soldiered on for far too long in the 1990s and early 2000s. It’s also not as fat as we once thought. The 2015 Mustang EcoBoost weighs in at 3,532 pounds (or 3,524 if you have no soul and opt for an automatic… but that’s another blog post).
It also sounds pretty damn good, too. Here’s a ride-along video that was posted on YouTube.
To recap: that’s 310 horsepower from a 2.3 liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. What does that mean for you, budget-minded Mustang performance enthusiast? A lot. Turbo cars are notorious for having incredible aftermarket support and capability, and you can bet that it won’t be very long until the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost has a tune and upgrade package that pushes it well beyond the Mustang GTs impressive numbers of 435 horsepower and 400 ft.-lbs. This is good. We like performance. Hell, we even kind of like Mustangs here.
If you opt for the EcoBoost Performance pack, you get some nifty upgrades, too, like 4-piston front and 2-piston rear brake calipers. There’s also a strut tower brace, different springs, monotube dampers, 3.55:1 gears, thicker sway bars, and more. You might think that the Mustang GT is the way to go for all-out performance, and in years past, that may have been true, but it looks like the 2015 Mustang EcoBoost is going to be the darling of the automotive aftermarket.
At least they didn’t decide to call it the Mustang SVO.
Photos: Ford Media site.