The folks over at InsideLine have received a few interesting pics of a Ford Mustang test car, speculating that it could be an EcoBoost GT model. There are good reasons for the story, but there are stronger reasons against it.
For: The car sports a front bumper that looks designed to work with an intercooler. Inside the car there’s a “premium fuel only” sticker and a tachometer that stops at an alarmingly high 9000 rpm. Plus, Ford has said the EcoBoost technology will end up in almost all of its vehicles, and they already have a rear-drive versions – as found in the current 2011 F-150.
Against: The biggest fault with the EcoBoost V6 suggestion is that it would never hit 9000 rpm. Currently, in cars like the Taurus SHO it makes peak power of 365-hp at just 5500 rpm.
While we don’t want to ignore the intercooler idea, might we suggest an even higher revving 5.0-liter V8, pushing power closer to the 450-hp mark.
Ford is likely to deliver an EcoBoost Mustang, but it will likely be as a third option, sitting between the traditional V6 and V8.