As expected, information concerning the 2015 Ford Mustang has leaked, revealing engine specs along with styling information inside and out.
When the car launches, it will carry over both the 3.7-liter V6 and “Coyote” 5.0-liter V8 which offer 305 hp and 420 hp respectively, but just months after launch, that will all change according to Car and Driver.
By far the biggest addition coming to the ‘Stang’s powertrains is a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that is going to make 310 hp. This small turbo four will be sold as an up-market option compared to the naturally aspirated V6 which should be warranted thanks to a mileage gain along with a high, flat torque curve. Updates to the base 3.7-liter will be minimal, but the 5.0 is getting a tuning job, bumping up its horsepower ratings to 500. The brand’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 is also being considered for the car, but it won’t find its way under the hood until at least 2017.
A Shelby GT500 successor will be the first high-power version of the car to launch, and it will do so with the supercharged 5.8-liter V8 that the car currently runs with putting out 662 hp. Ford’s new engine plans won’t stop there though. A twin-turbo V8, code named “Voodoo,” will also find its way into the lineup, powering a Shelby GT350 model. This new EcoBoost V8 is expected to make between 550 and 600 hp, and will displace between 5.0 and 5.5 liters. Eventually, this motor is expected to also be offered in the GT500, and it may even find its way into a Boss 302 successor. That car may use a naturally aspirated version of the Voodoo, though it may stay traditional and use a tuned up version of the 5.0-liter V8.
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All the engines will be hooked up to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic, but about two or three years after launch, a 10-speed automatic that is being developed with General Motors will replace the automatic.
Helping to handle all that power is a new chassis that will feature an independent rear suspension, a setup not seen on Mustangs since the SVT Cobra stopped production in 2004. This should help improve the car’s ride and handling, which will also be helped by a 200 pound reduction.
The new Mustang design won’t stray too far from the current car, though there are some clear differences as seen in the rendering from Car and Driver shown above. Overall, the entire car will shrink, and for the first time, the Mustang will borrow some design cues from the rest of the Ford lineup. Cues from the Fusion will be in place along the sides of the car, and the grille will exhibit some Aston Martin-esque features and yet the profile and stance of the car will still portray classic Mustang traits.
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Inside, many retro Mustang design cues will carry over such at the twin-tubular gauges, but the car will gain some new technology as well. An updated version of Ford’s MyFord Touch infotainment system will debut on the 2015 Mustang with a new set of redundant controls and buttons to control it.
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