Ford Insider: 2015 Mustang EcoBoost to pack 300hp, GT gets 475hp
It is no secret that the next generation Ford Mustang will arrive for the 2015 model year and while it has long been believed that the upcoming Mustang will pack an EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine – an unnamed Ford employee working on the Mustang project recently told a Mustang forum member that the EcoBoost is indeed on the way. The Mustang EcoBoost engine will measure 2.5 liters and offer around 300 horsepower. This same source explained that the 3.7L V6 that currently serves as the base model Mustang engine could climb into the range of 400 horsepower while the 5.0L Mustang GT could offer as much as 475 horsepower. This information comes to us via the Mustang experts at American Muscle via their company blog.
Now, as I write this piece I am sure that there will be skeptics who point out a lack of validity with these leaked 2015 Ford Mustang details. This information comes from a forum member who spoke with an unnamed member of the 2015 Mustang project team and that paper trail is a bit on the sketchy side but this leaked information is concrete as any other leaked information from an official source who insists on remaining unnamed and unofficial. However, these details seem to be right in line with what we have heard over the past year or so and this new information on the EcoBoost 4-cylinder mill is well within the range of realistic possibilities for 2015. It has been speculated that the Mustang EcoBoost package would offer around 300 horsepower so even an official statement from Ford that the 4-cylinder EcoBoost would pack that power wouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Perhaps the hardest piece of 2015 Ford Mustang information to swallow is the suggestion that the next generation Mustang GT will pack 475 (or more) horsepower. The current Mustang GT makes 420 horsepower and with the Chevrolet Camaro SS offering 426 horsepower, we all expected that the 5.0L V8 in the GT models would get a bump to somewhere in the area of 450 horsepower. However, 475 horsepower in the next generation GT models would give the Mustang and overpowering advantage in the battle with the Camaro. Luckily, with the high end Mustang Shelby GT500 packing 662 horsepower, there is plenty of room for Ford to increase the output of the Mustang GT without creating any real in-house competition with the GT500 super-Stang.