2015 ford Focus vs 2015 Mustang

The New Focus ST Diesel Could Preface a 2015 Ford Mustang Diesel

Ford Motor Company recently introduced the new Focus ST with a new high performance diesel engine and while that powerful little oil burner isnt strong enough to power the newest Ford Mustang – that new Focus ST engine option could offer a first look at a performance oriented diesel that could end up under the hood of the S550 Ford Mustang.

A few months back, the discussion came up about the possibilities of a 2015 Ford Mustang Diesel and I called it globalization gone too far. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of a diesel powered Mustang and while some people agreed with me, others fired off on me as though I was the dingo which stole their baby. It is clear that there are some people in both the US and overseas markets who think that a diesel Mustang would be a perfectly good idea and while I am still on the fence, the introduction of the new Ford Focus ST Diesel in Europe stokes the fire under the diesel Mustang discussion once again.

Ford Motor Company has put a tremendous amount of effort into spreading the excellence of EcoBoost technology across the American and European vehicle lineups, but Ford hasn’t been as quick to adopt diesel technology to us vehicles outside of their brawny Super Duty pickups with enough emphasis for the diesel enthusiast crowd. The introduction of the European-bound 2015 Ford Focus ST Diesel shows that the Motor Company has an eye on the performance diesel market. Right now, this peppy little diesel is likely only going to be sold in Europe – but this engine could lead to a similar engine in the Ford Mustang in the future.

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I've owned several domestic and import diesel-powered cars and trucks, Dodge Cummins, Isuzu and Mercedes.My first, a Mercedes 220 D was upgraded to a 300 Turbo D wagon and in later years a 300 SEL Turbo D big body. The last Mercedes in my stable clocked 300,000 trouble-free miles on the O.D. before being handed down to a nephew. The Isuza Pup, was a solid runner and served as just that, on a construction crew. When I sold the company in 07' the Isuzu had 20,000 + hours on the motor and trans. Again, maintenence and tire rotation(replacement)only. Last season I let my prized 1996 2500 Dodge Turbo Diesel go back to the farm. It had 230,000 miles on the O.D. and didn't burn a drop of oil. It would always start on the first crank. Again: The only required attention to this vehicle was maintenence. That's the glory of diesel technology. The 5.8 Liter 6 cylinder Cummins in the Dodge had been set up to tow 12,500 lbs.. A 4 inch exhaust and Fram intake air filter increased the torque to 580 lbs without installing larger injectors. This truck weighing in at 8300GVW would average 22 mpg empty and 14-16 mpg fully loaded... Now, looking to clean burning technology:The last Whisper Watt Isusu Powered Diesel generator opperated by Masterplan Construction (my company) utilized " clean burning" diesel technology. It was CARB compliant without the use of a catylitics. The problem with Diesel in the U.S. is the inflated price of the fuel due to restricted refining capacity. Europe: 55% of all vehicles in the E.U. run on diesel fuel. Thus, Ford will answer the call for a clean burning diesel fueled Focus in Europe. The engines are fantastic. The U.S. fuel suppliers must step up the production of refined road grade diesel fuel. Lower maintenence, low emissions... Thanks for the informative read.

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