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No Fun Package Name for the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost

While the 2015 Ford Mustang will feature a new 2.3L EcoBoost engine that will likely make the next generation pony car the most efficient of all time without hurting performance, this new engine will be introduced as an option for the base Mustang and not a part of a new package such as the modern SVO.

We learned ages ago that the 2015 Ford Mustang would feature a new 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will almost surely make the S550 Mustang the most efficient of all time. More importantly, this new EcoBoost technology will allow the 4-cylinder Mustang to offer the kind of performance that you expect from the Ford Mustang. Some people think that it is a travesty that the mighty Mustang will have a lowly 4-cylinder engine under the hood, but everyone should be reminded that Ford Motor Company has offered a 4-cylinder engine in the past with great success.

From 1974 through 1993, the Ford Mustang was sold with a 4-cylinder base engine. The Mustang II and the Fox Body Mustang relied on at least one 4-cylinder engine option every year and while many of those were very low performance economy motors – the introduction of the 2.3L turbocharged engine changed how people looked at the 4-cylinder engine. The 1983 Mustang Turbo GT showed that a small, turbocharged engine could offer comparable performance to the 5.0L V8. The 1983 Turbo GT offered less power than the Mustang GT with the 5.0L V8, but in 1984, the new SVO Mustang used a similar 2.3L 4-cylinder engine to offer the exactly same power output of the Mustang GT at 175hp. In 1985, the SVO Mustang offered 205hp while the Mustang GT HO got a bump to 210hp. In 1986, the SVO 4-cylinder turbocharged Mustang offered 205hp while the Mustang GT had just 200hp, but the turbo 4 was gone after 1986.

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Apparently unknown to many, the 2.3L turbo four was introduced with the 1979 Mustang. Why does everyone continue to believe that it originated with the 1983 model?
I referenced the introduction of the turbo 4 in 1979..?
I think you stretch the point to say that Ford has used four-cylinders in the Mustang "with great success." I don't remember anyone liking the non-turbo 2.3, whether in the Mustang II or in the Fox (where its 21-second 0-60 time made it the all-time dog of dogs). The turbos were better, but were not universally hailed. The 79-81 version was the best Mustang a person could buy, so grousing was more limited. But once the "5.0 HO" came out in 1982, the turbo fell off the charts. The Turbo GT models sold in the hundreds, not the thousands. I have seen one. Ever. Of course, the SVOs are considered special, and they were in their own way with great suspension, brakes and bespoke body work. But their engines, while powerful, were torque-less, loud, rough and prone to cooking turbo bearings. Combined with a price 40% above the V8 GT, all that explained their very limited sales appeal. Given all that, Ford would do well to NOT call back to the past when marketing the EcoBoost. It will hopefully be all things the old turbos were not: smooth, reliable, rev-happy, torquey and affordable. If Ford hits that target, even I will be interested.
The SVO Turbo Mustangs (84-86) were much more expensive than the 5.0 LX or GT. Not quite as fast in a straight line stock, but easily out handled the lesser Mustangs. They responded very well to tweaks and could easy make 250-300 HP.

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