Mustang fans have been patiently waiting since the new 2015 Mustang was unveiled back in December for the specs of the new pony to be released. Well fellow Ford Addicts and Mustang Enthusiasts, that glorious day has come. In a current press release from Ford, the new Mustang’s trim levels, engine options, and weight have been officially announced.
The mighty 5.0 V8 is making a comeback for 2015, and Ford has raised the horsepower rating from 420 in the 2014 Mustang to a rocket-like 435 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The 3.7L V6 also makes a comeback for 2015 in the entry level Mustang with a new rating of 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft torque. The real performance engine that has everyone talking (other than the 5.0 because it’s just that awesome), is the all new 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder. With 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft of torque, the new 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder has the highest power density from a Ford engine so far!
Now don’t think this choice of engine is blasphemous for a true Mustang either. Let’s recall the Mustang SVO that was made from 1984-1986. The SVO was arguably the best Mustang of the 80s. It was powerful with a turbocharged 4-cylinder, upgraded 5-Speed Manual transmission, improved handling to compete with European cars, improved looks over the other Mustang trim levels, and was designed through Ford’s Special Vehicle Operations team. This team later became the SVT performance team who designed the current 200 MPH+ Shelby Mustangs. ‘Nuff said.
So that trip down memory lane has us looking forward to the new EcoBoost Mustang. Turbocharged power in an already great handling performance car sounds like something the Mustang needs to compete against its non-V8 powered rivals. And if that doesn’t make you interested in hearing a turbo “woosh” come from the Mustang’s engine when you floor it, Ford has announced that the low inertia twin-scroll turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use the technology and it provides a quicker boost response while still providing low emissions and great fuel economy. So while the EcoBoost is specifically designed for the performance qualities of new Mustang, it also has the fuel efficient capabilities we’ve come to love from the EcoBoost engine family.
Weight for the new Mustang has also been announced. The V6 weighs in at 3,526 lbs with the manual transmission, the GT is 3,705 with a manual, and the EcoBoost is 3,524 with an Automatic. The new 2015 Mustang is also at the top of power-to-weight ratio rankings for each of the engine options sold in the U.S. The fewer pounds a vehicle has per horsepower allows it to be faster and have better handling. The V8 Mustang has as few as 8.52 pounds per horsepower, while the new EcoBoost has fewer than 11.4 pounds per horsepower. All engines are available with either a 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission or a 6-Speed Manual Transmission. The SelectShift Automatic provides convenience and paddle-shifting capabilities, but we will still choose the Manual transmission for the true Mustang experience.
While all this technical info is a lot to absorb at once, it means good things for the driving experience of the new Mustang. We here at Ford Addict can’t wait to see the new Mustang in person, and we’re definitely looking forward to driving this American Icon. In the mean time, we’ll just keep dreaming about driving it, and continuing to spend hours on the Mustang website building the perfect one. Check it out here, but be warned it is addicting.