Road & Track Confirm 2.3 Liter Ecoboost for US



Marcus Slater
Mustang Forums

It's official. The 2015 Mustang will come to the good 'ol US of A with a four-cylinder Ecoboost option. The kicker? It's probably not going to be the base model engine.

This confirmation comes from the guys at Road and Track, so we'll see if they're actually right later on. But if they are, that means this'll be the first time the Mustang has been offered with a four banger since the fox-body days. The last time the Mustang came factory with a turbo of any kind was the SVO. 

Interestingly, Road and Track says the new four cylinder eco-boost will be a 2.3 liter just like the Cobra of old. That's ever more convincing that this ecoboosted 'Stang will slot over the V6 and below the GT. Still, that would mean the engine would be making more than 300 hp. Even with 2.3 liters of displacement, that's a lot of boost. The question is: Will it lag?

We'll have to wait and see what Ford actually comes out with in the coming months ahead of the Mustangs 50th anniversary. Heck, we' don't even know what the car really looks like. What I do know, is that 2015 really can't come soon enough.

via [Road & Track]

Brandon Ciriello (Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:44:38 -0700): You don't put a 4 cylinder engine in a damn muscle car... This disappoints me... If I wanted a 4 cylinder, I'd buy a ford focus or a impreza.
John Stachlewicz (Mon, 11 Mar 2013 17:03:38 -0700): Sorry, Brandon, but the Mustang isn't a Muscle car... it's a Pony car...
Brandon Ciriello (Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:02:46 -0700): Honestly, I don't see a difference at all. I look at all "Pony" cars as muscle cars. They are all built to be power monsters.
Domingo G. Molina III (Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:46:49 -0700): wtf.
John Stachlewicz (Tue, 12 Mar 2013 02:21:23 -0700): So you don't even know what kind of car a Mustang is and you are going to worry about what OPTIONAL motor Ford is going to offer? Do you at least realize that the little 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder EcoBoost in my ST makes MORE POWER than my V8 Mustang did?? The 2.3 will likely make even more... The EcoBoosts have quite an amazing amount of torque!
MustangForums (Tue, 12 Mar 2013 09:16:02 -0700): You're right! Got the name mixed up with the SVT Cobra from the same era. Fixed.
Alex Corona (Tue, 12 Mar 2013 17:39:24 -0700): You're comparing a 2013 turboed fuel injected engine to an old carburated not to mention highly carb law restricted v8. A new 5.0 eats the Focus ST 4 cyl turbo alive.
Kevin Unnerstall (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:17:37 -0700): Are you kidding me? There is no way that a 2.3 can put out over 300.. the 2.0 puts out 240hp with 270 tq, how the hell can.3 of a liter put out 60 more hp?
Robin Operhall (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:21:50 -0700): I know right! gawd! It probably doesn't even have a turbo cd booster burner either!
Kevin Unnerstall (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:22:33 -0700): you should have stayed in Russia...
Ben Johnson (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:11:11 -0700): piece of cake dude. higher compression ratio and larger bore. F1 engines way back were only 2.0 4 cylinders and shucked out about 500+ HP
Ben Johnson (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:11:24 -0700): naturally aspirated i might add...
J.D. Woody (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:09:34 -0700): OH HEY GUYS
J.D. Woody (Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:10:00 -0700): also, my car is a 2.3 L with about 300 ponies
Rob Martin (Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:40:55 -0700): Major disappointment. This IS the problem with being a Mustang guy. TOO MANY options for the masses who buy a "Mustang" for it's heritage but don't contribute to it. "Oh look! Another underpowered (and by today's standards, this car IS UNDERPOWERED) Mustang to go with all the other poorly taken care of less powerful commuter version Mustangs". Like Ford needs another "wanna-be Mustang" running around with someone who could care less at the helm. I think what's happening is Ford simply see's a powerful 4 cylinder which would run circles around some previous GT's and assume it would be okay to produce just by that fact alone. Meanwhile they have forgotten IT'S THE V8 - SOUND, TORQUE, ATTITUDE and now HERITAGE/HISTORY that gave (and in some cases, still does give) these cars their reputation. For you guys talking about what power your Turbo 2 liter makes, I don't want to hear it. You aren't in the Mustang market anyway. If you did convert to buy this 4 banger turbo Mustang, you would be an oddball. Not really tuner, not really muscle and all this time you would get ran down repeatedly by the V8 versions, who don't really like your car anyway (their purists, trust me) *AND* have none of your 4 cylinder buddies to cry to who told you to stick to your AWD STI to begin with. If that's not enough for your Ford, go look at the forums where your product is the pride and joy of many and take a poll of who wants this 4 banger POS in their driveway... The only buyers I see are ones who love Mustang's but wants a commuter... but lets face it. There are way better commuter options out there than a 4 cylinder Mustang. Bottom line - I'm not opposed to the Ecoboost in a light RWD platform, as long as it doesn't have a wild horse running across it anywhere.
Thomas Rodriguez (Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:07:45 -0700): You guys are forgetting that the mustang is not a muscle car.
John Simon (Tue, 06 Aug 2013 08:22:04 -0700): May be powerful but doesn't have the same feeling... Not liking this idea at all. Part of driving these cars is the torque and sound a 4 banger turbo just doesn't have that feeling and sound.
Theresa M. Carlson (Tue, 06 Aug 2013 09:54:26 -0700): Horrible!


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