In an ambitious move, Ford brought its turbocharged EcoBoost engine to its classic muscle car, the Mustang. Sitting in between the V6 and V8 models, this 310 hp four-cylinder model is attracting a lot of hype. But can it live up to it?
Well, that's for you as a car enthusiasts to find out and Orlando new car sales to prove. To help you make that decision, here are three quick facts about the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost
Back in the 80s, Ford did something crazy. They put a turbocharged 4-cylinder Mustang, dubbed the SVO, in dealership showrooms across the country. The reception? Not so good.
The company sold only 9,844 Mustang SVOs from 1984 to 1986. It was pulled from the line-up after that, and has not been seen since. That is, until the EcoBoost was announced.
The original idea of the SVO matches the idea driving the EcoBoost: offer buyers a new engine. The problem with the SVO, though, was that it was expensive. Where the Mustang GT of the era started at around $10,000, the SVO's base price was near $16,000.
Today, Ford learned from that mistake and priced the EcoBoost at $29,300, in between the base V6 at $23,800 and the V8 GT model at $32,300.
The original SVO turbocharged Mustang of the 80s made about 175 horsepower when it launched. Even with the added efficiency of a turbocharger, though, the SVO only managed to get 24 mpg on the highway (19 combined).
The EcoBoost? With 310 horsepower, it does 31 mpg on the highway and 22 in the city for a combined 26. For a performance car, those are great numbers.
According to Green Car Reports, that makes the EcoBoost 37 percent more efficient than the SVO. Comparing power, the EcoBoost's 310 horsepower is nearly 44 percent more than the SVO's 175 horsepower.
With the EcoBoost, Ford is saying you can have power AND efficiency!
The base 2015 Mustang makes 300 hp at 6500 RPM with its 3.7-liter V6. The EcoBoost's 2.3-liter 4-cylinder makes 310 hp thanks to its turbocharger.
While that doesn't seem like a noticeable difference, the real power difference is in the torque. The V6 makes 280 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM, while the EcoBoost makes 320 lb-ft at 3000 RPM.
That torque difference will give the EcoBoost the edge in 0-60 time because it will be faster off the line. This allows for more power sooner when the driver needs it.