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    • 2015 Mustang specifications released including MSRP and curb weight - Ecoboost turbo four-cylinder with 310 horsepower, GT gets 435 hp V8

      Ford finally released some concrete details on the upcoming next generation Mustang. The most eye catching of course is that the Mustang will have turbocharged four-cylinder power courtesy of a 2.3 liter Ecoboost motor. This engine will provide quite a bit of grunt with 310 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque.

      The Mustang GT retains the 5.0 liter Coyote V8 with output bumped to 435 horsepower. The base model is now the 3.7 liter V6 offering 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. It is difficult to argue for the V6 over the Ecoboost turbo four.

      The car is not super light but the Ecoboost model checks in at 3,524 pounds. The V6 is 3,526 pounds. Choosing the V8 GT increases weight to 3,729 pounds. The bigger motor obviously comes with a weight penalty.

      Ford looks like they have yet another hit on their hands with the base price starting at $24,425. The Mustang continues to be an incredible value.

      Press Release and pictures below.




































      Horsepower Unleashed – Motivating the All-New Ford Mustang with Improved Power-to-Weight Ratios
      -- 5.0-liter V8 headlines all-new Ford Mustang lineup with 435 horsepower and 400 lb.- ft. of torque and improved power-to-weight ratio
      -- New 2.3-liter EcoBoost® brings turbocharging and direct injection to Mustang with 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque – best-ever power density from a Ford engine
      -- Manual transmission provides smoother shifting than previous Mustangs; automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev- matching

      DEARBORN, Mich., July 17, 2014 – The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers three great engines including a standard 300-horsepower V6, a brand-new 310-horsepower EcoBoost® or an upgraded 435-horsepower V8. Each powerplant is available with either a manual or automatic transmission that makes the pony car a great all-around performer – no matter how the equipment is mixed and matched to suit any individual driving style.

      The fewer the pounds a car carries for every unit of horsepower generated by the engine, the quicker and nimbler it feels, making power-to-weight ratio a key measure of performance. A recent study by Autoblog of cars currently available in the U.S. market puts Mustang at the top of the charts in power-to-weight ratio for all three price categories a customer can specify.

      Mustang extends its lead further for 2015 with the EcoBoost-powered fastback now carrying fewer than 11.4 pounds per horsepower; Mustang GT has as few as 8.52 pounds per horsepower.

      Less is more, EcoBoost comes to Mustang
      The addition of a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine brings turbocharging to the Mustang powertrain lineup. This engine was designed specifically for Mustang, to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency.

      The geometry of the EcoBoost intake manifold and turbocharger housing has been optimized to provide better breathing and higher output in Mustang. Producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.- ft. of torque, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine fits the bill for a true Mustang powerplant – with the highest power density yet from a Ford engine.

      "This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car's speed," said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. "It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions."

      The newest member of Ford's global EcoBoost engine family, the 2.3-liter continues to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies including direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging to produce big-engine power and torque with improved fuel efficiency.

      The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that provides quicker boost response while enabling lower emissions and improved efficiency. The cylinder head features an integrated exhaust manifold that separates the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into each of the two inlet passages to the turbo.

      Keeping the exhaust pulses separated from the next cylinder in the firing order virtually eliminates mixing losses and maximizes the pulse energy to the turbine wheel. The result is similar performance to a more complex twin-turbocharger configuration, meaning quicker turbine spin-up and torque delivery when the driver needs it for passing maneuvers.

      The separated exhaust ports also enable the exhaust valves to stay open longer for reduced pumping losses that improve specific fuel consumption compared to a single-scroll turbocharger configuration.

      With a compact mill generating nearly 135 horsepower per liter and more than 139 lb.-ft. of torque per liter – powering a performance car whose drivers are more inclined to use it – ensuring engine durability was critical. Enhancements to the Mustang EcoBoost engine to withstand the added stresses include:
      -- Forged-steel crankshaft
      -- Piston-cooling jets
      -- Steel piston ring carriers
      -- Premium bearing materials
      -- Upgraded valve seat materials
      -- Forged-steel connecting rods
      -- High-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block with ladder-frame bearing caps
      -- Deep-sump, die-cast aluminum oil pan

      The beating heart of a pony
      No Ford Mustang engine lineup would be complete without a great V8 engine at its core. The 5.0-liter V8 powers into a new generation with a host of upgrades that help it breathe better, especially at higher engine speeds. Many of these changes are derived from lessons learned in developing the special-edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302.

      Getting air into the cylinders and exhaust out is key to generating more power and torque from any engine. That has been the focus in the development of this V8, which features:
      -- Larger intake valves
      -- Larger exhaust valves
      -- Revised intake camshafts
      -- Revised exhaust camshafts
      -- Stiffer valve springs ensure valves close completely at high rpm
      -- New cylinder head casting – revised ports provide straighter path to the valves for less
      restrictive intake and exhaust flow; combustion chamber modifications accommodate
      larger valves
      -- Sinter forged connecting rods are lighter and more durable for high-rpm operation
      -- Redesigned piston tops – deeper cutouts clear the new larger valves
      -- Rebalanced forged crankshaft to support higher-rpm operation

      These upgrades have boosted output of the V8 to 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

      A new intake manifold includes charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. This increases the air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing, resulting in better fuel economy, improved idle stability and lower emissions.

      The variable camshaft timing on the intake side now has a greater range of adjustment available thanks to mid-lock phasers. This enables better optimized control of the valve timing over a broader range of engine speeds and loads for improved fuel economy and emissions.

      Shifting gears
      More than most drivers, Mustang owners like to take control and shift for themselves. Whether they select a fully manual gearbox or the updated automatic transmission, the experience will be better than in any previous pony.

      The manual has a new shift linkage design for easier engagement and improved precision. The shift lever is now positioned closer to the driver and away from the cupholders, creating a clear path for shifting.

      Mustang blends outstanding all-around performance and everyday usability. Drivers who prefer to let the car handle the shifting during their daily work run, but who still want to take control when the roads get twisty, will appreciate the new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles with rev-matching downshifts – now standard with the SelectShift® six-speed automatic transmission.

      The automatic also features a redesigned case with cast-in ribs that help make it stiffer and reduce weight. Internally, clutches are optimized and operating temperature increased to reduce friction. The output shaft is now supported by a ball bearing that enables a top speed of 155 mph for Mustang GT.

      With a choice of powertrains to suit driving preferences and lifestyles, the new Mustang has cutting-edge technology under the hood to match its modern design. Yet regardless of engine choice, the car remains quintessentially Mustang.

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      About Ford Motor Company
      Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
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      Comments 26 Comments
      1. bobS's Avatar
        bobS -
        Not bad... looks are "okay".

        I love my ecoboost in my DD ford fusion but I'm not sure how it will do in a sports car. Thats a heavy car for such a small motor. I'm sure it can be tuned though!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I'm not huge on the looks but that Ecoboost is going to be a hell of a value.
      1. rdeterman's Avatar
        rdeterman -
        I actually don't mind the looks. I prefer it over the "retro" styling of the previous models
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I mean it's still retro styling I just think they went too 'edgy' in the front.
      1. rdeterman's Avatar
        rdeterman -
        to me it looks more modern.. almost European in some aspects. I like that its got more technology incorporated into it also. Thats why I ended up with a BMW, I wanted speed and all the creature comforts. These new mustangs in my option are much further ahead than the Camaro or Challenger (except for the Hellcat, that's in its own class).
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I went for a ride in the current gen Mustang GT and I was actually impressed how comfortable it was.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        435 NA horses, Ford is not usually a company to sandbag their power ratings.. M4 eats this in a straight line for sure and a track even worse. but there is a track focused mustang going after the M4, so we gotta see what that will give us. one down Click here to enlarge
      1. Mat Morkin's Avatar
        Mat Morkin -
        Did you mention the GT comes with a line lock from the factory?

        http://blog.caranddriver.com/baking-...ory-line-lock/
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        435 NA horses, Ford is not usually a company to sandbag their power ratings.. M4 eats this in a straight line for sure and a track even worse. but there is a track focused mustang going after the M4, so we gotta see what that will give us. one down Click here to enlarge
        Um the GT is not the highest performance variant. The M4 however is. The GT will eat up the 335 though.

        The GT350 is going to annihilate the M4. The GT500 is going to piss on everything in the BMW lineup.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Mat Morkin Click here to enlarge
        Did you mention the GT comes with a line lock from the factory?

        http://blog.caranddriver.com/baking-...ory-line-lock/
        No: http://www.fordboost.com/content.php...015-Mustang-GT
      1. Mat Morkin's Avatar
        Mat Morkin -
        haha, sorry my bad. I'll check next time before I post.Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        It's not your fault. FordBoost isn't even up 'officially' yet.

        It's also my fault for being too damn good.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        The GT350 is going to annihilate the M4.
        do you have any specs?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        do you have any specs?
        Lightweight with extensive aluminum and carbon fiber. Naturally aspirated V8 based on the Coyote block but with a flat-plane crank revving way up there.

        Basically, Ford just made a better M3 than BMW.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Lightweight with extensive aluminum and carbon fiber. Naturally aspirated V8 based on the Coyote block but with a flat-plane crank revving way up there.
        now we just gotta wait on the power level
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Basically, Ford just made a better M3 than BMW.
        the M4 suspension is still the $#@!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Can the M4 even beat the Z28? Nope.
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Can the M4 even beat the Z28? Nope.
        will the GT350 beat the Z28? naw
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        will the GT350 beat the Z28? naw
        Why wouldn't it?
      1. rawad1017's Avatar
        rawad1017 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Why wouldn't it?
        even if the GT350 has more power it can't match the Z28's suspension and then there are the 305s all around
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rawad1017 Click here to enlarge
        even if the GT350 has more power it can't match the Z28's suspension and then there are the 305s all around
        You don't even know the GT350 specs yet.