Even though most outside of the Ford Motor Company has yet to drive it, the 2015 Mustang is shaping out to be one awesome sports car. In fact, Ford has made it abundantly clear that the goal of the new ‘Stang isn’t to be yet another pony or muscle car to rival the Camaro and Challenger; rather, the new Mustang is a true world-class sports car that feels right at home, whether on the roads of America, Europe, Australia, Asia, or any other place on earth. And that sounds great and dandy until we consider the fact that the power ratings of the new pony’s base engine are down (ever so slightly) compared to the outgoing 2011-2014 model.
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What’s interesting about all this is that unlike the revised 5.0-liter Coyote V8, the 3.7-liter Duratec V6 — the base engine in both the 2015 and 2011-2014 Mustang — is the exact same engine in both models. In other words, the motor itself hasn’t been received any modifications that would change its power output. But there is an outside factor, and that is that the addition of the turbo-charged four-cylinder Mustang EcoBoost model. Coincidentally, Ford has gone on record in saying that the Mustang EcoBoost will make more than 300 horsepower and 305 lb.-ft. of torque, which makes us wonder if the V6 is getting a detuning of sorts (whether actual or on paper) for the sake of making the EcoBoost look better.
Stay tuned as we look into this more closely.
Update: it seems that the slight power drop of the base 3.7-liter V6 might be the result of the base model no longer having dual exhaust. This has yet to be confirmed by Ford, however.