The addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder to the list of Ford’s available powerplants for the 2015 Mustang has drawn a lot of attention – almost as much as the switch to an independent rear suspension (welcome to the present-day, Mustang!) The question on everyone’s lips has of course been: “Is it any good?”
In short, yes. That is, according to Motor Trend‘s video review of the car equipped with 2.3 liter EcoBoost four-banger. As the reviewer is quick to point out, the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost is no replacement for the GT model with its loud and proud 5.0 liter V8. Compared to the V6 model, however, the reviewer insists that the EcoBoost is a significant step up.
And why shouldn’t it be? The 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost makes about 10 more horsepower, and 40 more lb-ft of torque than the V6 model. Its 0.96 G of lateral grip (as tested by Motor Trend) puts it on-par with the Subaru WRX, which is no small feat, and the turbocharger used on this 2.3 liter is a twin-scroll design, meaning that there is essentially both a low-speed and high-speed circuit to increase linearity, and decrease lag.
We’ve always seen the V6 Mustang as something of a neutered pony compared to its big brother, the 5.0 liter V8 Mustang GT. But while the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost also fails as a competitor to the GT, it’s more of an efficient, lighter, everyman’s alternative, than a GT model robbed of a few cylinders.