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Will Ford Call The 2.3-Liter EcoBoost-Powered 2015 Mustang “SVO”?

Set to deliver “over” 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque in the 2015 Mustang, Ford’s new turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is definitely an impressive powerplant. But while we wait for The Blue Oval to reveal the exact power numbers for its new boosted four-pot, we’re also left wondering whether sixth-generation Mustangs cradling the engine will be given a special designation — the SVO. Two circumstances signal that this just might happen.

First is the fact that Ford still holds the registration to the “SVO” trademark. In fact, it has since 1997. But there’s a slight complication: the SVO trademark that Ford has is for a “typed drawing” for the goods and services category of “miniature models of vehicles, toy vehicles, and hobby kits for the construction of miniature vehicles”. By comparison, a trademark meant to be used on a vehicle would be filed in “cars”, or something similar.

The second sign that Ford could apply the SVO badge to the boosted sixth-gen Stang is that it has done it once before. Some Mustang enthusiasts might remember that Ford sold a limited-production version of the pony car from 1984 to 1986. Based on the Fox platform, the Mustang SVO made roughly 200 horsepower (depending on model year), which was a lot for the time. It was also the fastest, most exclusive, and most expensive variant of the Mustang available. Although completely not related to the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the SVO of the 20th century was also powered by a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine.

1986 Ford Mustang SVO

1986 Ford Mustang SVO

To note, Ford hasn’t been at all specific about how it plans to call any trim level of the new Mustang outside the 5.0-liter V8-powered model, which will (not surprisingly) keep the GT monker. So now, the question is whether Ford will, in a nod to the past, name the EcoBoost-powered Stang, which slots above the “base” 3.7-liter Duratec V6 model and below the (revised) Coyote V8-powered GT, its own designation. If it does, our money is on “SVO”.

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