It has been a rich few days in terms of Mustang news, and it’s still going strong, with Ford releasing details about the new pony car’s engines, transmissions and suspension, plus diagrams to go with them.
As you already know, the 2015 Mustang will be available with three engines: an entry-level 3.7-liter V6 (not for Europe), a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a range-topping 5.0-liter V8.
The big news is obviously the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which brings turbocharging to the Mustang for the first time since the limited series SVO model of the 1980s. The new unit has been developed specifically for the Mustang, with the intake manifold and turbocharger being optimized to provide better breathing and higher output.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine produces more than 305 horsepower and more than 300 lb-ft of torque (406 Nm). With direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging, the engine will also be the most economical in the 2015 Mustang’s lineup.
The 5.0-liter V8 will no doubt be the choice of the enthusiasts, with the engine bringing a series of upgrades, including larger intake valves and exhaust valves, revised intake camshafts and exhaust camshafts, stiffer valve springs, new cylinder-head casting, Sinter forged connecting rods, redesigned piston tops and rebalanced forged crankshaft. All these updates contribute to an output of more than 420 hp and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque.
No specific details were offered about the upgrades to the base 3.7-liter V6 engine, other than it will produce “at least” 300 horsepower and 270 lb-ft (366 Nm of torque).
The engines are available with either manual or automatic transmissions, with Ford promising a better driving experience in both cases. The Getrag six-speed manual features a new shift linkage design for shorter throws and improved precision, with the shift lever being positioned closer to the driver and away from the cup-holders.
The Select-Shift six-speed automatic transmission features steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles with rev-matching downshifts as standard. You can now quench your thirst for mechanical diagrams by checking out the photo gallery.
By Dan Mihalascu