Get ready: the V8 death countdown is about to begin.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, given just how much Ford has invested in its entire EcoBoost program over the past few years. So here it goes: Ford’s European Vehicle Line Director for the Mustang, Ulrich Koesters, quietly admitted to us at Geneva last week that the new GT’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 will fit under the Mustang’s hood. Now, the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8 produces 435 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Then there’s the Mustang GT350R and its 5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8. That sucker produces over 500 hp and more than 400 lb-ft.
So what can we take away from this? An eventual EcoBoost V6 Mustang that’ll be capable of producing at least 600 hp. Questioned further, Mr. Koesters was immediately hesitant with details, but he clearly hinted what Ford would like to do at some point down the line. What's more, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost is here to stay for the long term, evidenced by its use in both the Mustang and new Focus RS. Does this mean the 5.0 V8 is a goner? Will the 5.2 V8 be limited solely to special edition, limited production models? Any or none of this is possible, but we’re willing to bet that 3.5 V6 will turn up in the Mustang sooner or later.