Turbocharging claims another victim.
It looks like turbocharging has claimed another victim, that is if this forum post from Mustang6G is to be believed. A member of the forum, who apparently works at a Ford dealership, was checking out the order guide for the 2018 MY Mustang and discovered that the V6 engine option was no longer being offered. If true that means the 2018 Mustang would be offered solely with a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost and a 5.0-liter V8. It’s difficult to imagine Ford canning the V6 but it’s not impossible either.
For one, Ford only offers the EcoBoost and GT Mustangs worldwide. Also, turbo engines are easier to tune. Ford Performance recently released a tuning kit for the EcoBoost Mustang that ups its power output to 335 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. A quick check of the Ford Performance parts site shows quite a few upgrade kits for both the EcoBoost and GT Mustangs but nothing for the V6. So, yeah, the V6 Mustang dying off isn’t the hardest thing in the world to believe. However, we do have an issue with the idea that Ford would willing cede V6 muscle car sales to both Chevrolet and Dodge. Eliminating the cheapest option in the lineup would undoubtedly affect the Mustang’s monthly sales figures.
But as we’ve said before, Ford may be rethinking how it defines the Mustang’s success. The goal may not be to sell x amount of units, but rather to just beat the competition. Eliminating the V6 Mustang would tighten up the lineup and make each Mustang sale more valuable, that is if the EcoBoost Mustang doesn’t drop in price. Anyway, there was actually more in this forum post than just news about the V6. Also found in the order guide was an optional 10-speed automatic transmission and MagneRide dampers like the ones found on the Mustang Shelby GT350. The very thought of a Mustang GT with a 10-speed auto and MagneRide dampers is making our mouths water. Please, please let this leaked info turn out to be true.