Could Ford still bring back the SVO badge after all?
Last month, Ford unveiled the new 2.3L High Performance Package for the entry-level Mustang EcoBoost, which adds a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine derived from the discontinued Focus RS and tuned to deliver 330 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. With a 20 hp increase over the standard Mustang EcoBoost, this makes it the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker.
The new performance package also adds a five percent larger twin-scroll turbo compressor, a larger radiator, and an engine recalibration to run both Ford’s 10-speed SelectShift automatic and six-speed Getrag manual transmission, while the soundtrack is enhanced by an active quad-tip exhaust system. These upgrades enable the Mustang EcoBoost to hit 0-62 mph in around 4.5 seconds on premium fuel and increases top speed to 155 mph, making it 34 mph faster than the base EcoBoost Mustang.
However, enthusiasts have been left wondering why Ford didn’t use the opportunity to revive the iconic SVO badge since the 2.3L High Performance Package shares many similarities. Built between 1984 and 1986, the original Mustang SVO was fitted with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produced 205 horsepower, which was just as powerful as the V8-powered Mustang GT back then, but the smaller engine made the SVO significantly lighter.
According to Motor1, Ford may still bring back the iconic SVO moniker for a future Mustang variant. "Not this one," a Ford spokesperson said when asked why Ford didn’t revive the SVO name, suggesting that the best is still yet to come. At the time, the SVO was one of the fastest and most expensive Mustangs ever made, but the same can’t be said for the 2.3L High Performance Package. Judging from the spokesperson’s comment, it sounds like Ford is planning to extract even more power from its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, which will hopefully bring back the SVO badge after more than 30 years.