The 2015 Ford Mustang GT reveal is also showing off a 4-cylinder engine option that is rumored to get in the ballpark of 34 MPG yet still output good horsepower. But who wins the 015 Ford Mustang vs 2014 Corvette Stingray battle over engine efficiency?
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the manual edition of the 2014 Corvette Stingray gets an amazing 17/29 MPG even though it’s powered by a 455-hp 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 with 460 lb-ft of torque.
Ford executive vice president for global marketing Jim Farley announced the 2015 Ford Mustang in this fashion:
“We crafted this car with the goal of creating a contemporary interpretation of Mustang — an American icon that symbolizes optimism and freedom.”
And apparently part of that freedom is the ability to choose to not be a gas hog. But that’s not to say there won’t be power. The 2015 Ford Mustang GT engine is an upgraded 5.0 liter V8 that outputs 420 horsepower and 390 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Mustang 2015 also has a base model with a 3.7-liter V6 putting out 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
But the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost option might be of interest to greenies and hipsters all over the world. This 2.3-liter V4 (yes, that’s right… a 4-cylinder in a Mustang) is turbocharged and manages to outperform the base model with 305 horsepower without shooting butterflies and rainbows out its exhaust (although, maybe Ford could make that an option).
The 2015 Ford Mustang is the first time Ford has put a four-cylinder performance engine in a Mustang since the ill-fated Mustang SVO model from the 1980s. Despite matching the V8 Mustangs for power, the Mustang SVO was a lot more expensive, and a four-cylinder muscle car was a hard sale. But now that gas prices are so darn high (despite the United States exporting more oil than Saudia Arabia as of this fall) some people might find this option much more palatable.
Earlier evaluations were rumored to claim the 2015 Ford Mustang as returning 34 MPG on the highway although Ford hasn’t submitted the new Mustang for its EPA rating quite yet. The 5.6-liter manual 2014 Mustang GT got 15/24 MPG so it’s possible a 2015 Ford Mustang vs 2014 Corvette Stingray battle over engine efficiency is likely to tip in favor of the Corvette unless Ford greatly improved the gas efficiency of the V8 engine in the 2015 Ford Mustang GT. But anyone interested in gas efficiency in a muscle car probably isn’t going to be flooring it or racing so the lesser powered EcoBoost Mustang is likely to be of great interest since there isn’t even a Stingray model that gets 30+ MPG.
What do you think about the 2015 Ford Mustang GT reveal?