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The 2015 Ford Mustang four-cylinder… here’s the engine

Jeff Glucker January 16, 2014 All Things Hoon


Friend of Hooniverse Joe Carioti was minding his own business at the Detroit Auto Show. He happened upon a 2015 Ford Mustang with its hood open. This is important, because none of the hoods were supposed to be open. Ford actually removed hood latches from the car to keep this from happening.

It’s even more important… because this is your first glimpse at the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder Mustang. Click past the jump for more pictures and a video.


Early word is that this mill will push out around 305 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. Since it’s an Ecoboost unit, it will certainly have a delightful torque curve, and it should prove to be a great match for the new Mustang.



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[Images copyright 2014 Hooniverse/Joe Carioti]

Currently there are "87 comments" on this Article:

  1. wisc47 says:

    BREAKING: Hooniverse has images pertaining to a NEW car before other auto websites.

  2. Nibbles says:

    The want is growing steadily. However I don't feel like getting laughed at by the wife because "could'a had a V8"

  3. Alff says:

    Best Mustang SVO ever

  4. seabass says:

    What an AMAZING piece of engineered… plastic.

  5. Eggwich James Dio says:

    I hope you buy Joe a case of beer, because this may be your biggest story ever.

  6. captdownshift says:

    i so want to be the first…to swap of of these lumps into a miata

  7. OA5599 says:

    "He happened upon a 2015 Ford Mustang with its hood open. This is important, because none of the hoods were supposed to be open. Ford actually removed hood latches from the car to keep this from happening."

    Removing the latches makes the hoods easier to open, because the latch (or sometimes other hardware) holds it down.

    Removing the hood release mechanism is an entirely different story.

  8. Eggshen says:

    Well I suppose there are some people excited about a 305HP 4 banger. For me I will take that 5.0 V-8 any day!

    • JayP2112 says:

      The potential is there for 350-375hp and 425lbft- with just a tune. Hopefully it will have a weight distribution advantage over the 5.0… but looking at it, that engine stands pretty tall in the saddle.

      This engine makes about the same power as my 2005 3v engine. Not the same noise though.

    • joshwebster84 says:


  9. Scandinavian Flick ★ says:

    I'd be really interested to see some numbers in regards to weight distribution versus the 5.0. From the look of it, there's about 1.5L less motor in front of the strut towers.

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/w4Hs5H3.png"&gt;

  10. Synchromesh says:

    I'd still rather have an STi with the same output minus the wing. I trust Subaru's 4-cyl engine far more than I'd ever trust Ford's.

  11. mdharrell says:

    I suppose it's possible to think of this development as a very narrow V4.

    <img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7401/11986871183_5893c450f0.jpg&quot; width="500">

  12. BradleyBrownell says:

    GIMME GIMME GIMME! I have driven the 5.0, and it's nice, but I'd rather have the 4. Insurance will be less, buy-in cost will be less, fuel consumption will be less. I'd bet it'll be lighter and better balanced.

    I'll take mine with a 6-speed, the track pack, and no other options, please.

  13. Number_Six says:

    I love how much this is pissing people off. For god's sake, if you don't want an I4 Mustang, simply do.not.buy.one. As for me, I'll continue to praise Duntov for every year we get another excellent car that exists purely to be a toy, whether it has 130HP or 630HP.

  14. name_too_long says:

    Depending on their respective pricing and how the new Mustang handles, it could be a viable competitor to the next Miata for the "cheap-fun" market.

    I know, it sounds crazy, but think about it. Right now, a base V6 Mustang costs less than a base Miata. If all you're looking for is fun you spend a bit more and buy the Miata because the current Mustang's rear suspension is from the 1960's (which means you can't really have fun with it anywhere but a track without the risk of killing someone).

    The 2015 Mustang has IRS, which should mean it will handle real-world corners like something from this century. Of course, IRS costs more (which is why the current Mustang doesn't have it), but that could be offset by the lower cost of a turbo-4 compared to the V6. So, in theory, the cost difference would be a wash and we could see a 300hp Mustang that actually handles in the real world for *less* than a smaller, less practical, Miata.

    The laws of physics dictate the Miata will still be more fun, but the gap will be smaller. When combined with the practicality gap, the 2015 Mustang becomes a legitimate contender in the "cheap toy that can still be used to commute" segment.

    • boost says:

      My Boss 302 sure handles real world corners as well or better than any other car over driven… Not sure how the irs will improve things. It'll sure make it harder to modify and race… And tires will probably wear faster. No big deal.

    • BobWellington says:

      Have you driven a current Mustang? And did it have the track pack?

      • name_too_long says:

        Yes, and yes.

        A 2013 GT with the track pack. Hitting a mid-corner bump caused the back end to step out on a "recommended" 35 mph corner I normally take at the full 50 mph speed limit without issue in my Miata. I've driven the same route in other cars, including a C5 Z06 and a monster WRX (so the incident with the Mustang wasn't down to power), and not had an issue.

        Is it a common situation to encounter? For most people, probably not; I like that road for test drives specifically because it challenges both car and driver. I still think it's a valid test and observation though since I very nearly put my friend's car in a ditch despite expecting, and being prepared for, some wonkiness.

        • BobWellington says:

          Ahh, ok. I wasn't sure if you were implying that it couldn't handle at all or something else. The mid-corner bump is certainly something I've heard the Mustang isn't good with, but otherwise people seem to be impressed with the handling considering that it's a solid axle.

          • name_too_long says:

            Oh no, the current Mustang handles fine under *most* circumstances. The problem is that under the sort of very specific circumstances you might encounter when out having fun in a car, it goes from "fun" to "holy-shit-I'm-going-to-die" without any real warning. Just knowing it can do that keeps you from fully enjoying it.

            The change to IRS should mean a mid-corner bump won't upset the new Mustang nearly as much.

            • BobWellington says:

              Yeah, I'm definitely quite interested to hear how the new one handles. If only I had the opportunity to drive one.

        • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq says:

          I'm curious if you recall what you did after it stepped-out. I've driven Volvos and trucks (and yes these are not the same as Mustang) that would bump steer like that and if I just kept my foot steady on the gas, maybe move a smidge-up if needed, and give a bit of counter steer, then a bit more gas after the the first oscillation, all was well every time. There's one turn where I routinely pretty much have to do this unless I want to get rear ended.

          • name_too_long says:

            I'd love to say I mashed the gas and drifted through the next six corners but the reality is I counter steered and pulled my foot out of it until I was back in control. Then stopped in the middle of the road and thanked my lucky stars I wasn't in the ditch.

            The problem with the road I was on is that there's only about eight inches of shoulder before you're, literally, in a ditch.

            • ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq says:

              Dang, then I would have bitten it royally in a Mustang with it's more engine, so it's good about the IRS then, thanks.

    • Maymar says:

      I think if we're honest, the EcoBoost Mustang will be no more of a real viable alternative to the Miata than the outgoing 300hp V6 Mustang is. I mean, capable of some very decent numbers, and a very good deal if you can keep away from the options list, but still, too big and heavy unless you're just going for a broad idea of fun.

      I'd hold off buying a Genesis Coupe for some time though.

  15. alfamale164s says:

    I had the luxury of lots of time with the new 4 cyl Mustang and shot a few hundred photos. It is a nice option, pulls very well, and gets good mileage. I have no idea if it will fall to pieces after 50,000 miles, but I like it so far. Time will tell.

  16. TurboBrick says:

    Mustang is supposed to be a cheap and fun car, so why not. Is it time to start looking for an SVO or Turbocoupe with a bad motor?

  17. racer139 says:

    What does this new mustang weigh? Say it weighs 3500lbs it will be fun but not awe inspiring.

    • BobWellington says:

      The current V6 coupe with a manual weighs about 3400 pounds, and this one is supposed to weigh less…we'll see.

  18. PhillipThomas25 says:


    Be sure to remind everyone about 16 times a week that you broke the story.

  19. Tony says:

    WOW what a shot! That Joe guy is a stud for sniffing that out!

  20. rennsport964 says:

    I don't know why, but that overflow tank bothers me. Maybe it's because it looks like it was tacked on as an afterthought.

  21. Rover1 says:

    Is the engine related to the Ecoboost 2 litre used in the Falcon? ( And Jaguar and Land Rover )
    <img src="http://www.carshowroom.com.au/carphoto/65/photoset/550/2012-Ford-Falcon-4D%20SEDAN-XT%20ECOBOOST-20120424171233316.jpg"width="400"&gt;


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