|2.3 liter, 305 h.p., turbo 4-cylinder engine available in the 2015 Mustang. Forged and heat-treated and bi-metallic|
or coated "everything," and a balance shaft--so it likes to rev.
Hotshoe and I discussed the 2015 Mustang at our January Great Pasta Blowout. As former and current owners, we (and Watchtower) have an active interest in what Ford is doing with the car. Neither of us has a problem with independent rear suspension: finally. But when I said I'd consider the 2.3 liter 4-cylinder turbo, Hotshoe grew quiet. I said, "Hey, it removes 200 pounds from the front axle. With a brake and suspension package, that sounds like the fastest Mustang in HSAX to me." He remained quiet. It turned out he was thinking about those coked-up, blown-up turbos of the '70's and '80's we'd heard about. (Yes, Hotshoe now owns a turbo: no one, not even the Great Wannabe, is immune to congnitive dissonance. But I'm pretty sure Hotshoe would order the 5 liter 4-cam V-8. I probably would too.)
It's said that the 2.3 turbo is aimed at Europeans, who pay 2-3 times what we do for gas. A right-hand drive version will be sold in the U.K., so it's not just a case of exporting a handful of cars for conversion. But Mr. Catchpole of evo TV seems skeptical about the reception it will get over there. Maybe, if you're a European who can afford a Mustang, you can afford the gas for a 5.0 V-8 too?
|Hotshoe and I didn't discuss styling, but it's only OK with me. Lower the hoodline and slope the nose, lose the creases,|
and lose the phony rear diffuser. My heretical idea: make the car 15% smaller.
It would be nice if the 2.3 turbo had less size and mass to push around. But then, I didn't have a problem in the 1990's when the car that became the Ford Probe was going to be the next Mustang. In retrospect, I was dead wrong about front drive. That's a bridge too far for the character, not to mention the image and heritage, of the car.
Full disclosure: I'm glad I had a chance to drive my cousin's 1966 GT 350 before he sold it. But I prefer my own '08 GT, although Watchtower assures me that even the Ford Racing suspension (ahem...) doesn't turn it into a sports car. The "manly car for manly men" feel of a GT 350 can get tiresome after a few cycles of clutch use and horsing it around street corners and parking lots. The muscle car piece of the pony car formula has never pushed my buttons. But putting more sport in the sporty is just fine with me.
So my question remains: if Mustang is going to offer a 2.3 liter 300 horsepower turbo 4, why not downsize the car to go with it? There's no reason the next Mustang redesign couldn't be a Capri-sized rear-driver with independent rear suspension. There would probably be room in the engine bay for a non-turbo V-8 smaller than the 5.0. A 3.5-ish would maintain the Mustang tradition and bring the car in at around 10 pounds per horsepower. And it wouldn't hurt a 50/50 weight distribution...much...