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Rumor: 2020 Ford Mustang to Get Second EcoBoost Turbo

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2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium
2019 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium
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Some purists were positively baffled when Ford revealed that the Mustang was losing its base V6 and making its 2.3-liter EcoBoost the entry-level engine option. While the V6 doesn’t appear to be primed to make a comeback anytime soon, a report suggests that the 2020 Mustang may very well get a third option to slot between the EcoBoost and the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V8.

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Per Hagerty, a recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration filing shows two engine codes for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost. One shows an output of 310 horsepower with 93-octane, which is what the current Mustang EcoBoost delivers, but the second shows TBD. According to sources at Ford, this is an indication that the 2020 Ford Mustang will have a second turbo engine that generates more power than the base but less than the V8.

Hagerty suggests that the goal will be for the second 2.3-liter EcoBoost to exceed the 335-horsepower output of the Chevrolet Camaro’s 3.6-liter V6, and that the 350-horsepower EcoBoost engine offered in the now-discontinued Ford Focus RS would be the likeliest choice. Hagerty reached out to Ford for comment, and a spokesman offered only that Ford “is always elevating Mustang and will share more exciting news this spring.”

The 2020 model year already promises to be an eventful one for the Mustang thanks to the return of the Mustang Shelby GT500. Ford expects the Shelby GT500’s 5.2-liter aluminum alloy V8 with 2.65-liter supercharger and Tremec seven-speed dual-clutch to deliver over 700 horsepower, a mid-three-second 0-60 mph sprint, and a sub-11-second quarter-mile. The Ford Mustang Hybrid is also likely not far off with its launch scheduled for 2020.

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News Source: Hagerty