Will the 2018 Ford Mustang GT Convertible Have 470 Horsepower?
For starters, Ford will no longer be offering the 3.7-liter V6 engine with the Mustang. The V6 has served as the Mustang’s base engine for years, but it’s been replaced by the EcoBoost four-cylinder, which provides more horsepower and increased fuel economy. Other updates include the availability of a 10-speed automatic transmission and MagneRide suspension, as well as minor cosmetic changes to the front end.
Ford also revealed that the four-cylinder and V8 engine options will provide more horsepower for the 2018 model year. The 5.0-liter V8 will feature direct and port injection, which at least partially explains how Ford engineers were able to squeeze more juice from the Mustang’s big V8. The only catch is Ford won’t reveal exactly how much power has been added, but a recent Tweet from Mike Levine does offer a few clues. If you’re not familiar with Levine, he’s the Ford Product Communications manager for North America.
— Mike Levine (@mrlevine) January 18, 2017
In the image above, you can see the digital instrument cluster in this particular Mustang has 1,964.5 miles on the odometer. That’s a reference to the first Mustangs ever produced. Those cars reached dealerships as 1964.5 model year vehicles. In addition, the 289 miles to empty reading is alluding to the first-gen Mustang GT’s 289-cubic-inch V8 engine.
Other hints found in the Tweet include the car being in fourth gear and traveling at a speed of 55 mph. When combined, this could infer the GT’s revised engine might offer 455 lb-ft of torque, while the car’s 4,700 rpms could represent 470 horsepower.
Ford has yet to release official ratings, so this is all just speculation at this point, but 470 horsepower would make the new ‘Stang more powerful than the sixth-generation Camaro SS and its 455 ponies.
Ford plans to bring the 2018 Mustang to 50 regional auto shows before the sports car goes on sale this fall. The automaker will continue offering the Mustang in both coupe and convertible models.
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