Update: 2015 Ford Mustang Official Specs Revealed

Cars, News I By Bradley Iger I July 22, 2014
The pony car wars show no signs of letting up any time soon. While the new Dodge Challenger, and particularly the 707hp Hellcat variant, have been stealing the limelight as of late, Ford has just announced the official specifications and output figures for its all-new Mustang, which is set to hit showrooms later this year.
As the Mustang moves up the ladder in terms of refinement, both through more standard content and its long-awaited move to a fully independent rear suspension from the solid-axle design that’s been a staple of Mustangs since the car debuted in 1964, many have worried that the car would gain quite a bit of weight for the 2015 model year.
It’s true that the Mustang has packed on a few pounds, but thankfully the numbers revealed are small enough to be largely negligible. The base Mustang, equipped with the V6 – which now outputs 300 horsepower, strangely down 5hp from last year’s model – with the automatic transmission weighs just 12 pounds more than the outgoing model at 3530 pounds, while the biggest weight gains are seen in the GT model, up 87 pounds to 3705 when equipped with the manual transmission, or 3729 with the automatic gearbox, there a gain of 54 pounds.
While weight gain in performance vehicles is rarely a welcome sign, Ford points out that the power-to-weight ratios actually improve for 2015, albeit by a rather small amount. The 5.0-liter V8 in the Mustang GT is now officially rated at 435 horsepower and 400lb-ft of torque, up 15 ponies and 10 pound-feet from the 2014 model, and should make the Mustang’s minimal weight gain largely unnoticeable. The 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four cylinder engine, a new offering for 2015 and the first time a turbo has been installed by the factory in a Mustang since 1986, officially outputs 310 horsepower and 320lb-ft of torque, slotting it in between the base V6 model and the GT in the Mustang portfolio.
Pricing is now also out in the wild, with the base V6 model priced at $24,425, the EcoBoost coming in at $25,995 and the GT starting at $32,925, all of which include the $825 destination charge.
Check out the press release below for more details on the new Mustang, and keep an eye on the 2015 Ford Mustang overview page for updates as we have them.
Horsepower Unleashed – Motivating the All-New Ford Mustang with Improved Power-to-Weight Ratios
— 5.0-liter V8 headlines all-new Ford Mustang lineup with 435 horsepower and 400 lb.- ft. of torque and improved power-to-weight ratio
— New 2.3-liter EcoBoost® brings turbocharging and direct injection to Mustang with 310 horsepower and 320 lb.-ft. of torque – best-ever power density from a Ford engine
— Manual transmission provides smoother shifting than previous Mustangs; automatic transmission features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and downshift rev- matching
DEARBORN, Mich., July 17, 2014 – The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang offers three great engines including a standard 300-horsepower V6, a brand-new 310-horsepower EcoBoost® or an upgraded 435-horsepower V8. Each powerplant is available with either a manual or automatic transmission that makes the pony car a great all-around performer – no matter how the equipment is mixed and matched to suit any individual driving style.
The fewer the pounds a car carries for every unit of horsepower generated by the engine, the quicker and nimbler it feels, making power-to-weight ratio a key measure of performance. A recent study by Autoblog of cars currently available in the U.S. market puts Mustang at the top of the charts in power-to-weight ratio for all three price categories a customer can specify.
Mustang extends its lead further for 2015 with the EcoBoost-powered fastback now carrying fewer than 11.4 pounds per horsepower; Mustang GT has as few as 8.52 pounds per horsepower.
Less is more, EcoBoost comes to Mustang
The addition of a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine brings turbocharging to the Mustang powertrain lineup. This engine was designed specifically for Mustang, to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency.
The geometry of the EcoBoost intake manifold and turbocharger housing has been optimized to provide better breathing and higher output in Mustang. Producing 310 horsepower and 320 lb.- ft. of torque, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine fits the bill for a true Mustang powerplant – with the highest power density yet from a Ford engine.
"This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output Mustang drivers expect, regardless of the car’s speed," said Scott Makowski, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager. "It delivers where a Mustang driver expects it to – with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions."
The newest member of Ford’s global EcoBoost engine family, the 2.3-liter continues to take advantage of state-of-the-art technologies including direct fuel injection, twin independent variable camshaft timing and turbocharging to produce big-engine power and torque with improved fuel efficiency.
The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that provides quicker boost response while enabling lower emissions and improved efficiency. The cylinder head features an integrated exhaust manifold that separates the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into each of the two inlet passages to the turbo.
Keeping the exhaust pulses separated from the next cylinder in the firing order virtually eliminates mixing losses and maximizes the pulse energy to the turbine wheel. The result is similar performance to a more complex twin-turbocharger configuration, meaning quicker turbine spin-up and torque delivery when the driver needs it for passing maneuvers.
The separated exhaust ports also enable the exhaust valves to stay open longer for reduced pumping losses that improve specific fuel consumption compared to a single-scroll turbocharger configuration.
With a compact mill generating nearly 135 horsepower per liter and more than 139 lb.-ft. of torque per liter – powering a performance car whose drivers are more inclined to use it – ensuring engine durability was critical. Enhancements to the Mustang EcoBoost engine to withstand the added stresses include:
— Forged-steel crankshaft
— Piston-cooling jets
— Steel piston ring carriers
— Premium bearing materials
— Upgraded valve seat materials
— Forged-steel connecting rods
— High-pressure die-cast aluminum cylinder block with ladder-frame bearing caps
— Deep-sump, die-cast aluminum oil pan
The beating heart of a pony
No Ford Mustang engine lineup would be complete without a great V8 engine at its core. The 5.0-liter V8 powers into a new generation with a host of upgrades that help it breathe better, especially at higher engine speeds. Many of these changes are derived from lessons learned in developing the special-edition 2012 Mustang Boss 302.
Getting air into the cylinders and exhaust out is key to generating more power and torque from any engine. That has been the focus in the development of this V8, which features:
— Larger intake valves
— Larger exhaust valves
— Revised intake camshafts
— Revised exhaust camshafts
— Stiffer valve springs ensure valves close completely at high rpm
— New cylinder head casting – revised ports provide straighter path to the valves for less
restrictive intake and exhaust flow; combustion chamber modifications accommodate
larger valves
— Sinter forged connecting rods are lighter and more durable for high-rpm operation
— Redesigned piston tops – deeper cutouts clear the new larger valves
— Rebalanced forged crankshaft to support higher-rpm operation
These upgrades have boosted output of the V8 to 435 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.
A new intake manifold includes charge motion control valves to partially close off port flow at lower engine speeds. This increases the air charge tumble and swirl for improved air-fuel mixing, resulting in better fuel economy, improved idle stability and lower emissions.
The variable camshaft timing on the intake side now has a greater range of adjustment available thanks to mid-lock phasers. This enables better optimized control of the valve timing over a broader range of engine speeds and loads for improved fuel economy and emissions.
Shifting gears
More than most drivers, Mustang owners like to take control and shift for themselves. Whether they select a fully manual gearbox or the updated automatic transmission, the experience will be better than in any previous pony.
The manual has a new shift linkage design for easier engagement and improved precision. The shift lever is now positioned closer to the driver and away from the cupholders, creating a clear path for shifting.
Mustang blends outstanding all-around performance and everyday usability. Drivers who prefer to let the car handle the shifting during their daily work run, but who still want to take control when the roads get twisty, will appreciate the new steering wheel-mounted shift paddles with rev-matching downshifts – now standard with the SelectShift® six-speed automatic transmission.
The automatic also features a redesigned case with cast-in ribs that help make it stiffer and reduce weight. Internally, clutches are optimized and operating temperature increased to reduce friction. The output shaft is now supported by a ball bearing that enables a top speed of 155 mph for Mustang GT.
With a choice of powertrains to suit driving preferences and lifestyles, the new Mustang has cutting-edge technology under the hood to match its modern design. Yet regardless of engine choice, the car remains quintessentially Mustang.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 183,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.

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