Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: | posted December 06, 2013 16:11
Comes turbocharged to complement the standard 5.0L V8 and 3.7L V6 engines
The whole world was glued to the online broadcast of the all-new Ford Mustang global reveal in Australia on December 5 8pm (Philippine time). The new sleek and sophisticated design is inspired by its 50-year heritage and is clearly aimed at the younger generation of muscle car lovers.
Aside from a fresh exterior, Ford Motor Company included a new engine option in the Mustang line-up. Not only does it come with the 5.0L V8 and 3.7L V6, but it also will be available with the new 2.3-liter EcoBoost®; turbocharging the Mustang and bringing outstanding power and torque plus an expected class-leading fuel efficiency.
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine is designed to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and projected best-in-class fuel efficiency. The intake manifold and turbocharger housing are optimized to provide better breathing and higher output in Mustang.
With an estimated 305-plus horsepower and 300-plus lb.-ft. of torque, this EcoBoost engine fits the bill for a true Mustang powerplant.
“This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output that Mustang drivers expect regardless of the speed. This EcoBoost engine might be small in displacement, but it delivers where a Mustang driver expects it with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions,” said Scott Makowksi, EcoBoost powertrain engineering manager.
The new 2.3-liter EcoBoost® is the newest addition to the lineup of Ford’s EcoBoost® engines. It offers 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 Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost® uses a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that provides quicker boost response while enabling lower emissions and improved efficiency, the very first Ford engine to do so. The cylinder head features an integrated exhaust manifold that separates the inner and outer pairs of cylinders into each inlet passage to the turbo.
Keeping the exhaust pulses separated from the next cylinder in the firing order eliminates mixing losses and maximizes pulse energy to the turbine wheel. The result is quicker torque delivery when the driver needs it for passing maneuvers and similar performance to a twin-turbocharger configuration.
The separated exhaust ports also enable the exhaust valves to stay open longer for reduced pumping losses that improve specific fuel consumption by about 1 percent.
A small engine delivering 305 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque from a car that will frequently be driven in a highly-spirited fashion, needed to be heavy-duty. So to withstand the added stresses, Mustang’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost® will 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
It will be available with either a Getrag manual with new shift linkage design for shorter throws and improved precision or an automatic featuring a redesigned case with cast-in ribs that help make it stiffer and reduce the weight.