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2013-12-09 08:55

NEW MUSTANG HEADED FOR SA: Ford's new Mustang will go global in 2014 with plans to launch the iconic muscle car in South Africa in 2015. Image: NEWSPRESS

Ford’s iconic Mustang is headed for South Africa. While Ford SA is tight-lipped on details of its SA-bound muscle car, we have more information on the engines and transmissions of the new model. Check out our gallery!

BARCELONA, Spain  – Wheels24 has already reported that Ford’s iconic pony car, the Mustang, is headed for South Africa in right-hand drive guise but now we have more information about the engines and drivetrain of Ford’s seminal muscle car.

Gallery: 2014 Ford Mustang

The new Mustang will be offered with three petrol engines (2.3-litre EcoBoost, 3.7 V6 and 5.0 V8) and two transmissions (six-speed manual or auto).


The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost is the first Ford engine to use have a low-inertia twin-scroll turbocharger that "provides quicker boost response, improved efficiency and lower emissions".

The EcoBoost engine, developed specifically for the Mustang, has a projected output of more than 227kW/400Nm.

EcoBoost engine engineering manager Scott Makowksi said:  “This EcoBoost engine delivers the healthy output that Mustang drivers expect, at any speed, with a broad, flat torque curve and great driveability under any conditions.”

The cylinder head has an 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 “eliminates mixing losses and maximises pulse energy to the turbine wheel".

Ford says the result is quicker torque delivery and performance similar to that of a twin-turbo configuration.


No Mustang line-up would be complete without a V8 and the one powering the top model of the proposed 2014 range has a number of  upgrades: larger intake and exhaust valves, revised intake and exhaust cams and stiffer valve springs. It also has a new cylinder head.

These upgrades, Ford says, enable to the V8 to generate 318kW/529Nm and "will result in improved fuel-consumption and lower emissions".

The middle child of the engine line-up is the 3.7 V6 that's capable of 227kW.


Paddle-shifts are standard with the Mustang's six-speed auto and Getrag manual have  been designed "to improve precision".

The model has improved suspension, torque vectoring and launch control. The wheelbase is identical to that of its predecessor but the new car is wider, marginally shorter and lower than before, reports Ford.

The cabin has improved trim that includes a metal-slab facia, updated controls, new three-spoked steering wheel and an upgraded infotainment system with Ford Sync.

Models destined for South Africa have yet to be confirmed.


Gail Wise didn’t know she was getting anything special when she drove away from a Chicago Ford dealership in the spring of 1964 in a new Ford Mustang.

As it happened, it was the first pony car - car sale No.1 - of perhaps the most iconic car in the world.

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