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Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needs

Ford Mustang EcoBoost lacks the edginess a muscle car needs

Posted on 11/16/2018 by Bernie V - Leave a Comment
If you follow the automobile industry at all, you probably know that Ford will be discontinuing production of all its passenger sedans and focusing on SUVs and trucks within the next few years. Fiesta, Fusion, Focus, Taurus, etc., all gone.

The single exception is the Mustang, which will carry on. And just last week I read that the company is considering a four-door version of it, which should be interesting. But not completely surprising.

Back in the 1960s, Ford actually put forward a prototype or two of a station wagon version of the Mustang. It didnâ€********t look half-bad and a few of them are still in the hands of private collectors.

In the meantime, the Mustang will be on the receiving end of various upgrades and refinements, including an EcoBoost version, which I drove recently. This is one of eight variations of the latest iteration of Fordâ€********s pony car.

Mustang EcoBoost

Power for the Ford Mustang EcoBoost is provided by a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder engine thatâ€********s turbocharged and develops some 310 horsepower
Power for the EcoBoost is provided by a 2.3-litre, four-cylinder thatâ€********s turbocharged and develops some 310 horsepower. Itâ€********s not the first time Ford has offered this kind of powerplant – way back when, you could get the third generation Mustang SVO with a turbo four cylinder – same displacement, too.

It can be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or, as was the case with my tester, a 10-speed automatic. I really had some issues with this gearbox (more on that later). The transmissions offer similar fuel economy: 9.4 and 9.7 litres/100 kilometres combined rating, respectively.

With seating for four adults, the EcoBoost actually has some trunk space – 383 litres, according to Ford – and itâ€********s available as the familiar fastback or a convertible. Both have the same drivetrain.

And I would strongly advise against the automatic. My tester couldnâ€********t seem to make up its mind what gear to be in and seemed to upshift and downshift willy-nilly during city driving. On the highway, no problem, but this gearbox is very hyperactive.

You can shift manually with the optional steering wheel-mounted paddles, but that gets pretty tedious after a while.

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