Ford’s New turbocharged 2016 2.3L Ecoboost Mustang packs 310 horsepower. How does that stack up to the most powerful Mustangs over the years?
A quick glance at the graph above puts things into perspective. Through the years, the Ford Mustang has offered plenty of powerful cars. However, most could not match the 310 horsepower the new 2016 Mustang 2.3L Ecoboost puts out. Our take-away after a close look at this graph is that there were only a handful of years when the Mustang, normally the GT, had more power than the 2015 EcoBoost 2.3L. Pony-cars are all about torque too, and here the Ford turbo shines. 320 ft-lb of torque, much of which is found down low in the RPM range. The graph shows that other than the modern V8 Mustangs since 2010, only a couple years had power above 310 hp. That is except the first-generation. If you believe those old 1960s hp ratings, good for you!
The outstanding torque from this engine allows Ford to gear the Mustang for fuel economy. The Mustang’s 2.3-liter turbo earns an EPA-estimated 26 MPG combined rating. That is about 25% better than the 5.0-liter V8 and almost 20% better than the V6 Mustang’s 22 MPG combined.
Ford is a generous supplier of test vehicles to our local media fleet, and many of us have now driven the Mustang with the four-cylinder EcoBoost. Read our full review here. The consensus is the engine is a winner, just like the two EcoBoost engines in the F-150 and those in the Ford Escape. The only negative chatter is that the engine is “Too refined.” Meaning it does not have a distinctive punch in the back like some turbos. My personal take after driving the car in a local event is that the EcoBoost makes the Mustang feel very “grown-up.” There is most certainly a market for a refined Mustang with excellent fuel economy. Personally, I prefer the Mustangs that feel like a cannonball just hit the back of my seat when I floor it. Don’t be surprised if Ford tunes this 2.3-turbo to have that feeling soon.
Top of page chart courtesy of BlueSpringsFordParts.com and Spork Marketing.