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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Report: Ford may drop the Shelby name to make way for a potential SVT Cobra revival, and no more supercharger?


Road&Track magazine confidently reports on some new details that have emerged regarding the all-new much-anticipated next generation Ford Mustang.

That said, word is that Ford has finally bitten the bullet to give the 2015 Ford Mustang a fully independent suspension versus the long-standing tradition of using a solid rear-axle at the back, which has always been the Mustang’s Achilles Heel against the competition.


Expectations for under the hood include the same usual mixture of either a V6 or Ford’s most recent Coyote “5.0” 5.0L modular V8. But the biggest piece of news in the mill department—which has been a rumor for quite some time—is the addition of a 2.3L EcoBoost four-banger, marking the first time the Mustang has used a four-cylinder engine since the third generation “Foxbody” from the 1980s and early 1990s.

But in an interest twist with this report, R&T reports that Ford will apparently be dropping its Mustang alliance with Shelby to make way for a potential revival of the SVT name, most particularly SVT “Cobra,” which will have many ‘Stang fans rustling about. Additionally, the engine in said supposed SVT Cobra might drop the crank-driven forced induction as well.


Though nothing has been confirmed from the lion’s den as of yet. Either way, the next generation has been under close watch by both Ford and most of all, its fanbase. Many have voiced their concern about Ford’s direction with the next gen Mustang. But as we inch closer to the launch of the new Mustang, more details will indubitably be rolling out over time. That said, have the new reports eased any tension? Let us know in the comment section.

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