The 2011 Ford Mustang is without a doubt my favorite petrol-powered car out right now. At least among those I can afford… I mean, who wouldn’t want a Bugatti Veyron if they could afford it? It has gotten more powerful, and more fuel efficient, and as many media outlets are reporting, it can also handle in the twisties quite well.
But despite all of this, if Ford is truly serious about its “One Ford” strategy of sharing parts and components between different global markets, that means the Mustang won’t be exclusive to America for much longer. But in order to meet stringent European emissions standards, Ford would have to make some drastic changes like… a diesel engine?!?
Ford has offered the Mustang for sale in Europe before, although it never seems to be a lasting engagement. It could be the cost, or the gas mileage, or the general misconception that American cars only do well in a straight line. Speaking strictly in terms of fuel efficiency though, the Mustang’s 5.0 liter V8 engine just doesn’t meet the ever-increasing European emissions standards. And although it’s 3.7 liter v6 might do the trick (rated at 31 mpg highway by EPA standards), Europeans often clamor for even higher fuel efficiency. In this realm, Ford has lots of different diesel engines at its disposal across the pond.
Chief Mustang engineer Dave Pericak discussed what it would be like bringing the Mustang to Europe today during an interview with Autoline After Hours. For example, Ford has a 3.0 liter turbodiesel V6 engine that goes in various Jaguar models (back when Ford still owned Jaguar). This engine is capable of 270 horsepower and… hold your breath… 433 ft-lbs of torque, while delivering almost 35 mpg. Not a tremendous jump over the v6 Mustang, but Jaguar tends to make some rather heavy vehicles (the XF model tips the scales at just over two tons) whereas the Mustang weighs around 3,600 pounds so the fuel economy of this engine in a Mustang would likely be higher.
I’m not banking on Ford making such a move… but it would be interesting, don’t you agree? Enthusiasts have made their own diesel Mustangs with some very impressive results (800 horsepower, 35 mpg!) So there could be a market for such a vehicle… even in America. Just don’t expect to see it anytime soon.