2020 New Ford Mustang GT
Ford CEO Mark Fields made the announcement in a Tuesday press conference at the automaker’s Flat Rock, Mich. assembly plant, where the Mustang is currently built. Fields also announced a hybrid F-150 and a 300-mile all-electric SUV will debut alongside the hybrid Ford Mustang GT in 2020.
In addition, Business Insider’s recently crowned 2016 Car of the Year is Acura’s new NSX hybrid supercar. One of the attributes that impressed us the most was the NSX’s hybrid drive system, which enables the car to launch off the line swiftly and consistently.
Aside from fuel economy, hybrid systems do have at least one performance advantage. An electric motor and battery pack combine to provide instant off-the-line torque. That torque fill could allow Ford to use larger turbos that take longer to spool up. The result would be more power.
Ford Mustang GT Engine
It’s not immediately clear whether the Ford Mustang GT Hybrid would be powered by a turbocharged engine. On Tuesday, Ford announced that its utility vehicles—Transit Custom and perhaps F-150—would have hybrid powertrains mated to a forced-induction engine, but no announcement was made about the Ford Mustang GT. A turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 currently offers V-6 power at 310 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque, and that sounds like a great base for the hybrid setup.
Part of the appeal of a muscle car/sports car is the experience, the sound, the rumble. Having V-8 power is great, but can a hybrid deliver that experience? Perhaps not, but if the trade-off is more power and better fuel economy, it may be worthwhile.
Ford Mustang GT Performance
This is how a 5,000 lb. Tesla Model X SUV can give Ferraris trouble at a drag strip. It’s also how BMW’s hybrid I8 sports car can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds, and yet deliver 50 mpg of fuel economy.