In a turn of events that may prove shocking to the Mustang faithful, yet should come as no surprise to anyone of sound body and mind that has actually driven a Mustang, a Ford official close to the 2015 Ford Mustang project announced in a press-only conference that the vaunted 5.0 Ford V8 will be shelved in favor of low-milage “pre-owned” V8s from the General Motors truck line.
The official was immediately whisked off stage after the announcement was made, but we were able to get our man on the scene to get a backstage interview after promising the nervous executive anonymity and a ride home once the mob dispersed.
“We really had a difficult time developing a power plant that could hold itself together under the abuse that the typical Mustang owner subjected the vehicle to: Dropping the clutch, several-minute-long burnouts, power-shifting, you name it; and this was all during the test drive! After much soul searching and viewing of drag racing and dyno videos on Youtube, we determined that the Gen III and Gen IV truck motors offered by General Motors solved this problem and made sound financial sense. Did you know that you can pick up a complete engine dropout from a late model pickup for under $1000? Mind blown!”
“Much as we brag about multiple camshafts, four valves per head, and horsepower per liter, have you actually tried to work on a mod motor? Serious PITA, let me tell you. As currently planned, the 5.3L will be used in the 49-state Mustang GT, while the 4.8L will be used for the California models. Meanwhile, the ‘big boy’ 6.0 is destined for the Shelby. Talk about a fast car.”
“Aside from the massive R&D and manufacturing savings, our marketing team got wind of the ‘The LS1 was touched by the hand of God’ images that have been floating around the internet for a few years now; they really think they can work that angle into our marketing for the European market.”
“End of the day, it’s all about delivering a car that the customer wants, and we found that all of the fast Mustangs were Chevy powered anyway, so why not save everyone the time and money and build the car right from the get-go?”