Re: Mustang Hybrid to be V8-Powered?
Well, with hypercars now embracing hybrid tech and electrification growing everywhere, it's a predictable way forward. I'll be one of the skeptics for awhile, as adding weight and complication to vehicles brings out the growling curmudgeon in me...but now that I live in Western Washington with slimy roads being a normal part of my existence, the idea of an AWD Mustang doesn't diminish the brand for me. ****, one of my absolute "Holy Grail" Fords has been the RS200 for over 30 years.
I could see the Mustang getting a similar treatment to Porsche's 911, with AWD versions of normal models becoming common. If the next GT-500 or Mach 1 were to attain stupendous performance via a V8 sharing drive duties with electric motors powering the front wheels, and the driving experience was excellent (the most important consideration), I think the previous Shelby models have shown that there's room for top-tier, high-money Mustangs.
All that said...yeah, I just want my resto-modded 1971 Mach 1 and my Ecoboost-powered XR4Ti.
If GM can justify Buick, and if Honda can justify Acura, we can damned well have Mercury back.