Throughout the last decades, we have witnessed the decline of the internal combustion blocks with many cylinders and high cubic capacity, especially in our continent. For some years now, we have been contemplating the definitive decline of all types of combustion engines, a trend that also seems to be occurring with greater intensity here in Europe. In a world of global manufacturers, these are gradually abandoning this type of configuration, causing in turn the disappearance of historical models whose survival depends to a large extent on incorporating certain engines. This is the case of American muscle cars, traditionally powered by a V8, many of which are leaving the market at the moment.
However, there are still some die-hards who stick to their vee-eight offensive and who, moreover, have no intention of changing their strategy. As with the Ford Mustang, for which it has been confirmed, from within the company, the survival of the V8 in its engine compartment is in future generations.
This is news that means that Ford stands out from the strategies implemented by other brands for their equivalent models in the muscle car segment. Without going any further, Dodge has been saying goodbye to its combustion engine Charger and Challenger for some time, and its future electric versions are already confirmed. Chevrolet, for its part, has also abandoned the production of its muscle car powered by a V8, although it has not yet revealed whether the Camaro brand will continue in its catalog as a battery car.
It is not the first time that Camaros and Challengers are not in the segment. But we have been here continuously since 1965. We are not concerned that the segment is disappearing,” said Ford Mustang marketing director Jom Owens.
The Oval brand, although it has also acknowledged that it has carried out tests aimed at studying a possible electric version of its Ford Mustang, prefers not to take this step for now. His Ford Mustang Mach-E, initially criticized for taking a name so linked to the most famous muscle car of all time, may serve to keep the traditional Ford Mustang safe from this type of experiment. And it is that the global director of Ford Performance Motorsports, Mark Rushbrook, has recently confessed that they ruled out following this path with their historic model since they consider that there are still many customers who are looking for “a sports car with fantastic driving, with an equally fantastic and with manual transmission”.
In this way, Ford is committed to continuing to develop its V8 Coyote, which is already in its fourth generation, for future iterations of the model. As long as anti-pollution regulations, particularly those implemented in the United States of America, allow them to continue marketing vehicles with this type of internal combustion engine in their engine compartment.
This information demonstrates Ford’s commitment to the recipe that has given its Ford Mustang so much success and has made it one of the symbols of the industry globally. Even though we could consider it a decision based on highly sentimental motivations —because yes, we love that Ford stands out from the competition in this way—, we cannot ignore that the American brand will also benefit financially from converting its Ford Mustang into a car with no equivalent rival in the market, as long as the institutions allow it.