Ford Mustang in Europe Faces 52 HP Reduction Due to Emissions
Stringent European emissions rules pressure brands to downsize engines with turbocharging. So the new Ford Mustang remains an against-the-grain rarity by retaining a naturally aspirated V8. Unfortunately for UK buyers, detuning was required for compliance.
The familiar 5.0-liter “Coyote” Mustang GT engine now makes 440 horsepower and 397 pound-feet of torque in British specs — drops of 40 hp and 21 lb-ft. This still bests the 2015 Mustang’s initial 415 hp upon right-hand drive introduction, but trails the 2018+ North American version at 480 hp.
Given market dominance of 3- and 4-cylinder engines, European buyers should appreciate Ford finding way to deliver any V8 model. But the flagship Dark Horse aims higher at 448 hp and 397 lb-ft, though still trailing its 500+ hp US counterpart.
Performance holds up with 0-60 mph runs below 5 seconds, using the automatic transmission that also enables higher top speeds than the manual alternative. Prices reflect Europe’s luxury tax reality at around $84,000 for the Dark Horse; steep versus America’s $59,485 MSRP.
One looming question is whether Ford will export any hardcore Mustang GTD models overseas. The heavily upgraded V8 producing over 800 hp demands about $300,000 in limited allocations to approved buyers. European Mustang plans haven’t indicated interest in this ultra-exotic variant.
In any case, the ability to order any new Mustang GT or Dark Horse with visceral V8 power shows Ford’s commitment to preserving choice where possible amidst regulations and gas prices discouraging large engines.
Performance loyalists appreciate efforts to retain heritage elements like uncompromising sound and feel. The Mustang avoids high-tech forced induction in favor of timeless American muscle. Even if the numbers change, the soul remains for those valuing emotion alongside speed. Ford allows European buyers this intoxicating ticket to freedom as well.