Ford preparing new Mustang SVO?

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Words: Nile Bijoux
5 Apr 2019

Ford is reportedly working on a new entry-level performance Mustang, possibly to be known as the SVO.

Overseas reports are claiming that Ford will debut the additional go-fast pony car at the New York Auto Show, which kicks off on April 19. No confirmed details are available yet but those close to the matter reckon a reborn SVO is likely.

For those unaware, the Mustang SVO was built from 1984 through to 1986 and was fitted with a turbocharged 2.3-litre inline four. It made 153kW (the same as the V8 of the day) but the smaller engine meant the SVO was quicker on its feet, aided by upgraded suspension and brakes.

The 2.3-litre displacement means there’s some aspect of carrying on traditions in the modern ‘Stang and, given the outgoing Focus RS manages 257kW from a similar-sized engine, we’d expect Ford to coax much the same power for the SVO.

SVO and ST rumours have been in the mix since the turbocharged Mustang emerged in 2015. With the recent news of Ford wanting to keep the current model around until well into the 2020s, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company has been sitting on a hopped-up EcoBoost Mustang to keep demand going for a bit longer.

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