As the world heads toward a future where zero emissions and carbon neutrality are the new norm, high-performance sports cars and supercars with gas-guzzling internal combustion engines (ICE) will soon be a relic of the past. The effect of these ever-stricter emission standards meant that the Ford Mustang will be receiving performance revisions for 2022.
According to Ford Authority, the 2022 Ford Mustang GT and Mach 1’s 5.0-liter Coyote V8 gasoline engine will see a 10 horsepower drop. For the Mustang GT, this means it will now produce 450 horses instead of 460, while the Mach 1 will be detuned to 470 horsepower. Both models will also see their torque figures dropped to 556 Nm, down by 13.5 Nm compared to the previous model year.
Whether this also affects the Philippine-market Ford Mustang GT still remains to be seen.
It is surprising to note, however, that the more powerful Mustang Shelby GT500 and its 5.2-liter supercharged V8 will continue to produce 760 horsepower and 847 Nm of torque for the 2022 model year.
The main reason for the Ford Mustang GT and Mach 1’s decline in horsepower is due to the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV III) regulatory requirement, which was introduced in California in 2012. This reasoning was confirmed by a Ford spokesperson to Road and Track.
While these figures may disappoint fans, 450 and 470 horsepower are still good numbers for a muscle car.
With these performance changes in mind, will this lead you to head towards the nearest Ford dealer before the drop in horsepower take effect? Will this limit the appeal of the Mustang here in the Philippines? Let us know in the comments section.