Rumors of an electrified Ford Mustang are beginning to swirl again. This time a Mustang forum has found evidence to suggest Ford may be working on hybrid variants of the Mustang, including a possible hybrid V-8 engine.
Over at Mustang7G.com they discovered a LinkedIn profile of a Ford employee as the basis of this information. According to the forum, the LinkedIn profile references two hybrid powertrains. The first is based on Ford 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine, while the other one appears to be based on the Coyote V-8. While LinkedIn profiles seem like a strange place to find future product information, it has netted out to be a solid source in the past.
It’s worth noting that Ford does not offer any hybrid V-8’s today, though rumors have swirled for years that the company was working on some. Given Ford’s push to electrify its lineup, it would not be that surprising if Ford decided to pair a hybrid motor with the Coyote V-8 for a range-topping Mustang. We’re seeing a similar pivot from other performance brands, such as Mercedes-AMG.
The Mustang already features Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. This rear-wheel drive transmission is designed to be electrified, which enables Ford to hybridize vehicles with this transmission easier than those without it. In fact, this transmission is found in the Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid and Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring.
Speaking of the F-150 hybrid, the V-6 hybrid powertrain found under the hood of it would also be a good fit for the Mustang. In the F-150 it generates 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. Apparently Ford thinks the Mustang needs more gusto from a hybrid powertrain than that though. Stay tuned to see if any of these rumors yield an electrified Mustang.