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Ford Mustang SVO


Ford Mustang SVO

Putting a four-cylinder engine and pushing it as a high-performance model gave Ford a hard time in 1984. They were just reacting to higher fuel prices and the demand for smaller-engined cars, using the 'Fox' platform from regular Mustangs and fitting an uprated version of their 140ci (2.3-liter) engine. The four-cylinder came in 88bhp (65kW) form as standard, but the addition of a turbo gave it 143bhp (107kW). This wasn't enough to ensure good sales, however, so power was upped for 1985 1/2 cars onwards to 175bhp (130kW) with 15psi boost. In 1986 it was the best for power and handling, thanks to the lightweight engine. A stiffer front anti-roll bar, rear anti-roll bar, uprated springs, and adjustable Koni shocks made cornering very rapid, while four-wheel disc brakes brought the stopping power up to scratch. Cheaper fuel brought the V8 back, and the SVO was no more after 1986.

Ford Mustang SVO Specifications

Top speed:140 mph (224 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):6.7 sec
Engine type:In-line four
Displacement:140 ci (2,294 cc)
Transmission:5-speed manual
Max power:205 bhp (153 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:240 lb ft (325 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Weight:3,036 lb (1,380 kg)
Economy:25 mpg (8.9 km/I)
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