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
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