The Ford Mustang's Coyote V-8 Will Lose 10 HP in 2022

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Photo credit: DW Burnett / PUPPYKNUCKLES

The muscle car segment has long been defined by powerful V-8 engines here in the United States. The current crop of offerings from Detroit are all among the most powerful versions of the breed that we’ve ever seen, but it appears that will be changing slightly for the 2022 model year. As was first reported by Ford Authority, all Mustang models powered by the 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 will see a reduction in horsepower and torque for 2022. More specifically, the much-loved powertrain will be down 10 hp and 10 lb-ft of torque in both the GT and Mach 1 offerings.

"Changes were made to meet more stringent LEV III regulatory emissions requirements that resulted in a horsepower and torque reduction for the 5.0-liter V-8 engine," Ford Spokesperson Claire Carroll confirmed in a statement to R&T.

As emissions regulations continue to tighten around the globe, it is no surprise this move was made in the name of compliance. Ford isn't the only automaker to experience this as of late, as reports from earlier in the year noted that these sort of changes had to be made to the C8 Corvette’s naturally aspirated V-8 as well. That said, GM’s engineers were able to retain all of the motor’s horsepower and torque despite the tweaks.

Photo credit: Mack Hogan
Photo credit: Mack Hogan

This means the 2022 Mustang GT should arrive to market with 450 hp and 410 lb-ft, while the Mach 1 will make 470 hp and 410 lb-ft. Those are still respectable figures and remain comparable to offerings from Chevrolet and Dodge. That said, we’ll have to wait and see if customers are willing to accept a less powerful product. This hasn’t been a problem for the Blue Oval in Europe thus far, where the Mustang GT makes just 444 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

Ordering for the 2022 Mustang is reportedly open now, with deliveries expected to take place during Q1 of next year.

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