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 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.
The drop in power is related to emissions compliance, a Ford spokesperson confirmed to Road & Track. As emissions regulations continue to tighten around the globe, these kinds of adjustments are becoming more common. Ford isn’t the only automaker to experience this as of late, as reports from earlier in the year noted that these sorts 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.
“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.
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