CEO Jim Farley says Ford’s perfectly happy to be the last bastion of the affordable V8 Sports Car.

Ford CEO: Fine With Being ‘Only One on the Planet Making an Affordable V8 Sports Car

“Mustang is going to celebrate its 60th anniversary coming up here. A lot of our competitors have left. They’ve come and gone. We never did that. We’ve always been there with Mustang. Sixty years, and it’s changed over time. We have EcoBoost, we have the Dark Horse now, and we’re going to continue to invest. And if we’re the only one on the planet making an affordable V8 sports car for everyone in the world, so be it.”

Farley didn’t stop his praise of the V8 engine there, either. He mentioned that Mustangs will race on six different continents on any given weekend throughout 2024, from IMSA and NASCAR in the United States to Australian Supercars and the World Endurance Championship. “That’s because we have a V8 engine,” Farley exclaimed.

There’s no solid timeline saying when Ford will stop making internal combustion engines, if ever within our lifetimes. More electrification is coming, no doubt, but the automaker is apparently sticking to high-performance cars that run (at least partially) on fuel. And if what we’ve seen from hybrid V8s so far is any indicator, we’re in for a ride if and when the Mustang finally makes that leap.


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