When the electric car is used to rescue thermal sports cars

The new Mustang is completely thermal. If she allows herself, it’s because there’s a Mustang Mach-E next door.

Last week was rich in new cars. But we haven’t covered them all here. It may seem surprising, but in 2022 there will still be big news on the market without the slightest trace of electrification! This was the case with the Ferrari Purosangue and the seventh generation Mustang.

For these two models, no hybrid or electric. And not even a hint of this kind of motorization in the near future. That could still happen on the Purosangue side, with the 296 GTB’s plug-in hybrid unit. Ferrari bet and communicated first on the V12, a way to show purists that this model, which dares to venture into the SUV segment, is a “real” Ferrari.

This is more surprising for the famous pony car, of which we expected to discover the first electrified generation, with at least a simple hybrid to start with. In 2018, Ford himself indicated that he was working on this type of version for the Mustang, suggesting a launch around 2020 or 2021.

A project abandoned for the sixth generation, but also with the seventh, which could have shaped the history of the model. The newcomer was presented with a 100% thermal range, which fills the blocks from the old one, namely a four-cylinder 2.3 Ecoboost and the good big V8, which will exceed 500 hp on a Dark Horse version.

Punishment XXL

The ecological transition, very little for Ford? On the contrary, the Blue Oval boasts of its ambitious plan for 100% electric vehicles. By 2023, it plans to sell 600,000 vehicles of its kind worldwide. In 2026, it will be two million. Is the brand having a harder time converting its icons? Not even, since the manufacturer already has in its offer an electric version of the F-150, its XXL pickup king of sales in the United States. And it’s a commercial success in Uncle Sam’s land, proof that Americans don’t swear by the V8.

But the Mustang has a different positioning. It is a sports coupe, with a more traditional clientele. And if it has become a global vehicle since its last generation, it is still mostly sold in North America, where CO2 restrictions are not particularly present.

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Europe is still a small business, so the model has not sought to adapt to a continent where the rules are already stricter. The French customer thus has to pay a wild bonus to afford a new copy (up to €50,000 in 2023). At least he can be content to find it straight from a Ford dealer while CAFE rules play spoilsport on our side of the Atlantic. This imposes CO2 quotas with fines.

The 911 hybrid is long overdue

At this point, Jim Farley, Ford boss, pointed out that the Mustang coupe (or convertible) was able to remain 100% thermal thanks to the presence of the Mustang Mach-E. The good start to the career of this SUV and the electric version of the Mustang allow the brand to lower its overall CO2 level. The manufacturer could thus afford an extra generation of the pony car without electricity. Those who cried against the Mach-E, with its recipe not worthy of the Mustang brand, can therefore thank it. Thanks to it, the “classic” Mustang will be able to make its V8 howl for a few more years.

Ford is of course not alone in playing CO2 tightrope. If Porsche has been talking about a 911 hybrid for years, it is in no rush to release it. The success of the Taycan, and above all the good share of sales of plug-in hybrids from the Cayenne and Panamera, makes it possible to keep 100% thermal fire pumps, as the GT3 RS presented this summer. On the Honda side, the all-new Civic Type R has not been deprived of Europe because the rest of the range is hybrid or electric.

However, we are at a turning point. Regulations pressure brands to change their sportswear without waiting for a deadline. Mercedes is getting ready to reveal a C-Class 63 AMG hybrid. In 2024, the new BMW M5 will be plug-in.

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