When electric car is used to save thermal sports cars

The new Mustang is all thermal. If she allows herself, it’s because she has the Mustang Mach-E next to her.

Last week was rich in new cars. But we don’t cover all of them here. It may seem surprising, but in 2022, big news still hits 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 an evocation of this type of engine in the near future. It could still happen on the Purosangue side, with the 296 GTB’s rechargeable hybrid set. Ferrari first bet and communicated 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 most surprising for the famous pony car, of which we were hoping to discover the first electrified generation, with at least a simple hybrid to begin with. In 2018, Ford himself indicated he was working on this type of version for the Mustang, evoking a release around 2020 or 2021.

An abandoned project for the sixth generation, but also with the seventh, which could have marked the history of the model. The newcomer was presented with 100% thermal autonomy, which takes up the blocks of the old one, namely a four-cylinder 2.3 Ecoboost and the good big V8, which will exceed 500 hp in a Dark Horse version.

XXL penalty

The ecological transition, too little for Ford? On the contrary, the blue oval is proud of its ambitious plan for 100% electric vehicles. By 2023, it plans to sell 600,000 vehicles of this type worldwide. In 2026, there will be two million. Does the brand then have more difficulty converting its icons? Not even, as the manufacturer already offers an electric version of the F-150, its XXL pickup truck, which is 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 takes a different stance. It is a sports coupe, with a more traditional clientele. And if it has become a global vehicle since its last generation, it continues to be sold mostly in North America, where CO2 restrictions are not very present.

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Europe remains a small exit, so the model did not seek to adapt to a continent where the rules are already stricter. The French customer will thus have to pay a delusional bonus to purchase a new copy (up to €50,000 in 2023). He might at least be content to meet you directly at a Ford dealership, while CAFE regulations throw spoilers our side of the Atlantic. This imposes CO2 quotas, under penalty of a fine.

The 911 hybrid is long overdue

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

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

However, we are at an inflection point. Regulations put pressure on brands to change their sportswear, without waiting for a deadline. Mercedes is preparing to introduce a C-Class 63 AMG hybrid. In 2024, the new BMW M5 will be plug-in.

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