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2022 Mustang Gains Options But Engine Output Suffers

Over the last several weeks, Ford began revealing new packages available on the 2022 Mustang. They include the Ice White Appearance Package and the Stealth Package, which joined the familiar California Special.

As evidenced by the 2022 Mustang Order Guide that recently hit the Internet, there are several other changes on the way, one of which few Mustang fans will like. Apparently, the ’22 Mustang Mach 1 and the various versions of the ’22 Mustang GT will lose 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque. As a result, they will only deliver 460 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque and 450 hp and 410 lb-ft of torque, respectively. No mechanical changes are listed in the order guide, so this reduction is likely the result of a more conservative calibration.

The change is being attributed to stricter emissions guidelines. However, given that 2022 may just be the final year of the S550, it reminds us of when Fox Mustang 5.0-liter output suddenly dropped from 220 in 1992 to 205 in 1993, just before a new Mustang generation launched with a 215-horsepower Mustang GT.

For 2022 Mustangs powered by Coyote engines, the new model year brings a downgrade. According to the order guide for the new models, the Mustang GT and Mach 1 are said to lose 10 horsepower and 10 lb-ft of torque, which has been attributed to tighter emissions regulations.

It’s not all bad news, however, as the EcoBoost and Shelby GT500 variations don’t seem to lose any power for the 2022 model year. This is a curious, but welcome inconsistency.

Likewise, there is a new, yet to be revealed package on the way as well. Available late in the model year is the Coastal Limited Package. It features several unique touches, including Coastal Limited Lighted sill plates, body-color grilles, pedestal spoilers, side scoops, vinyl stripes, and 19x8.5-inch Machined-face Aluminum/Tarnished Dark-painted wheels.

We already knew about the Ice White Appearance Package and Stealth Package options for 2022, but there is a yet unseen, late-availability option called the Coastal Limited Package, which includes a number of unique appearance items.

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